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Portugal elected the "Best European Destination"

Portugal elected the "Best European Destination"

Portugal won for the first time the prize for best European destination of the World Travel Awards, the "Oscars" of Tourism in a ceremony that took place this Saturday in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Present at the ceremony, Secretary of State for Tourism, Ana Mendes Godinho, commented that receiving this unprecedented distinction "is an honor and a great pride" and shows that "the whole country is an incredible asset and a reason to visit."

For the governor, the prize is the result of the "commitment of all to make Portugal a tourist destination of excellence, with a diversity of unique offer and that extends throughout the territory."

"Being the country to win this prize is 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," he added.

In addition to Portugal, Austria, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey were nominated for the prize.

In this year's edition, Portugal was the country that received the most awards, "30% of the total": 37 "Oscars", 13 more than in 2016.

Of note is the fact that the port of Lisbon has also been voted "Best Cruise Port in Europe", for the quality of services and the infrastructure available to tourists who visit and stop in the city.

World Travel was created in 1993 and the selection of nominees is performed worldwide by thousands of industry professionals.

Source: Lusa/DI

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