“It is always difficult to reach a decision when the nominees are cities like New York, Barcelona, Tel Aviv, Singapore or Lisbon. In the end, the decision was based on the criteria we had chosen, such as sustainability, cleanliness and safety at the destination”, Nuno Alves, editor-in-chief of Travelbook, told Lusa.
Travelbook presented, for the first time, the “Travelbook Award” to six different destinations, in a ceremony held in Frankfurt.
In the “long distance” category, Costa Rica won the award and Spain was elected the best destination for “beach holidays”.
As for “winter holidays”, the country chosen was Norway, while with the “best gastronomy” it was Thailand that won the distinction and Bora Bora deserved the distinction from the public.
Travelbook receives more than five million visits per month and belongs to the Axel Springer media group, the largest in Germany and Europe.
“For destinations, it is a source of pride and demonstrates the recognition for the work they do in terms of advertising in such an important market as Germany”, highlighted Nuno Alves.
The editor-in-chief of Travelbook said he still has no doubts that the award that highlights Lisbon as the best city as a tourist destination “will contribute to receiving more tourists from Germany”.
“There were good arguments that led Lisbon to win, for example, positive development in the area of sustainability, whether ecological or social. In addition, the Portuguese capital offers many attractions and activities, not only in the city, but also in the surroundings,” he pointed out.
The nominations were made by the readers of the online travel portal, the decision was made by a jury.
On the Travelbook page it can be read that the “special touch of Lisbon transforms the city into a well-being destination”, adding that “sublime monuments and spectacular viewpoints are impressive”.
Sustainability and well-being are not concepts which are applicable to Portugal unless you are very wealthy and ignore the dirt, the poverty and overall destruction to the environment in Portugal. This is article is not news - it is misleading marketing.
By K from Other on 18 Sep 2022, 07:36
K from the other side
Still not begin happy around where ? Why you don't move back to your country if Portugal is so bad ?
By Isabel Oliveira from Lisbon on 19 Sep 2022, 07:43
Portugal has alot to offer which is why it won this award. Every country has its share of poor and wealthy, at least Portugal is way better than many countries that have very dirty environments and abject poverty like India for example.
By Lisa from Other on 19 Sep 2022, 13:21
Another “pay for results” survey! All I can say is that the people that vote in these very narrowly defined surveys have not travelled very much. Which is fine, not everyone has that opportunity, but the results should qualified by a disclaimer as to that effect. For instance, how do I compare Sydney, Australia or San Diego, USA to Lisbon if I have not been there?
By Stuart Wood from Algarve on 23 Sep 2022, 14:56