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Portugal wins four new World Travel ‘Oscars’

Portugal has remained at the top of the tourism game, winning four major prizes at this year’s international edition of the World Travel Awards (WTA).

Considered to be tourism’s equivalent of the ‘Oscars’, two of the awards went to the Algarve, with Conrad Algarve in Quinta do Lago named ‘World’s Leading Luxury Leisure Resort’ for the third year in a row and Vila Vita Parc in Porches winning ‘World’s Leading Luxury Green Resort’.

Madeira has also reached worldwide fame, winning ‘World’s Leading Island Destination’ despite fierce competition from the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, Sardinia, Malta and Cyprus.

Another major accolade went to Parques de Sintra – the company that manages many of Sintra’s beautiful monuments and palaces – which yet again was named ‘World’s Leading Conservation Company’.

There were 27 other Portuguese nominees in a total of 155 categories. The Algarve had been nominated for ‘World’s Best Beach Destination’ but saw the prize going to the Maldives.

The latest award ceremony took place on Saturday (December 12) at the Mazagan Golf & Beach Resort in Morocco.

In September, Portugal won 14 accolades at the European edition of the WTA (see story Portugal glitters at World Travel “Oscars”’)

The WTA was established in 1993 to “acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry”.

According to its website, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners “setting the benchmark to which all others aspire”.

Source: Portugal Resident