Virtuoso, the global luxury travel network, has recognized Portugal as the Hottest Destination of 2018. The award was given last night during the 30th Annual Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas, to an audience of 1,700 members of the luxury travel industry, representing travel agents, hotels, airlines and cruise lines from all over the world.
Virtuoso bestowed some 20 awards from best river cruise line, to the best-curated travel partner or the most innovative lifestyle partner. Portugal, represented by the National Tourism Office, took the hottest destination title having just celebrated a record-breaking year for international visitors travelling to the country. Also last night, the Six Senses Douro resort was named Best of the Best 2018 for Sustainable Tourism Leadership, and Tours For You was nominated for Best Virtuoso Voyages Experience 2018 for their Lisbon tour.
Portugal was named World’s Leading Destination in 2017 last year by the World Travel Awards, which have already awarded the country this year with prizes for Best European Destination, Best Island (Madeira), the Best City Destination (Lisbon), and the Best Tourism Bureau in Europe.
Portugal’s proximity, just around five hours’ flight from New York, and year-round mild climate contribute to making it the Hottest Destination but the country is also famous for its warm and welcoming people,numerous award-winning golf courses and resorts, and in providing great value.