Portugal wins 12 world tourism “Oscars”

Porto voted best urban destination in the world.

Portugal celebrates another successful performance at the international edition of the Global Travel Rewards (WTA), having brought home 12 major honors.

lead the way are Port, which was hailed First urban destination in the world; the archipelago of Madeira, distinguished as the First island destination in the world ; and Portuguese capital Lisbon, name it First metropolitan seaside destination in the world.

The Council of Porto described the award as the “world’s highest honor in the field of travel and tourism” and a ” unique distinction in the industry”, while the Regional State Secretary for Culture of Madeira declared that the price of the archipelago “strengthens its international positioning”.

The Algarve, however, could not retain the title of the world’s top beach destination which it held for two consecutive years, having lost it to the Philippines.

Portugal’s Flagship Airline FAUCET – who remains an almost daily topic of conversation due to his possible reprivatization – can at least enjoy a moment of respite, after being appointed World’s leading airline to Africa and of the world First airline to South America.

Elsewhere in Portugal, the superb Passadicos do Paiva walks in Arouca were hailed World’s Best Adventure Tourist Attraction.

Dark sky Alquevawhich describes itself as the “first star-rated tourist destination in the world”, has been awarded Global Responsible Tourism Award while Sintra Parks – Monte da Lua had been named World’s leading conservation company.

from Portugal hotel sector also had its moments in the spotlight.

In the Algarveof Almancil Dunas Douradas Beach Club was named world leader Golf and villa complex.

Two hotels were awarded in Lisbon, with Pestana Palace to be named World’s Best Luxury Business Hotel and Olissippo Lapa Palace win the title Best classic hotel in the world.

Last but not least, Portuguese company Incredible evolution was honored with the title of World’s leading boutique hotel operator.

The winners were announced on Friday evening at the 2022 World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final Gala Ceremony in Muscat, Oman.

WTA Founder Graham Cooke said: “I would personally like to thank all of the winners tonight. You have been recognized by our global voting public as leaders in tourism excellence. I know that your commitment to becoming the best will in turn serve to raise the standards throughout the industry and raise the collective benchmark.”

WTA was created in 1993 to “recognise, reward and celebrate excellence in all sectors of the tourism industry”.

“Today, the WTA brand is recognized worldwide as the ultimate mark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire,” the WTA website reads.

By Michael Bruxo


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Portugal wins 12 world tourism “Oscars”