In this year’s edition of the World Travel Awards, also known as the Oscars of Tourism, Portugal won the best tourism destination of the World! This is the first time ever that an European country has been awarded with this distinction. Portugal outpaced competitors such as Brazil, Greece, USA, Spain, Vietnam and the Maldives. In total, 17 countries were nominated for the award, Portugal making it into the list for having won, in September, Best European Destination.
Altogether, our country gathered 6 awards, attributed by a committee consisting of the general public and of over 200 thousand professionals in tourism from over 160 nationalities.
Parques de Sintra, the only European NGO nominated won for the 5th time the category of Best Conservation Company of the World, for its efforts in the recuperation and restauration of parks and monuments.
Madeira was considered the World’s Leading Island Destination (leaving behind Bali, Barbados, Cook Islands, Crete, Fiji and Jamaica), Pine Cliffs the World’s Leading Luxury Leisure Resort and Turismo de Portugal the World’s Leading Tourist Board.
Another highlight was Lisbon, Wine With a View’s hometown, which was elected World’s Leading City Break Destination 2017, due to its attractiveness and excellent offers for short trips.
In an interview for the Portuguese newspaper Público, Ana Mendes Godinho, secretary of state for tourism, stated: “This is a big achievement and recognition of our country. A country that is authentic, innovative and offers a wide variety of experiences and landscapes, a country that combines cosmopolitism, history, tradition, sun, nature and gastronomy. A country that likes and knows how to welcome everybody.”
So now, what are you waiting for to see it for yourself? Book your trip to the World’s Leading City Break destination and enjoy a glass of fabulous Portuguese Wine With a View over the rooftops of beautiful Lisbon!