The capital is also a candidate for Best City Break Destination, Best City Destination and Best City Tourist Board – in acknowledgment for the work the entity has dedicated to promoting the destination in foreign markets.

The nominations are all part of the World Travel Awards (WTA), commonly known in the industry as the Oscars of the tourism sector. Nominees feature the winners of WTA’s regional categories (Europe, Asia, Oceania, Middle East, South America, Central America, North America, Africa, Indian Ocean and Caribbean) going head-to-head for the highest accolade in the industry.

Voting for the nominees is open until 24 October and is carried out by the general public and by more than 200,000 tourism professionals, from 160 countries. The winners will be announced at the WTA’s Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2021, which will take place in Moscow, Russia on 26 November 2021.

Graham Cooke, Founder, WTA said: “With voting now open for our World categories, it is time to make your voice heard by voting for the organisations that are raising the bar of travel excellence. WTA is regarded as the highest accolade in the industry, and your vote can really make a difference.”

This year, Lisbon is also competing in the categories of Best Cruise Destination and Best Cruise Port in the world.

For José Luís Arnaut, Deputy President of Turismo de Lisboa: “These nominations, which are the result of a very strong contribution and effort from the entire sector, are a reason for pride and, particularly, for hope for the recovery of tourism in Lisbon, which has suffered so much during the last year and a half”.