The Algarve has once again been nominated by the prestigious World Travel Awards as a contender for the title of ‘Europe’s Leading Beach Destination’, alongside other heavyweights including Cannes (France), Corfu (Greece), the Emerald Coast (Italy), Formentera (Spain), Marbella (Spain) and Oludeniz (Turkey).
And it is not the only nomination the Algarve has received for the European round of the awards, which culminate in August with the winner’s ceremony taking place in Antalya, Turkey.
The brand new Conrad Algarve Hotel in Quinta do Lago will be thrashing it out for the title of ‘Europe’s Leading Hotel’, ‘Europe’s Leading Resort’ and ‘Europe’s Leading Golf Resort’.
The exclusive Vila Joya Hotel in Albufeira is contending in the categories of ‘Europe’s Leading Boutique Hotel’ and ‘Europe’s Leading Boutique Resort (an accolade it has held on to since 2005), while the Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel, in Sagres, is competing for ‘Europe’s Leading Family Resort’ and ‘Europe’s Leading Villa Resort’.
Other Algarvian nominees include the Club Med da Balaia, in Albufeira (for ‘Europe’s Leading All-Inclusive Resort’), the Sheraton Pine Cliffs Resort, Albufeira, (‘Europe’s Leading Resort’), the Dona Filipa Hotel & San Lorenzo Golf Resort, Vale do Lobo (‘Europe’s Leading Golf Resort’), the Longevity Wellness Resort, Monchique (‘Leading Spa and Wellbeing Resort’) and the Quinta do Lago Hotel (‘Europe’s Leading Golf Resort’).
Desidério Silva, head of the Algarve Tourist Board, said the nominations are “proof of the quality of our region – a region of excellence.”
Chosen as ‘Europe’s Leading Golf Destination’ in last year’s 2012 World Travel Awards, this year Portugal will be looking to defend that title from stiff competition from England, France, Germany, Scotland and Spain.
The World Travel Awards distinguish the finest examples of good practice within the travel and tourism markets on a global scale. This year the event celebrates its 20th anniversary. Voting is done online by professionals from the travel and tourism sectors around the world.
For more information, see: www.worldtravelawards.com.