wta europe2016Forte Village Resort in Sardinia hosted the World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony 2016 where the best in European hospitality and tourism industry recognized by nearly one million voters. World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry and is widely hailed as 'the Oscars of the travel industry'.

At the night, Saint Petersburg, Russia, has been titled as Europe’s Leading Destination for the second year. Europcar took the trophy for Europe’s Leading Car Rental Company, and the Madeira Islands took the title of Europe's Leading Island Destination. French tourism capital Lyon was also celebrating after being recognised as Europe's Leading City Break Destination while Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, was presented with the trophy for Europe's Leading Luxury City Resort. In the aviation sector, Lufthansa defended its title of Europe’s Leading Airline.

wta europe2016awardRunning in parallel was the World Spa Awards Gala Ceremony 2016, which was visiting Europe for the first time after debuting in Vietnam last year.

Here Talise by Jumeirah was the big winner, taking the coveted title of World's Best Hotel Spa Brand.

Also recognised by World Spa Awards voters were QMS MediCosmetics, presented with the trophy for World's Best Spa Brand, and Sardinia, Italy, which claimed the title of Europe's Best Wellness Destination.

A full list of winners from the World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony can be seen here, while the complete World Spa Awards winners are visible here