The ceremony of the second edition of the APENO (Portuguese Winetourism
Association) / Ageas Seguros National Wine Tourism Award took place on the 26th
of May, at the Hotel Convento de São Paulo, in Redondo (Alentejo).
An event that distinguished the best wine tourism companies, practices and projects in Portugal, with Ageas Seguros as main sponsor, through a transparent vote carried out on an online platform by more than 250 judges.
The President of the Republic of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, appreciated the participation of the Minister of Agriculture and the support of the President of the Global Wine Tourism Organization GWTO, highlighted Portuguese tourism and wines, recognized as among the world’s best, wishing APENO the greatest successes.
“Hospitality and Accommodation are the Alpha and the Omega of service excellence” José Antonio Vidal, President of GWTO
During the event, presented by Mónica Jardim, the GWTO President participated in the Awards ceremony for Best Hospitality (Herdade da Malhadinha Nova) and Best Accommodation (Torre de Palma Wine Hotel). In the words of José Antonio Vidal “Hospitality and Accommodation are the Alpha and Omega of service excellence: the keys to success or failure”.
The event was attended by several official entities, including the Secretaries of State for Tourism, Nuno Fazenda, and Agriculture, Gonçalo Rodrigues; the President of the Vine and Wine Institute, Bernardo Gouvêa; the President of the Regional Tourism Authority of Alentejo, Vitor Silva; the Presidents and/or representatives of the National CVR’s and Regional Tourism Entities; as well as José Antonio Vidal, President of the Global Wine Tourism Organization GWTO, the organization that represents Wine Tourism worldwide: “It was a pleasure getting Portugal to attend the Awards. GWTO supports the labour of APENO in Portugal and I believe it is already bearing fruit. Congratulations APENO and to all winners and finalists!”.
“APENO is growing every day and making an important progress in structuring the sector. Bringing together the world of wine and tourism at this exceptional event that rewards the best in wine tourism makes us feel delighted. The event was different, creative, full of glamour, surprises and details. In what depends on us. And always be this way!”, Maria João de Almeida, APENO President.