Algarve scoops 16 tourism medals

Algarve’s tourism board (RTA) has awarded 16 tourism medals to the people and entities that it considers have excelled at promoting the sector.

The medals, given out at a ceremony sector in Faro on Monday (January 18) attended by Portugal’s secretary of state for tourism Ana Mendes Godinho, were divided into two categories – the ‘Gold Tourism Medal’ and the ‘Tourism Merit Medal’.

One of the gold medal winners was Algarve golf promoter Christopher Stilwell, who died suddenly in October.

“He was a great figure of Algarve tourism and especially golf, an area in which he made a decisive contribution,” said the RTA.

Other gold medal winners included the University of the Algarve, Portugal’s tourism and travel agencies association (APAVT), Vila Joya Hotel and Vilamoura Marina, which last week won two new accolades.

At the same ceremony, merit medals were awarded to a number of hotels, including Hotel Dom José (Quarteira), Hotel Vasco da Gama (Monte Gordo), and Hotel Algarve Casino, Hotel Pestana Alvor, and Hotel e Golfe Penina (Portimão).

Also on the list of winners was former Secretary of State for Tourism Luis Correia da Silva, the president of NERA business association Vítor Neto, local Chef Henrique Leandro, and RTA employee Mário Valente, who has worked at the tourism board for 44 years.

Finally, merit medals also went to Safe Communities Algarve for its “efforts to prevent crimes in the region”, and to the Tavira council for its leading role in seeing the Mediterranean Diet considered Intangible Heritage by UNESCO in 2013.

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