Algarve wins two of Portugal’s four tourism ‘Oscars’

Portugal has retained the four World Travel Awards it won last year, including the two clinched by the Algarve.

Conrad Algarve in Quinta do Lago was again named the ‘World’s Leading Luxury Leisure Resort’ while Vila Vita Parc in Armação de Pêra retained the title of the ‘World’s Leading Luxury Green Resort’.

Other accolades went to Parques de Sintra – the company handling several monuments and palaces in the hilltop town of Sintra – which yet again won ‘World’s Leading Conservation Company’, and to Madeira which for the second year was hailed the ‘World’s Leading Island Destination’.

WTAs are considered the ‘Oscars’ of the tourism sector and are attributed every year.

The latest award ceremony was held last Friday (December 2) in the Maldives, which won ‘World’s Best Beach Destination’ – an accolade the Algarve has won three times.

In total, Portugal had 34 nominations in 33 categories.

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”.

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