Portugal top of list at World Travel Awards 2012

The prestigious World Travel Awards 2012 acknowledged the Algarve as Europe’s top beach destination, and Portugal as Europe’s top golf destination.

Europe‘s travel elite, including senior tourism and international media from 35 different countries, gathered at the new Conrad Algarve hotel at Quinta do Lago on last 6th October, as the World Travel Awards (WTA) announced victorious brands including Lufthansa, Kempinski Hotels & Resorts, DFDS Seaways, Disneyland Paris and Norwegian Cruise Line.

A wave of success swept Portugal as the WTA, known as the ‘Oscars‘ of the tourism industry, announced the Algarve was awarded seven of the eight categories it was nominated for, including ‘Best European Beach destination’.

Christopher Frost, vice president of the WTA, told journalists these prizes were proof the Algarve is an “excellent market” and that tourists continued to visit the region, despite the ongoing crisis. According to weekly newspaper Expresso, this was especially true of luxury resort tourists, who have not felt the effects of the crisis as much.

The Vila Joya hotel in Albufeira conquered Europe’s ‘Leading Boutique Hotel‘ prize for the fourth consecutive year, and the Conrad Algarve, where the event took place, was recognised as Europe’s ‘Best New Resort.’ The Dunas Douradas Beach Club was distinguished as ‘Best Housing Complex‘ and the Martinhal Beach Resort & hotel was awarded ‘Best Villa Resort.’

Other award-wining hotels include the Ria Park Hotel & Spa, which won the ‘Best Conference Hotel‘ category, and the Sheraton Algarve Hotel and Pine Cliffs Resort which won the ‘Best Family Resort‘ award. The only hotel outside the Algarve distinguished by the WTA was Lisbon‘s Bairro Alto Hotel, considered the ‘Best Boutique Hotel.’

The winners of these legs go head-to-head at WTA’s Grand Final, which will be held at The Oberoi, Gurgaon, in New Delhi, India on 12 December.

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Source: Portugal Daily View

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