Portuguese capital Lisbon is reinforcing its standing as a world-class tourism destination as it steps up to host the most important night of the year for the global travel industry.
The World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2018 will take place at city’s historic Pátio da Galé on December 1st, with the leading decision-makers, figureheads and influencers of travel set to attend.
The evening will mark the climax of the World Travel Awards Grand Tour 2018 – an annual search for the finest travel and tourism organisations in the world, featuring the winners of World Travel Awards’ six regional ceremonies going head-to-head for the coveted global titles.
World Travel Awards is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary and the evening will herald its first ever ceremony to be hosted in Lisbon.
Graham Cooke, founder of World Travel Awards, said: “I am honoured that the delightful city of Lisbon is forming the climax of World Travel Awards’ Silver Jubilee anniversary of celebrating and rewarding excellence in travel.
“With its cobbled alleyways, historic buildings and cinematic hillsides, the Portuguese capital charmingly blends traditional heritage with modernism to form one of the world’s great cities.”
Occupying the west wing of Terreiro do Paço, the landmark Pátio da Galé is spearheading Lisbon’s renaissance as a world-class events destination.
A renovation in 2010 has maintained the architectural detailing and the importance of the square and the building in Lisbon’s colourful history.
Paula Oliveira, executive director, Turismo de Lisboa, said: “We are proud to welcome professionals from all over the world to our city.
“We host the ceremony at the very heart of historic Lisbon knowing guests will have an enjoyable time.”
As part of its Grand Tour 2018, World Travel Awards has hosted ceremonies in Ras Al Khaimah (UAE), Athens (Greece), Hong Kong, Guayaquil (Ecuador), Jamaica and Durban (South Africa) with the winners progressing to the Grand Final in Lisbon.
World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.
Today, the brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.
Each year, World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region.
World Travel Awards ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries and international print and broadcast media.
For more information about World Travel Awards visit the official website.