Madeira: Best Island Destination in Europe again
The Diario reports that Madeira was last night honoured as Europe’s ‘leading island destination’ for the fifth time at the tourism “Oscars” gala held at the Zappeion Megaron Hall in Athens, Greece. The World Travel Awards, held for the 25th time, is an initiative created in 1993 to recognise the best examples of good practices in the tourism sector. Madeira beat the usual nominees: Azores, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Cyprus, Crete, Guernsey, Jersey, Malta, Sardinia and Sicily.
The island had already been voted as Europe’s ‘best island destination’ in 2017, 2016, 2014 and 2013, and has gone on to win the world title on three consecutive occasions in 2017, 2016 and 2015.
Portugal out of World Cup
Part of the reason Madeira does so well at the World Travel Awards is the effort that Cristiano Ronaldo puts in to promoting his birthplace, particularly in social media.
Unfortunately he has probably played his last World Cup at the age of 33, after Portugal were beaten in the knock-out stages of the current tournament last night.
By coincidence today also happens to be Dia da Madeira, which is celebrated on 1 July to mark the date Portugal granted autonomy to the archipelago. It is normally a holiday locally and celebrated in various enclaves of Madeirans overseas such as “Little Portugal” in London.
Mexico and South Africa share fireworks prizes
The Pirotecnia Reyes company (Mexico) ranked first in the jury’s ranking and Fireworks for Africa (South Africa) won the public’s choice in this year’s Atlantic Festival. The results were announced last night at the Praça do Povo. I will add a YouTube link here when one appears (which one finally did!)