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Global luxury travel network Virtuoso announced the winners of its highly anticipated 2018 Best of the Best Awards at the 30th Annual Virtuoso Travel Week Conference, where Six Senses Douro valley was honored as the winner of Sustainable Tourism Leadership.
Six Senses Douro Valley was recognized by Virtuoso for Outstanding Achievement in the Category of Sustainable Tourism leadership. Only ten properties and hoteliers were recognized out of an impressive network portfolio of more than 1,300 hotels, resorts, villas and private island retreats in over 100 countries. The awards were presented August 15 before 1,700 top luxury hospitality executives and world’s-finest travel advisors at the Hotels & Resorts Dinner at Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts is renowned as the industry’s longest-running and most prestigious hotel program. Founded in 1992 with only 20 hotels, Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts encompasses more five-star properties than any other program, with quality and diversity serving as the hallmarks.
Virtuoso’s 1,000-plus travel agency members and their 17,500 professional travel advisors voted to select the winners in each category, from best family program to sustainable tourism leadership. Editors of VIRTUOSO LIFE, the network’s multi-award-winning magazine, contributed their expert insights to name the initial nominees on which the advisors voted. As a winner, Six Senses Douro Valley will be featured in the publication’s September/October issue, circulated to 200,000 upscale world travelers.
“We won a fabulous travel industry award, I could not be prouder! The competition was fierce ... and yet we did it! We were up against a collection of some of the world’s best hotels, famed for their commitment to sustainable tourism. This award follows the Best Achievement in Design award from 2017; the first time any hotel has won back to back awards at the Virtuoso Best of the Best Awards,” enthused Nick Yarnell, general manager of Six Senses Douro Valley.