Portugal was chosen for the third consecutive year as the Best European Tourist Destination by the World Travel Awards, in a ceremony held in Madeira.
Portugal was elected in 2018 as the Best Destination in the World for the second consecutive year.
In a statement sent by the Cabinet of the Deputy Minister and Economy, "this distinction was first attributed to the country in 2017, renewed in 2018 and again awarded in 2019", which consolidates Portugal's international recognition as a tourist destination and shows how the country is "in the top of the preferences of international tourists".
At the awards ceremony, which took place for the first time on national territory, Portugal was distinguished with 16 prizes, a record, after the seven trophies of 2017 and four of 2016. In June 2018, Portugal was re-elected as Europe’s Best Tourist Destination.
Madeira ‘World’s Leading Island Destination’;Turismo de Portugal was named ‘World’s Leading Tourist Board’; Lisbon was voted the World’s Leading City Destination and City Break Destination. The visitportugal.com portal repeated the 2017 achievement by being chosen as the Best Official Tourism Website in the World.
Portugal beat 16 competitors namely South Africa, Brazil, Spain, USA, Greece, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Morocco, New Zealand, Kenya, Rwanda, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
Other top prize winners in Algarve were Vila Joya and the Conrad Algarve.
The evening marked the climax of the World Travel Awards 25th anniversary and the Grand Tour 2018 – an annual search for the finest travel and tourism organizations in the world. Hundreds of the leading travel industries figureheads from across the globe attended the ceremony.
"In the last years, Portugal has assumed itself as a must-see and irresistible destination, and the fact that we have won this distinction in a row shows that our strategy is right, yields and is consistent," said Deputy Economy Minister.
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