The Scottish capital Edinburgh has just been named Europe’s Leading Heritage Destination at the World Travel Awards (WTA) held in Madeira.
Recognised for its historic highlights, the capital won ahead of nominees including Barcelona, Florence, London, Paris, Rome, St Petersburg, Venice and the Austrian capital Vienna.
In 2018, the Russian city St Petersburg won the Heritage award. This year, the city was voted Europe’s Leading City Destination.
Portugal also had a successful awards evening, winning the award for Europe’s Leading Destination and Best Beach Holiday Destination (The Algarve).
The leading beach destination fought off stiff competition for the award from other renowned beach destinations including Cannes, Corfu, Majorca, Marbella, Oludeniz (Turkey) and Sardinia.
Venice on the Adriatic coast of Italy won the award for Europe’s Leading Cruise Destination.
Tipped to surge in popularity, the Georgian seaside resort of Batumi was voted Europe’s Leading Emerging Tourism Destination.
Voted for by industry professionals and consumers, the destination scooped the award ahead of Baku (Azerbaijan), Derry (Northern Ireland), Kutná Hora (Czech Republic) , Ljubljana (Slovenia), Matera (Italy), Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina), and Sofia (Bulgaria).
Graham E. Cooke, Founder, WTA, said: “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.”
First established in 1993, the World Travel Awards acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.
Find out more about the winners here.
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