For the third consecutive year, Portugal is voted the best place on the planet to visit. ‘Oscar’ rain in 2019 also includes Lisbon, Madeira or Paiva Walkways

Tourism remains the strongest brand image in Portugal, which has just won the ‘Oscar’ of the world’s best destination for the third year in a row at the World Travel Awards (WTA) ceremony, which took place this Thursday 28th November in Muscat, capital of Oman.

In all, Portugal won 13 ‘tourism Oscars’ in 2019, the way the World Travel Awards are known – which also included the election of Lisbon as “The World’s Best City Break Destination”, Madeira as ” The best island destination in the world “, or the Paiva Walkways as” The best tourist attraction in the world in the adventure segment “.

Portugal returned this year to win the coveted ‘oscar’ best destination in the world, a prize for which countries such as neighboring Spain were nominated, but also Costa Rica, the Maldives, Malaysia, New Zealand or Vietnam. Dubai, South Africa or Kenya were other countries that were in this race, along with Vietnam, Sri Lanka, the United States, Jamaica, Brazil or Colombia.

In June of this year, Portugal had already been re-elected “The Best Destination in Europe” in the World Travel Awards, foreseeing that the price of the country was still rising to win the ‘Oscar’ of best tourist destination in the world.

“It is an honor to have received this award, which distinguishes the excellence of Portugal and the Portuguese,” emphasizes the Secretary of State for Tourism, Rita Marques, in a statement sent to the newsrooms, stressing that “we must all continue to work to reinforce the statement. Portugal “.

At the 2019 World Travel Awards, Lisbon is again voted, for the second time, the best destination in the world for city breaks. The Portuguese capital received in 2018, and for the second time, the ‘Best Destination in the World for City Breaks’ Oscar, and also debuted last year at the ‘Best Destination City in the World’ award.

“The work developed in the requalification of the heritage, in the promotion of the destination and the improvement of the cultural, gastronomic and tourist offer, have positioned Lisbon as a reference in terms of good practices, and this is reflected in these distinctions,” says Paula Oliveira. , Executive Director of the Lisbon Tourism Association (ATL).

For the head of Turismo de Lisboa, the recent rehabilitation project of the riverside front for the New Lisbon Quay, which will involve investments worth € 27 million, represent an example of how the city “continues to reinvent itself and innovate to continue to exceed the expectations of Lisboners and those who visit us “, justifying these international awards.

Turismo de Portugal was also elected for the third consecutive year the “Best Official Tourism Organization in the World”. According to Luís Araújo, president of Turismo de Portugal, this ‘oscar’ “is nothing more than the recognition of the success of the 2027 Tourism Strategy” and the “commitment” of this entity to reach the goals defined in this plan “with a view to” affirming Portugal. as a tourist destination of excellence “- an objective that, according to the official, mobilized all the workers of this organization.

The rain of ‘Oscars’ also reached the Sintra Parks, which for the seventh consecutive year garnered the award for “Best Conservation Company in the World”.