Amazing results for Portugal, once again voted Europe’s leading destination in 2022 Porto and Lisbon won as Europe’s best City Break Destination and Best City Destination.

To the winners list were also added: ‘Europe’s Leading Beach Destination’ (going to the Algarve), ‘Europe’s Leading Cruise Port’ (Lisbon), ‘Europe’s Leading Cruise Destination’ (Lisbon), ‘Europe’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination’ (Azores), ‘Europe’s Leading Seaside Metropolitan Destination’ (Lisbon), ‘Europe’s Leading Tourist Board’ and ‘Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction’ (Passadiços de Paiva in the Arouca UNESCO GeoPark).Hotels and resorts were also showered with WTA stardust.Winners in this 29th edition were: Pestana Porto Santo, winning the award for ‘Europe’s Leading all-inclusive resort’, Pestana Alvor Praia taking the ‘Europe’s Leading Beach Hotel’, 1908 Lisboa Hotel taking ‘Europe’s Leading Design Hotel’; Vila Baleira Resort in Porto Santo, Madeira, taking ‘Europe’s Leading Island Resort’; Vila Galé Collection Braga taking ‘Europe’s Leading Landmark Hotel’; the Algarve’s Pine Cliffs clinching ‘Europe’s Leading Leisure Resort’; Cristiano Ronaldo’s joint venture the Pestana CR7 Lisboa receiving ‘Europe’s Leading Lifestyle Hotel’;  Conrad Algarve winning ‘Europe’s Leading Lifestyle Resort’; the Monte Santo resort in Carvoeiro clinching ‘Europe’s Most Romantic Resort’; the Algarve’s Cascade Wellness Resort receiving the award for ‘Europe’s Leading Sports Resort’; Dunas Douradas Beach Club coming away with ‘Europe’s Leading Villa Resort’, and quite a few others in between. There is even a winner in the ‘leading Green Hotel’ category: Galo Resort Hotels.

 Maria Ines AmaralFounder and CEO of Portuguese association of Tourism for the Middle East