On Sunday, December 10, Parques de Sintra picked up the World Travel Award for “World’s Leading Conservation Company” for the fifth consecutive year. The award was delivered to the Portuguese company, which was again the only European nomination in this category but up against competitors from around the world, at the official ceremony taking place in Vietnam.
Internationally deemed the “Oscars of tourism”, the World Travel Awards were launched in 1993 with the objective of recognising, awarding and celebrating excellence in every sector of the tourism industry. The awards represent one of the most important distinctions that a tourism sector company might ever receive and a globally recognised brand and seal of quality. The voting is carried out both by the general public and by tourism professionals.
The fifth World Travel Award won by Parques de Sintra once again represents due recognition of the quality of the work undertaken by the company in the recovery and restoration of the parks and monuments under its management.
The Parques de Sintra director, José Lino Ramos, was on hand to pick up the award in Vietnam and declared “winning such a prestigious award for the fifth consecutive year on the one hand reinforces the excellence of the work done by Parques de Sintra over recent years, above all in terms of the conservation and restoration of the parks and monuments it manages and, on the other hand, bestows dignity upon the valuable natural and cultural heritage that, year after year, registers rising levels of demand and sustained increases in visitor numbers”.
Parques de Sintra is a state owned entity that does not receive any financing either from the state budget or its shareholders and that maintains, restores and opens to public benefit the locations under its management only through self-generated income (ticket, cafeteria, store and renting location revenues). In 2017, for the first time, Parques de Sintra welcomed over three million visitors.