Portugal shines at 29th World Travel Awards ‘blockbuster ceremony’
Portugal has come away from the 29th World Travel Awards with a basket full of accolades

Portugal shines at 29th World Travel Awards ‘blockbuster ceremony’

Holds onto multiple coveted European accolades

Portugal has once again featured ‘big time’ in the latest World Travel Awards, bestowed at a “blockbuster gala ceremony” in Mallorca over the weekend.

This comparatively tiny country on the edge of Europe came away with a multiplicity of awards – not least the crowning glory of  ‘Europe’s Leading Destination’. 

Also won were ‘Europe’s Leading Beach Destination’ (going to the Algarve), ‘Europe’s Leading City Destination’ (Porto), ‘Europe’s Leading City Break Destination’ (Lisbon), ‘Europe’s Leading Cruise Port’ (Lisbon), ‘Europe’s Leading Cruise Destination’ (Lisbon), ‘Europe’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination’ (Azores), ‘Europe’s Leading Seaside Metropolitan Destination’ (Lisbon), ‘Europe’s Leading Tourist Board’ and ‘Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction’ (Passadiços de Paiva in the Arouca UNESCO GeoPark).

Hotels and resorts were also showered with WTA stardust.

Winners in this 29th edition were: Pestana Porto Santo, winning the award for ‘Europe’s Leading all-inclusive resort’, Pestana Alvor Praia taking the ‘Europe’s Leading Beach Hotel’, 1908 Lisboa Hotel taking ‘Europe’s Leading Design Hotel’; Vila Baleira Resort in Porto Santo, Madeira, taking ‘Europe’s Leading Island Resort’; Vila Galé Collection Braga taking ‘Europe’s Leading Landmark Hotel’; the Algarve’s Pine Cliffs clinching ‘Europe’s Leading Leisure Resort’; Cristiano Ronaldo’s joint venture the Pestana CR7 Lisboa receiving ‘Europe’s Leading Lifestyle Hotel’;  Conrad Algarve winning ‘Europe’s Leading Lifestyle Resort’; the Monte Santo resort in Carvoeiro clinching ‘Europe’s Most Romantic Resort’; the Algarve’s Cascade Wellness Resort receiving the award for ‘Europe’s Leading Sports Resort’; Dunas Douradas Beach Club coming away with ‘Europe’s Leading Villa Resort’, and quite a few others in between. There is even a winner in the ‘leading Green Hotel’ category: Galo Resort Hotels.

Flagship airline TAP – which has suffered such terrible press over the summer – managed to pick up accolades as ‘Europe’s Leading Airline to Africa’ and ‘Europe’s Leading Airline to South America’.

This was an event that is often described as the ‘Tourism Oscars’, in spite of the fact that it comes round more than once a year. As the WTA press release explains: “Each year, WTA covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to reward and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region.

“WTA gala ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries and international print and broadcast media”.

Graham Cooke, Founder, WTA, said after this latest jamboree: “What a truly memorable experience was had by our international VIP audience. This enchanting island setting proved to be the perfect backdrop for a sensational two-day event crowned by this evening’s Gala Ceremony. Hilton Mallorca Galatzo has done itself proud by making Europe’s luminaries feel so warmly welcomed.

“WTA had the privilege of recognising the industry’s leading lights from across Europe. As stellar examples of tourism excellence, our winners have helped the industry to raise the collective benchmark”.

The next red carpet events on the WTA Grand Tour 2022 will take place in Nairobi, Kenya (Africa & Indian Ocean), Amman, Jordan (Middle East) and Muscat, Oman (Grand Final).

Find more information and a full list of winners on the official WTA website.

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

Today, the WTA brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.