For the third time in a row Portugal voted the best tourist destination in the world, but it did not stop here, Lisbon, Azores and others also received the Oscars at the WTA ceremony this Thursday in Muscat, capital of Oman.
This year Portugal won 13 awards at the distinguished ceremony of the World Travel Awards, among them the election of Lisbon as the best ‘city break’ destination in the world, a prize very much appreciated by European cities, while Madeira won the prize for the best island destination in the world. world, Passadiços do Paiva was also awarded the best tourist attraction in the world in the adventure segment.
But the best prize was even the best destination in the world, distinguished competitors were also nominated, among them; Spain, Costa Rica, the Maldives, Malaysia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Dubai, South Africa or Kenya were also other countries that were in this race.
In June, Portugal had already been re-elected as the best destination in Europe in the World Travel Awards, which increased the bet on the prize for the best tourist destination in the World, as the Secretary of State for Tourism says, it is an honor to have received this prize, which rewards the excellence of Portugal and the Portuguese, and that we must continue to work to reinforce Portugal’s international affirmation.
Lisbon that received in 2018, and for the second time, the ‘Oscar’ for “Best destination in the world for city breaks”, in addition to its debut last year, at the “Best destination city in the world” award, hard work in the requalification of heritage and the promotion of the city, as well as an improvement in the cultural, gastronomic and tourist offer, have put the city on the route of good practices, and this is reflected in these distinctions “, words of Paula Oliveira, executive director of the Association Lisbon Tourism (ATL).
Turismo de Portugal was not forgotten, having been elected for the third consecutive year the “Best official tourism organization in the world”, Luís Araújo, president of the same, this ‘Oscar’ “is nothing more than the recognition of the success of the Tourism Strategy 2027 “and the” commitment “of this entity to reach the goals defined in this plan” with a view to “affirming Portugal as a tourist destination of excellence” – an objective that, according to the person in charge, mobilized all the workers of this organization.
As the Sintra Parks inhabited us, for the seventh consecutive year it won the award for “Best company in the world in conservation”, believing that Portugal should continue on this path of record in tourism, even with the economic slowdown in the economies of the main tourist markets, like Germany and England, mainly by Brexit.
The ultimate goal will be to ensure that tourists stay longer in Portugal, statistically tourists stay around 2.7 days, with the ambition to increase this stay and promote less sought after destinations looking for a democratization of Tourism in Portugal.