Portugal shines at the World Travel Awards 2012

Portugal won a number of awards at this year’s World Travel Awards – Europe Ceremony 2012, which was held at the brand new Conrad Algarve in Vilamoura last Saturday, 6 October.

Portugal Car Hire and the World Travel Awards 2012VIPs, senior tourism figures and international media travelled from 35 different countries to attend the event, which was held in partnership with Conrad Algarve and the Algarve Tourism Board.

Known as the ‘Oscars’ of the tourism industry the WTA recognises excellence in the global travel and tourism industryand this year Portugal was at a high level.

Portugal reigned supreme with the Algarve alone winning seven of the eight categories it was nominated for, including ‘Best European Beach Destination’.

The Algarve’s exclusive Vila Joya hotel (Albufeira) again conquered the title of ‘Leading European Boutique Hotel’, for the fourth consecutive year,  while the Dunas Douradas Beach Club (Almancil) and Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel (Sagres) were also distinguished with the title of ‘Best Housing Complex’ and best ‘Villa Resort’, respectively.

‘Best European Conference Hotel’ went to the Ria Park Hotel & Spa (Almancil), while the Sheraton Algarve Hotel & Pine Cliffs Resort scooped ‘Best Family Resort’.

Le Meridien Penina was considered Europe’s ‘Best Golf Resort’ as well as ‘Europe’s Leading Resort’, with the Hilton Vilamoura taking ‘Best European Hotel’.

The event’s host, the Conrad Algarve, was also distinguished as the ‘Best New Luxury Resort’.

Porches’ Blu & Green Vilalara Thalassa Resort took the title of Europe’s ‘Best Spa Resort’.

The only hotel outside the Algarve to take a prize during Saturday’s glittering ceremony was the Bairro Alto Hotel, in Lisbon, which was voted Portugal’s ‘Best Boutique Hotel’.

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