Algarve, Madeira, Lisbon and the Portuguese golf among the best in Europe in the World Travel Awards
Antalya, Turkey, was the scene on Saturday gala award of the World Travel Awards for Europe and the Turkish night these "Oscars" of the tourism industry smiled Portugal: won six awards in editing 2012, that ran in the Algarve, Portuguese tourism spent nine, the continental level, to which are added two more distinctions in the division of the Mediterranean and only ten national.
Portugal, that competed with 41 appointments, repeated victories last year in key niches for Portuguese Tourism:
-the country was declared the European leader in golf destination
-while the Algarve holds the scepter best destination for beaches. -Novelty is the distinction won by Wood as the best island destination,
-while Lisbon, he was nominated for the "Oscar" page (Best Destination), held the distinction of ideal urban destination for getaways.
The remaining World Travel Awards Europe - voted online for everybody but according to a system in which the votes of about 180 billion worth of tourism professionals for two - were conquered by Portugal for "aircraft carrier" of national hotel. Among the winners Algarve, is the Joya-Vila, the best boutique resort (continuing unbeatable in this category, which has also won worldwide),
-the Conrad (declared best European luxury resort), Hotel Quinta do Lago (golfe resort)
-and Martinhal (villa resort).
-By Madeiran hospitality, honors are due to the The Vine (best design hotel).
Beyond the continental level, The WTA also honor the best in regional and national terms. And Portugal also get points in the field (certainly geo-cultural) Mediterranean: Fifth White House (Madeira) and Penha Longa (Sintra) won, respectively, in the categories of best boutique hotel and spa resort Mediterranean. The only national level, were distributed by the WTA hotels Lisbon, Sintra, Algarve and Madeira: Best of Portugal, according to WTA, Reid's Palace are (best hotel), Quinta do Lago (best resort), Bairro Alto Hotel (boutique hotel), Ria Park (two awards: business hotel e conference hotel), Martinhal (resort familiar), Hilton Vilamoura (resort de golfe), Troy Design (hotel residences), Vilalara (spa resort) Merchant and Apartments (apartments).
Among the major international winners are Yorkshire (England, destination of the year), Lufthansa (best airline) e easyJet (melhor low-cost), Airport Zurique, the Europcar (best rent-a-car and Responsible Tourism Award), The Orient Express (best luxury train), a Thomson (best travel agency), Thomas Cook (operator) ou a Norwegian (Cruise). In hospitality, the gold alloy is composed hairs Turks Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul (best hotel) and Mardan Palace (hotel luxo), o italiano Forte Village (resort) or InterContinental (chains). Between 79 awards at European level and 273 divided country to country, premium was up to the Eiffel Tower, declared the best tourist attraction.
After the hangover of celebrations, the feast of the WTA - who are celebrating two decades - goes to another regional rounds (Caribbean and North America, Asia and Australasia, Africa) but the industry is already eyeing the largest data: 30 November, day that, in Doha, (Qatar, Hotel La Cigale not), be held the gala award the best in the world. Portugal won three world "Oscars" in the previous edition (TAP, Vila Joya, Conrad) and expectations, taking into account the range of European premium now received, will be higher than ever.
The full list of winners is available at www.worldtravelawards.com.