Portugal is the big winner of the World Travel Awards 2017

Portugal was one of the big winners at World Travel Awards’ Europe Gala Ceremony 2017.

On a night of high drama in host city St. Petersburg, Portugal was voted Europe’s Leading Destination with Turismo de Portugal scooping the prize for Europe’s Leading Tourist Board. Meanwhile the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira was hailed Europe’s Leading Island Destination.

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Also among the winners was Geneva and St. Petersburg. Switzerland’s second-largest city claimed the title of Europe’s Leading City Break Destination while St. Petersburg – famed for its winding network of canals and pretty pastel palaces – picked up the award for Europe’s Leading City Destination.

The glittering event took place in the Marble Hall, Russian Museum of Ethnography with hundreds of hospitality leaders from across the region, in attendance.

“It has been an honour to visit Russia for the very first time.” said Graham Cooke, World Travel Awards Founder and President. “St. Petersburg proved a wonderful host for our Europe Gala Ceremony and I am sure the city will go on to take its rightful place as a top rank tourism destination.” he concluded.