Travel 'Oscars' Success for Portugal

The World Travel Awards took place with much pomp and ceremony at the newly-opened Conrad in the Algarve on Saturday the 6th of October, with Portugal scooping some of the event's top prizes.
Host region The Algarve was voted Europe's Leading Beach Destination, while local accommodation units Vila Joya, Conrad Algarve and Martinhal picked up Europe's Leading Boutique Resort, Europe's Leading New Resort and Europe's Leading Villa Resort, respectively. Portugal itself claimed Europe's Leading Golf Destination award.
Considered the 'Oscars' of the global travel trade, the event was a lavish affair attended by the cream of the international travel industry.
Graham E. Cooke, founder and president of the World Travel Awards, underlined the depth and quality of the travel and tourism sector across Europe. “During times of economic austerity, world-class brands come into their own and the winners at our Europe Ceremony represent the cream of the continent. These organisations will undoubtedly fare strongly in our Grand Final in December.”
The ceremony, he added, also served as a fitting spotlight for the Algarve, reflecting the vital role of tourism in the region and its overall contribution to the Portuguese economy. “The Algarve is also one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world,” he declared.
Algarve Tourist Board chief António Pina was also jubilant about the Algarve's smooth performance as a host region for the World Travel Awards, saying that it was with 'enormous pride that The Algarve hosted such a prestigious event. It was a unique opportunity to promote the region as a first-class destination, with exceptional facilities and an enviable climate like no other country in Europe.
WTA's Europe Ceremony 2012 marked the third leg of WTA's Grand Tour, a global search for the world's leading travel brands, which also includes regional heats in Dubai, Singapore and Turks & Caicos. The winners of these legs will then go head-to-head at WTA's Grand Final, which takes place at The Oberoi, Gurgaon, New Delhi, India on 12 December 2012.