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Portugal voted best destination in the world

2017-12-11 www.publico.pt www.publico.pt Filipe Farinha / Stills
It is the first European country to win this prize in the World Travel Awards.

Portugal won the World Travel Awards at the World Travel Awards on Sunday, becoming the first European country to win this distinction. The country has defeated competitors such as Brazil, Greece, Maldives, USA, Morocco, Vietnam or Spain.

In a statement, the Secretary of State for Tourism points out that in Europe, "only the cities of London and Paris" have already won this prize, with Dubai being the destination that has been awarded the World Travel Awards ( WTA), considered internationally as the "Oscars of Tourism".

In the WTA 2017 final - which took place in Phu Quoc, Vietnam - the city of Lisbon was also the winner by winning, for the first time, the award for best destination for City Break of the World, attributed "for its attractiveness and offer of excellence in which concerns short stays ".

Sintra's Parks - a public capital company that does not receive funding from the State Budget - won for the fifth consecutive year in the category of World's Best Conservation Company, in which category it was once again named European. It was distinguished by the work of recovery and restoration of the parks and monuments under its management.

Portugal joined the list of 17 candidates for the World's Best Tourist Destination in the 2017 World Travel Awards final after having won the European Best Destination award in September.

Considering that it is a "unique moment for tourism in Portugal", the Secretary of State for Tourism, Ana Mendes Godinho, said that it is the "recognition of the work developed over the years by all those who are in some way linked to tourism ".

"It is an authentic, innovative country that has reinvented itself, which brings together a wide variety of experiences and landscapes, a country that combines cosmopolitanism, history, tradition, sun, nature and gastronomy. who knows and likes to welcome everyone, "said Ana Mendes Godinho.

Describing Portugal as "a tourist destination of excellence", the official says it is now necessary "to continue this work of showing all the diversity of what Portugal has to offer".

In addition to the award for best tourist destination, Portugal also won the distinction of "Best Official Tourism Organization of the World", attributed to Turismo de Portugal, and "Best Official Tourism Site", attributed to portal visitportugal.com.

Emphasizing that this is the first time "in ten years of history" that Turismo de Portugal is recognized "with global awards", the president of this organization, Luís Araújo, believes that seeing "the distinguished tourism strategy" gives "a motivation increased to the objectives until 2027, to affirm Portugal as a tourist destination of excellence ".

Created in 1993, the World Travel Awards recognize the work developed in the area of ​​the tourist industry at a global level, in order to stimulate the competitiveness and the quality of the tourism, being the selection of the nominees realized annually on a worldwide scale by the general public and for more of 200 thousand tourism professionals from 160 countries.

The nominees for the grand finale of the prize are the winners of the regional finals, joined by others nominated by the WTA itself.