Portugal is named the best country in Europe for tourism.
Portugal returned for the second consecutive year to be chosen as the best European tourist destination as selected by the World Travel Awards. Portugal’s Capital city, Lisbon, was voted Best Destination City in Europe, a most esteemed title to be bestowed by what many consider the “Oscars of World Tourism”. Showing the fierce competitiveness of this award, Lisbon beat out such famous destinations as Amsterdam, Barcelona, London, Paris, Rome and Venice.
The Gala Europa was held in Athens, Greece and Portugal walked away with 36 top tourist destination awards including:
- Europe’s Leading Airline to Africa 2018
- Europe’s Leading Airline to South America 2018
- Europe’s Leading All-Inclusive Resort 2018
- Europe’s Leading Beach Resort 2018
- Europe’s Leading Boutique Resort 2018
- Europe’s Leading City Destination 2018
- Europe’s Leading Cruise Port 2018
- Europe’s Leading Destination 2018
- Europe’s Leading Family Resort 2018
- Europe’s Leading Island Resort 2018
- Europe’s Leading Meetings & Conference Hotel 2018
- Europe’s Leading Tourist Board 2018
Portugal’s Secretary of State for Tourism, Ana Mendes Godinho, was present at the ceremonies to accept awards on behalf of the European country which has in recent years become a highly popular residency by investment option for South Africans seeking dual citizenship.
Ms. Godinho said,
“Receiving the ‘Oscar’ for Best European Destination for the second consecutive year is something that fills with pride and proves that Portugal remains at the top of tourists preferences.”
She continued on to further explain the value Portugal places on its booming tourism market, stating,
“These results show that our strategy is clearly bearing fruit and that the world looks to Portugal as an example, and also motivates us to continue the work of qualifying supply and destinations, extending tourism throughout the territory and along of the whole year, making it increasingly sustainable.”
Along with receiving the award for Best European City the second year in a row, Lisbon has also taken home the award for Best Cruise Port every year since 2016.
Portugal Golden Visa is a wise investment for wealthy South Africans
Portugal tourism growth, partly fueled by the Portuguese Golden Visa, makes Portugal property a hot investment opportunity for South Africans seeking to diversify wealth into Europe, and obtain European passports for themselves and their families in the process, all with no immigration requirements.
Thanks to the continued investment Portugal is making in infrastructure and tourism, property investors can rest easy knowing that their European investment and Portugal citizenship will be secured well into the future.