And the World Travel Awards go to... Portugal

You need more than your fingers on both hands to count all the awards received by Portuguese institutions and companies at the World Travel Awards, which took place last 1st December in Lisbon. In all, 16 awards were won.

Portugal was voted World's Leading Destination for the second time in a row, surpassing strong competitors: South Africa, Brazil, Spain, USA, Greece, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Morocco, New Zealand, Kenya, Rwanda, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. The Secretary of State for Tourism, Ana Mendes Godinho, commented in a statement that "we are very proud to receive this distinction again". "Being the world champion in tourism for the second consecutive year is a sign of Portugal's ability to gain a foothold internationally, thanks to the work of all the Portuguese. Portugal is indeed a must-see destination. This is, above all, a prize for the Portuguese," the governor mentioned.
The Portuguese capital won two World Tourism "Oscars", specifically World's Leading City Destination and World's Leading City Break Destination. Madeira is World's Leading Island Destination and Turismo de Portugal the World's Leading Tourist Board.
The World Travel Awards are awarded by industry professionals and are often considered the "Oscars" of tourism. They were first awarded in 1993, recognising the work developed in the tourist industry, in order to boost tourism's competitiveness and quality. Winners are chosen worldwide.
Here are the 16 winners:
World's Leading Adventure Tourist Attraction 2018
Passadiços do Paiva (Arouca UNESCO Global Geopark), Portugal
World's Leading Airline to Africa 2018
TAP Air Portugal
World's Leading Airline to South America 2018
TAP Air Portugal
World's Leading Boutique Hotel Operator 2018
Amazing Evolution Management
World's Leading City Break Destination 2018
Lisbon, Portugal
World's Leading City Destination 2018
Lisbon, Portugal
World's Leading City Hotel 2018
Corinthia Hotel Lisbon, Portugal
World's Leading Classic Hotel 2018
Olissippo Lapa Palace Hotel, Portugal
World's Leading Conservation Company 2018
Parques de Sintra - Monte da Lua, Portugal
World's Leading Design Hotel 2018
The Vine Hotel, Portugal
World's Leading Destination 2018
World's Leading Fine Dining Hotel Restaurant 2018
Vila Joya Hotel Restaurant @ Vila Joya, Portugal
World's Leading Inflight Magazine 2018
Up Magazine (TAP Air Portugal)
World's Leading Island Destination 2018
Madeira Islands
World's Leading Luxury Leisure Resort 2018
Conrad Algarve, Portugal
World's Leading Tourist Board 2018
Turismo de Portugal

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