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Portugal was voted “World’s Best Tourist Destination” at the World Travel Awards ceremony, which took place this Sunday at the JW Marriott Hotel in Phu Quoc Emerald Bay, Vietnam. According to Lusa, Portugal became the first European country to win the title after defeating competitors such as Brazil, Greece, Maldives, USA, Morocco, Vietnam or Spain.

The highest distinction is accompanied by more prizes: Lisbon won the “Best Destination for City Break” award for the first time and Madeira was considered “Best Insular Destination in the World”.

According to Diário de Notícias, Sintra-Monte da Lua Parks were considered the “Best Example of Heritage Recovery”, and Turismo de Portugal took home the “Best Tourism Promotion Campaigns” and “Best Tourism Organization” awards. Tourism of the World “.

Portugal swept the ceremony of the 24th edition of the World Travel Awards, also known as the “Tourism Oscars”, by accumulating a total of six distinctions.

The recognition of Lisbon as the World’s Best Destination for City Break is due to the city’s growing prestige and investment in the re-qualification of the heritage, the provision of new equipment and the enrichment of the cultural and gastronomic offer that benefit those who visit the Portuguese capital and in it works or lives, “says Fernando Medina, mayor of Lisbon, in a statement sent to newsrooms.

Madeira, which received the prize for the third consecutive time, as reported in the Madeira Newspaper, competed with another 17 destinations, including Bali, Barbados, Coook Islands, Crete, Fiji or Jamaica.

In September of this year, Portugal was for the first time elected “the best destination in Europe”, a title awarded by the World Travel Awards. The good news did not come alone, with Portugal being the country that won the most awards in the ceremony that took place on September 29 in St. Petersburg – in all, there were 37 “oscars”, 30% of the total, 13 more than in the year previous.

The next goal was, of course, to win the title of “Best Tourist Destination in the World”. In September, Ana Mendes Godinho, Secretary of State for Tourism, assured Lusa that winning the prize would be “a clear indication that we are on the right track, one that shows the diversity we have to offer, from north to south, from the coast to the interior “.

World Travel was created in 1993. The voting is carried out by the general public and by more than 200 thousand Tourism professionals from 160 countries.