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Portugal 'Europe's Leading Tourist Destination' for First Time

Portugal won the award for Europe's Leading Tourism Destination at the World Travel Awards, the most prestigious tourism awards.

This prize was awarded at a ceremony held in St Petersburg in the presence of the Secretary of State for Tourism in Portugal, Ana Mendes Godinho.

The fact that Portugal won this award for the first time is evidence of the progress Portugal has made in terms of visibility and prestige as a quality destination (only during 2017 Portugal received more than 2,300 prizes and distinctions). The diversity of landscapes, the strengthening of air accessibility, the ease of travelling within the country and the friendliness and welcoming spirit of the Portuguese people towards the ones who visit Portugal were definitely excellent arguments that motivated this important distinction.

This award is also the recognition of the commitment of all in making Portugal a tourism destination of excellence, with unique offer that extends throughout the territory, from north to south, from the coast to the interior.

Portugal was also the country that received the most awards in this gala, held in St Petersburg, with 37 distinctions ranging from Europe’s Leading Cruise Port (Lisbon), Europe’s Leading Island Destination (Madeira), Europe’s Leading Beach Destination (Algarve) or Europe’s Leading Tourist Board (Turismo de Portugal).

Portugal won 37 of the Oscars of Tourism, 13 more than last year, which reinforces not only the image of the 3rd most peaceful country in the world but also the 14th most competitive country in the world in Tourism that every year receives over 21 million visitors.

Established In 1993, the World Travel Awards™ acknowledges, rewards and celebrates excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. Thousands of industry professionals identify the selection of nominees at an international level and choose their favourites every year.

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