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Portugal rewarded as Best destination in the World Travel Awards

Published on : Thursday, January 10, 2019

Last year, along with 15 other awards, Portugal won the 25th edition of the World Travel Awards for the Best Destination in the World» and «Best European Destination for the second consecutive year.

Lisbon was voted the Best Destination Cit and the Best City Break Destination. Madeira was considered the Best Insular Destination and Passadiços do Paiva the Best Adventure Tourism Attraction.

Also, Portugal won awards for the Best Tourism Organization and the Best Conservation Company. TAP Air Portugal, the Portuguese airline won three awards. Five hotels in Portugal received awards like the Leading City Hotel in the world, Leading Classic Hotel and Leading Design Hotel of the world.

The World Travel Awards reward excellence encompassing all sectors of the world travel and tourism. Portugal defeated many other well-known destinations like South Africa, Brazil, Spain, Greece, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Morocco, New Zealand, Kenya, Rwanda, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

Also, Portugal was recognized as the Best World and European Golf Destination in the World Golf Awards last year.

The rush in tourism has been boosting the economic growth of Portugal ever since 2014 with major investments in new hotels and residential projects for short-term leases.

From the time of 2013, the number of international visitors have grown from € 15,9 million to € 24,6 million in 2017. As per the Portuguese National Statistics Institute, tourism-related revenues reached € 15,2 million in 2017.

Foreign direct investment (FDI) grew 61%. Unemployment dropped 8,9% and 7.657 new jobs were created as a direct result of FDI.


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