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Portugal Wins Big at World Travel Awards Europe 2017

Portugal's Madeira was named the leading island destination for the continent.

AFP Relaxnews

Updated:October 2, 2017, 4:53 PM IST
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Portugal Wins Big at World Travel Awards Europe 2017
A general view shows a natural pool at Porto Moniz on Madeira's North coast, Portugal. (Photo courtesy: Reuters/ File Pic)
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Portugal has been named Europe's leading travel destination 2017 at an industry event held over the weekend.

Along with snagging one of the most coveted awards at the World Travel Awards Europe gala in St Petersburg, Portugal's Madeira was named the leading island destination for the continent, and The Algarve Europe's best beach destination.

Winners of the World Travel Awards are based the votes of travel professionals, industry leaders and consumer travellers.

A standard vote carries a weighting of one, while verified travel professional votes carry a weighting of two.

In the hotel category, repeat winner Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul was named Europe's leading hotel, while The Peninsula, Paris, was named the leading luxury hotel.

Travellers flying between Europe and the US or Canada may want to book their flight on KLM-Royal Dutch Airlines, which took the title of best European airline to North America.

British Airways took the airline award for best carrier between Europe and Asia.

Winners from the event will go forward to compete in the World Travel Awards Grand Final taking place in Vietnam December 10.

Here's a look at some of the other big winners:

Europe's leading airline 2017: Turkish Airlines

Leading low-cost airlines: Norwegian

Leading airline to Africa: TAP Portugal

Leading airline to Asia: British Airways

Leading airline to North America: KLM-Royal Dutch Airlines

Leading airline to South America: TAP Portugal

Leading hotel: Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul

Leading boutique hotel: Vila Joya, Portugal

Leading tourist attraction: Spike Island, Ireland

Most romantic hotel: Monte Santo Resort, Portugal

Leading city destination: Saint-Petersburg, Russia
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