Portugal won big at the World Travel Awards, with Porto snatching 'Europe's Leading City Destination', Source: Unsplash

World Travel Awards 2022 announced its winners in Europe

World Travel Awards 2022 announced its winners in Europe

Here are some highlights from the event held in Mallorca

The world’s most prestigious and comprehensive industry competition – World Travel Awards (WTA) - held its European edition yesterday, 3 October, on the Spanish island of Mallorca. Each year, World Travel Awards covers the globe with its Grand Tour – a series of regional gala ceremonies to recognise excellence within each continent, culminating in a Grand Final at the end of the year.

The European edition of the Awards looks in deep detail into the various facets that make up the travel and hospitality sector for what it is. And this year is special, with the COVID pandemic retreating and the appetite for travel and discovery resurging.

Highlights from the WTA 2022 European winners

There are many categories that the Awards seek to applaud, and it includes regions, cities and private businesses.

For example, triumphant last night was the Algarve region, in Portugal, winning the coveted title of ‘Europe’s Leading Beach Destination’, while Porto picked up the prized honour of ‘Europe’s Leading City Destination’.

The burgeoning Black Sea city of Batumi (Georgia) secured the headline-grabbing title of ‘Europe’s Leading Emerging Tourism Destination’. Meanwhile, Madrid claimed the award for ‘Europe’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination’ for the 5th year in a row, and the Convention Centre, Dublin picked up the trophy for ‘Europe’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre’.

In the aviation sector, Turkish Airlines claimed the honour of ‘Europe’s Leading Airline’, whilst British Airways was named ‘Europe’s Leading Airline Brand’. Earlier in the evening, Air France claimed the prized award for ‘Europe’s Leading Airline – Economy Class’.

The luxury and charm of Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul earned the ultimate hospitality award for ‘Europe’s Leading Hotel’ while the stunning Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul claimed the hotly contested title of ‘Europe’s Leading New Hotel’.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts took the prize for ‘Europe’s Leading Luxury Hotel Brand’ while the Royal Monceau Suite @ Le Royal Monceau - Raffles Paris, picked up the award for ‘Europe’s Leading Hotel Suite’. Elsewhere, a grand total of six honours went to Forte Village Resort (Sardinia, Italy) including the title of ‘Europe’s Leading New Resort’.

The majestic Conrad Algarve (Portugal) claimed the award for ‘Europe’s Leading Lifestyle Resort’ while the luxurious Sani Resort (Greece) took the prize for ‘Europe’s Leading Family Resort’.

WTA gala ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries and international print and broadcast media.



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