Portugal has been the big winner in this 12 months’ World Travel Awards, which has unveiled its lists of Europe’s exceptional traveler locations for 2019. Known as the Oscars of tourism, the World Travel Awards named Portugal for the third consecutive yr as “Europe’s Leading Tourist Destination,” with the Algarve area getting its very own award because the “Leading Beach Destination” and the country’s capital, Lisbon, selected as “Europe’s Leading City Break Destination.

The bulletins had been made in the course of a gala ceremony on the island of Madeira, which, alongside Porto Santo and Desertas, form the Madeira archipelago and turned into voted “Europe’s Best Island Destination.

With its blue skies, crystalline waters, scenic hikes, subtropical weather, and rugged landscape, Madeira, positioned within the North Atlantic Ocean, is a famous year-spherical vacation destination with nearly 1.5 million travelers traveling every 12 months.

“Europe’s Leading Adventure Tourist Attraction” turned into accorded to another Portuguese hotspot: the Passadiços do Paiva within the Arouca Geopark, with its 8-million-plus kilometers of walkways via stunning, “untouched” natural landscapes recognized by way of UNESCO as a Geological Heritage of Humanity. In general, Portugal basked in 39 accolades, which include several lodge classes such as Best Business, Design, Luxury, All-inclusive, and Romantic Hotels.

The Portuguese airline TAP became voted Europe’s main airline heading to South America and Africa. Other winners in Europe encompass the Russian town of St. Petersburg, selected as “Europe’s Leading City Destination,” Madrid as “Europe’s Leading Meetings and Conferences Destination,” and Batumi, Georgia, “with its mix of Belle Epoque and modern splendor” as “Europe’s Leading Emerging Tourism Destination.

The hotel winners include the Hilton Hotels & Resorts, voted “Europe’s Leading Hotel Brand,” and the InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, winner of “Europe’s Leading Business Hotel Brand. In the newcomer classes, the InterContinental Sofia in Bulgaria became named “Europe’s Leading New Hotel,” L’Oscar Hotel in London as “Europe’s Leading New Boutique Hotel.

The San Clemente Palace Kempinski in Venice as “Europe’s Leading Luxury Wedding Resort,” Pestana Porto Santo All Inclusive Beach & Spa Resort in Portugal as “Europe’s Leading All-Inclusive Resort. In different classes, Venice Simplon Orient-Express won as “Europe’s Leading Luxury Train” and Turismo de Portugal as “Europe’s Leading Tourist Board.

Established in 1993, the World Travel Awards (WTA) rewards leaders inside the tourism, airline, motel, and hospitality sectors worldwide, selected via a web ballot concerning purchasers from most people and lots of experts from the tourism and tour enterprise international.

It covers 130 classes from transportation – air, cruise, vehicle, and rail – to sights, destinations, hotels, hotels, meetings and conventions, organizations and operators, and travel generation vendors. The event in Madeira become part of the WTA Grand Tour 2019, a chain of annual enterprise galas held across the globe yearly.