Portugal was honored with 16 top awards by the prestigious 2014 World Travel Awards Europe at the “Oscars” of world tourism industry ceremony held in Athens, Greece.
The awards went to Lisbon as the best port and cruise destination and Madeira as the best islands to vacation; cruise operator DouroAzul was awarded as the best river cruise company; TAP Air Portugal was honored as the best airline with the links to Africa and South America while Turismo de Portugal was voted the best official tourism organization in Europe.
Additional awards went to hotels, mostly in the Algarve and Madeira regions namely, Conrad Algarve (Best Luxury Resort), Bairro Alto Hotel (Best Historic Heritage Hotel), Choupana Hills (Best Boutique Resort), Vila Joya (Best Boutique Hotel), The Vine (Best Design Hotel), Pestana Porto Santo (Best All-Inclusive Resort), Pine Cliffs (Best Hotel Residences) or Martinhal Resort (Best Villa Resort). The “Most Romantic Resort in Europe” award was given to the Vila Vita Parc.
In sub-regional categories two additional Portuguese hotels were distinguished namely Quinta da Casa Branca (Boutique Hotel) and Penha Longa (Spa Resort). Other top winners include the Terra Nostra Garden Hotel (Sao Miguel,Azores), Sheraton (Algarve), the Pousada de Cascais (Cascais/Estoril), the Hotel Quinta do Lago or Vilalara (Algarve).
In 2013, Portugal had won 9 of the World Travel Awards Europe, with the Algarve being the best destination for beaches; Madeira as the best island destination; and Lisbon the as best destination for getaways.
Established in 1993, the World Travel Awards honors and rewards excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry offering one of the most prestigious and comprehensive awards program in travel and tourism, recognized worldwide as the hallmark of industry excellence. The winners are determined by an online vote cast by hundreds of travel professionals and consumers around the world.
See the 2014 World Travel Awards Europe full list here.