Portugal: World Tour Champion
Portugal officially "played at home" this year, in those who are considered the 'Oscars' of tourism globally. The 25th edition of the World Travel Awards took place in Lisbon soil and Portuguese tourism totaled 16 prizes, a historical result comparing with the last two years.
The nominee’s selection is made by online appointment of the general public and by more than 200,000 professionals from the sector from 160 countries. The winners are elected by the vote of the public and a group of specialists in the area.
For the second consecutive year, Portugal was elected as World’s Leading Destination, leaving behind countries like Brazil, Greece, Maldives, USA, Morocco, Vietnam or Spain – Portugal was the first country in Europe to win the title.
Also Turismo de Portugal was for the second consecutive time considered the World's Leading Tourist Board and the portal visitportugal.com, as in 2017, was considered the World's Leading Tourism Authority Website.
This is the recognition of the professionalism of thousands of people who have worked for years in the area of tourism in Portugal, as well as the characteristic hospitality of our people. Portugal's international recognition has definitely increased. Since 2015 the number of international articles about the destination Portugal increased 107%.
It is undoubtedly an unmissable destination! Due to beaches and caves, history and heritage, codfish and “pastéis de nata”, orange juice and red wine, good music and events, safety and ease of transportation, good weather and the people.
A country full of history, natural beauty and unsurpassed gastronomy. All this completed with the Portuguese people’s unforgettable art of welcoming – our Portugal!