World Travel Awards: Portugal is Europe’s Leading Destination for the fourth year in a row

World Travel Awards – the global initiative to recognize and reward excellence in travel and tourism – has announced the winners of its Europe 2020 programme. Portugal was elected, for the fourth consecutive year, as the Leading Destination in Europe.

Known as the "Oscars of Tourism", the World Travel Awards are given out following a year-long selection and voting by professionals in the sector. From the extensive list of awards, Portugal won 21. Porto was elected Leading City Break Destination and Lisbon was awarded the title of Leading Cruise Destination. The Azores were distinguished as the Leading Adventure Tourism Destination and the Madeira islands were winners as well, considered Leading Island Destination. For the hikers, Passadiços do Paiva (Arouca Unesco Global Geopark) took home the Leading Adventure Tourist Attraction award. The Algarve became once again the Leading Beach Destination - and its definitely a wonderful choice for a sports tour, as the Gladstone Knights boys found out back in 2019. Portugal is a great choice for a sports tour, training camp or corporate event, as the United Nations can attest, having had their Inter-Agency Games in Lisbon in 2019.

The Portuguese Secretary of State for Tourism, Ritas Marques, said: "It is with particular pride that we received this award in this atypical year. It is yet another proof of international confidence in our destination and an acknowledgement that Portugal's attributes remain intact and ready to be discovered by all who wish to visit us, always respecting the rules defined by the [health] authorities".


Portugal: safe destination

In the past, and in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, Portugal received recognition for its efforts in containing the virus from spreading with the Safe Travels stamp of approval from the World Travel & Tourism Council. 

Likewise, Move Sports' sports tourist activities have been certified for health and hygiene in regards to COVID-19 prevention with that same Safe Travels distinction and also with the Clean & Safe stamp of approval by the Portuguese National Tourist Authority.

Move Sports has also partnered with an experienced travel insurance company and the Portuguese National Tourist Authority to create Portugal Travel Insurance, a new COVID-19 ready travellers' protection that provides unlimited access to a tourist assistance service and complete coverage for unforeseen situations, thus taking the edge out of travelling abroad and getting you in the right set of mind to enjoy your stay in Portugal!

Looking for an exciting, but safe, destination for your next sports tour, training camp or corporate event? We at Move Sports are experts in putting up sports activities that are both fun and health-conscious, as seen with the recent Portugal Rugby Youth Festival 2020 Special Edition.  

Are you ready to move? Contact us today.