International, Portugal and Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:
Madeira Hotel Group wins World Travel Market Global Award
Porto Bay Hotels & Resorts, Portugal, has secured a prestigious World Travel
Market Global Award for its dedication to unique design, commitments to the
environment and working in harmony with the local surroundings.
Reed Travel Exhibitions Chairman World Travel Market Fiona Jeffery presented
the award to António Trindade, Chief Executive Officer of Porto Bay Group,
at today’s (Monday November 7) WTM VIP Opening and Reception Ceremony.
WTM’s Global Media Network, comprising key travel industry media around the
world, put forward organisations and individuals which have contributed to
their region’s travel and tourism industry. Porto Bay Hotels and Resorts was
nominated by Portuguese trade media partner, Publituris.
Image above from WTM official site: http://www.wtmlondon.com/page.cfm/Link=1/t=m/goSection=1
Its director, Ruben Israel Obadia, jointly presented the award with Jeffery;
the Rt. Hon. Jeremy Hunt, UK Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media
and Sport; and double Olympic Gold medalist, James Cracknell OBE.
Porto Bay Hotels & Resorts has a portfolio of high quality hotels in
Portugal, Madeira and Brazil. It was nominated by Publituris because of its
“commitment to the principles of product, promotion and people”.
image from the Diario Newspaper
image caption: António Trindade Chief Executive Officer of Porto Bay Group received the award in London
More than 60 awards
Since 2009, the hotels have chalked up more than 60 awards from well known
and respected industry brands such as TUI, Thomas Cook, Thomson Holidays and
The first hotel in the group – Suite Hotel Eden Mar – opened in 1988,
introducing an innovative concept of spacious, self-catering suites. The
Cliff Bay, the group’s five-star flagship hotel, was launched in 1994,
following research to fulfill Madeira’s need for a different kind of
In 2000, the town centre hotel of Porto Santa Maria welcomed its first
guests – a unique fusion of inner city design combined with a resort
And in 2003, Porto Bay Hotels & Resorts unveiled its new resort concept,
Vila Porto Mare, which integrates three different products under a shared
space of services and facilities accessible to all guests. Other hotels
followed since then, including two in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro.
“Porto Bay Hotels & Resorts has won several awards from the travel industry
and we are thrilled to add a World Travel Market Global Award to the list,”
“Winning the Global Award with World Travel Market’s Portuguese media
partner Publituris adds to the hotel group’s reputation as a company of
impressive stature and fresh ideas.
The hotel group’s latest pledge is to protect the environment with a whole
range of ideas that reduces the carbon footprint
“The hotel group’s latest pledge is to protect the environment with a whole
range of ideas that reduces carbon footprint, which is something that is
very important to World Travel Market.”
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