Published on : Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Europe’s finest travel brands have been disclosed at a star-studded gala ceremony in Madeira. The best of the travel sector gathered for the World Travel Awards (WTA) Europe Gala Ceremony on the magnificent Atlantic island to see who amongst them would be crowned best of the best.
At the red carpet reception, winners included the charming city of St. Petersburg, Russia, voted ‘Europe’s Leading City Destination’. For the meantime, Portugal reinforced its credentials as the country for everyone by establishing itself as ‘Europe’s Leading Destination’. Madrid was named ‘Europe’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination’, at the same time the captivating mix of Belle Epoque meets contemporary splendour helped Batumi, Georgia, lift the title of ‘Europe’s Leading Emerging Tourism Destination’.
Hundreds of the important travel industries figureheads all over the continent took part in the ceremony at Belmond Reid’s Palace, the significant hideaway, set in verdant gardens overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
To quote Graham E. Cooke, Founder, WTA, “Our inaugural ceremony in Madeira has proved an incredible success. We have had the privilege of recognising the leading destinations, hotels, resorts, airlines and travel providers from across Europe and my congratulations to each of our winners.”
Also, Madeira made it onto the podium of the winner after picking up ‘Europe’s Leading Island Destination’. To quote Paula Cabaco, Regional Secretary for Tourism and Culture, Madeira, “We could not be happier with this distinction. Receiving this prize, at home, the first time we host the WTA Europe Gala Ceremony, has an even more special flavour. This is the result of the work we have carried out to bring Madeira to the European market. There is no doubt that we are the best island in Europe and with this campaign we leave the doors open for everyone to come and see and live Madeira!”
Aeroflot – Russian Airlines was named ‘Europe’s Leading Airline Brand’, in the aviation. Turkish Airlines scooped ‘Europe’s Leading Airline’, Swiss International Air Lines voted ‘Europe’s Leading Airline – Economy Class’ even as TAP Air Portugal collected both ‘Europe’s Leading Airline to Africa’ and ‘Europe’s Leading Airline to South America’. Zurich Airport picked up ‘Europe’s Leading Airport’.