The regions of Madeira, Lisbon and Algarve won, in the categories best island destination, best ‘city break’ and best beach destination, the World Travel Awards 2020, according to a statement from the Ministry of Economy.

“Madeira continues to be the best island destination in the world, in the 2020 edition of the World Travel Awards, which also distinguished Lisbon as the best ‘city break’ destination in the world and the Algarve, as the best beach destination in the world”, reads up on the same note.

“Overcoming all constraints, we preserve the reputation and notoriety of our destinations,” said Secretary of State for Tourism, Rita Marques, cited in the statement.

According to the minister, these awards are a sign that Portugal has shown the world that it is “a safe country, ready for everyone to receive, when it is possible”.

The World Travel Awards, considered the ‘Oscars’ of tourism, are “attributed annually, since 1993, by professionals of the sector on a worldwide scale, distinguishing the work developed in the tourism industry in order to stimulate the competitiveness and quality of tourism”, the government recalled.

In addition to these regions, Portugal won prizes in several other categories, as revealed by the tutelage:

-‘World’s Leading Luxury Leisure Resort ‘2020 (best luxury resort) – Conrad Algarve

-‘World’s Leading Tourism Development Project ‘2020 (best development project) – Dark Sky Alqueva, Portugal and Spain

-‘World’s Leading Golf & Villa Resort ‘2020 (best golf resort) – Dunas Douradas Beach Club, Portugal

-‘World’s Leading Wine Region Hotel ‘2020 (best hotel with a wine theme) – L’AND Vineyards, Portugal

-World’s Leading Adventure Tourist Attraction 2020 (best adventure tourism attraction) – Passadiços do Paiva (Arouca UNESCO Global Geopark), Portugal

-‘World’s Leading Classic Hotel ‘(best classic hotel) 2020 – Olissippo Lapa Palace Hotel, Portugal

-‘World’s Leading Conservation Company ‘2020 (best preservation company) – Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua, Portugal

-‘World’s Leading Airline to Africa ‘2020 (best airline for Africa) – TAP Air Portugal

-‘World’s Leading Airline to South America ‘2020 (best airline in Latin America) – TAP Air Portugal

-‘World’s Leading Inflight Magazine ‘2020 (best in-flight magazine) – Up Magazine (TAP Air Portugal)

-‘World’s Leading City Break Destination ‘2020 (best city for’ city break ‘) – Lisbon, Portugal

-‘World’s Leading Beach Destination ‘2020 (best beach destination) – The Algarve, Portugal

-‘World’s Leading Fine Dining Hotel Restaurant ‘2020 (best luxury restaurant) – Vila Joya Hotel Restaurant @ Vila Joya, Portugal

-‘World’s Leading Island Destination ‘2020 (best island destination) – Madeira Islands