Portugal picked up the award for the "Best Tourist Destination in Europe", in the European edition of the World Travel Awards 2022, as well as 30 other awards.

"The election results from the votes of thousands of professionals in the sector, from all countries in the world, and this year Portugal won another 30 awards, among destinations, regions and products and services", the Ministry of Economy and Services said in a statement.

In terms of regional destinations, the Azores (Europe's Leading Adventure Tourism Destination), Algarve (Europe's Leading Beach Destination), Lisbon (Europe's Leading City Break Destination, Europe's Leading Cruise Destination and Europe's Leading Seaside Metropolitan Destination) and Porto (Europe's Leading City Destination) all also received recognition.

“The distinction, in more than three dozen categories in the European edition of the World Travel Awards 2022, takes on particular significance after the difficult years of the pandemic. It is with great pride that we see companies, professionals and national tourism entities being recognised by their peers at an international level.

“All agents in the sector are to be congratulated for being up to this challenge, which is to affirm Portugal as a tourist destination of excellence, whatever the circumstances”, says the Secretary of State for Tourism, Commerce and Services, Rita Marques.

The World Travel Awards - considered the “Oscars” of tourism - are awarded by professionals in the sector on a worldwide scale, since 1993, distinguishing the work developed in the tourist industry, in order to stimulate the competitiveness and quality of tourism.

In 2021, Portugal won more than two dozen awards in the European edition of the World Travel Awards.

The final award ceremony, which will distinguish the best in the world in categories, is scheduled for 11 November, in Oman.