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Portugal shines at World Travel Awards 2021

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Portugal has again picked up a clutch of awards at the 28th World Travel Awards which are considered the ‘Oscars’ of international tourism.

This year, and despite the Covid-19 pandemic, it picked up 20 awards. The Azores region won the ‘Best Adventure Tourism Destination’ while the Algarve won ‘Best Beach Destination’. Madeira won the ‘Best Island Destination’.
Lisbon Cruise Ship Terminal was also the best, while Portugal’s tourism board Turismo de Portugal won the award for ‘Best Tourism Authority’. The Paiva Walkways once again picked up the award for ‘Best Adventure Tourism Attraction’ and ‘Best Tourism Development Project’.
The Pestana CR7 Lisboa was the best ‘Lifestyle Hotel’ and the ‘Best Resort’ was the Conrad Algarve.
The Valverde Hotel won the award for ‘Best Luxury Boutique Hotel’ and Vila Vita Parc was the ‘Best Luxury Villas Hotel’.
The Lake Resort was considered the ‘Best Luxury and Lifestyle Resort’ and the Dunas Douradas Beach Club was voted the ‘Best Resort and Luxury Villas Space’.
The Cascade Wellness Resort was elected the ‘Best Resort in Europe’ in the sports category.
The awards are the result of online voting which is open to the public, tourism professionals and travel agents worldwide.
Sheree M. Mitchell the president & founder of Immersa Global, an upscale inbound tour operator that specialises in curating exclusive travel programs and small meetings for discerning American clients in Portugal, tells Essential Business “it comes as no surprise that Portugal would rack up so many World Travel Awards this year, The band Portugal has not only gained significant international notoriety lately, but it also represents everything that the post-pandemic traveller is seeking such as safety, social and environmental accountability, authenticity and fun”.

The full list of Portugal’s winners are:

Europe’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination: Açores
Europe’s Leading Adventure Tourist Attraction: Passadiços do Paiva
Europe’s Leading Airline to Africa: TAP Air Portugal
Europe’s Leading Airline to South America: TAP Air Portugal
Europe’s Leading All-Inclusive Resort: Club Med Da Balaia
Europe’s Leading Beach Destination: The Algarve, Portugal
Europe’s Leading Cruise Port: Lisbon Cruise Port, Portugal
Europe’s Leading River Cruise Company 2021: DouroAzul
Europe’s Leading Design Hotel: 1908 Lisboa Hotel, Portugal
Europe’s Leading Island Resort: Saccharum, Portugal
Europe’s Leading Lifestyle Hotel: Pestana CR7 Lisboa, Portugal
Europe’s Leading Luxury Boutique Hotel: Valverde Hotel, Portugal
Europe’s Leading Luxury Hotel & Villas: Vila Vita Parc, Portugal
Europe’s Leading Luxury Lifestyle Resort: The Lake Spa Resort, Portugal
Europe’s Leading Luxury Resort & Villas: Dunas Douradas Beach Club, Portugal
Europe’s Leading Sports Resort: Cascade Wellness Resort
Europe’s Leading Tourism Development Project: Passadiços do Paiva
Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction Development Project: 516 Arouca
Europe’s Leading Tourist Board: Turismo de Portugal
Europe’s Leading Villa Resort: Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort
Europe’s Leading Wine Region Hotel: L’AND Vineyards
Europe’s Most Romantic Resort: Monte Santo Resort
Europe’s Responsible Tourism Award: Dark Sky Alqueva
Europe’s Leading Lifestyle Resort: Conrad Algarve
Portugal’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2021: Pestana CR7 Funchal
Portugal’s Leading Boutique Resort 2021: Herdade dos Delgados
Portugal’s Leading Business Hotel 2021: Pestana Palace Lisboa
Portugal’s Leading Car Rental Company 2021: Europcar
Portugal’s Leading Conference Hotel 2021: EPIC SANA Lisboa Hotel
Portugal’s Leading Design Hotel 2021: Boeira Garden Hotel Porto Gaia, Curio Collection by Hilton
Portugal’s Leading Destination Management Company 2021: Liberty Portugal
Portugal’s Leading Family Resort 2021: Cascade Wellness Resort
Portugal’s Leading Green Hotel 2021: Galo Resort Hotels
Portugal’s Leading Hotel 2021: Belmond Reid’s Palace
Portugal’s Leading Hotel Residences 2021: Monte Santo Resort
Portugal’s Leading Hotel Suite 2021: Infinity Penthouse @ Conrad Algarve
Portugal’s Leading Lifestyle Hotel 2021: Pestana CR7 Funchal
Portugal’s Leading Luxury Hotel 2021: Savoy Palace
Portugal’s Leading Online Travel Agency 2021: Abreu Express
Portugal’s Leading Resort 2021: Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa
Portugal’s Leading Serviced Apartments 2021: Pine Hills Vilamoura
Portugal’s Leading Tour Operator 2021: Portugal.com
Portugal’s Leading Travel Agency 2021: Agência Abreu
Portugal’s Leading Travel Management Company 2021: FCM Travel – Portugal
Portugal’s Leading Villa Resort 2021: Dunas Douradas Beach Club


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