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Some of the winners of the World Travel Awards Europe 2019 (photo: World Travel Awards)

Top European travel players awarded

The winners of the World Travel Awards Europe 2019, including hotels and airlines, have been announced in Madeira.

Awards given to what are claimed to be some of the finest travel brands in Europe have been unveiled at a ceremony in Madeira. Representatives of the travel trade assembled for the World Travel Awards Europe on the Atlantic island to find out who was considered best by the industry.

Winners at the red carpet reception included St Petersburg in Russia as Europe’s Leading City Destination and Portugal as Europe’s Leading Destination. Madrid was named Europe’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination, while Batumi in Georgia scooped the title Europe’s Leading Emerging Tourism Destination.

Hospitality winners included Hilton Hotels & Resorts, voted Europe’s Leading Hotel Brand in this its centenary year, and InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, winner of Europe’s Leading Business Hotel Brand.

In the newcomer categories, the InterContinental Sofia in Bulgaria was named Europe’s Leading New Hotel and L’Oscar Hotel London was voted Europe’s Leading New Boutique Hotel.

Other hospitality winners included the San Clemente Palace Kempinski, Venice, as Europe’s Leading Luxury Wedding Resort and the Pestana Porto Santo All Inclusive Beach & Spa Resort, Portugal, as Europe’s Leading All-Inclusive Resort.

Madeira also made it onto the podium after picking up Europe’s Leading Island Destination. Other winners from varied categories included the Venice Simplon Orient-Express as Europe’s Leading Luxury Train, Turismo de Portugal as Europe’s Leading Tourist Board and the Algarve as Europe’s Leading Beach Destination.

Flying high
In the aviation sector, Aeroflot was named Europe’s Leading Airline Brand, Turkish Airlines scooped Europe’s Leading Airline and Swiss was voted Europe’s Leading Airline – Economy Class.

TAP Air Portugal collected both Europe’s Leading Airline to Africa and Europe’s Leading Airline to South America. Zurich Airport, meanwhile, picked up Europe’s Leading Airport.

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