TRAVEL WEEKLY HONORS BEST OF THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY
NEW YORK – Travel Weekly, the most influential source of news, research, opinion and analysis to the travel industry, honored the winners of its 17th annual Readers’ Choice Awards at a black-tie gala dinner and ceremony on December 12 at the Conrad New York.
The award winners, one for each of the 79 categories, represent the best of the best of the travel industry. The nominees and award recipients were chosen in two rounds of voting by Travel Weekly’s audience of travel professionals.
These widely recognized, coveted awards are presented annually to the industry suppliers who led the way in product and service during the past year. The open ballot phase of the voting was conducted during the summer. Travel Weekly readers were invited to write in the names of any company they believe best exemplifies a particular category. The leading vote recipients were identified as finalists, and a second round of voting to determine the winners took place September through November 2019.
“This is the highest recognition given to those who transport, entertain, enlighten and accommodate billions of travelers each year,” said Arnie Weissmann, Travel Weekly’s editor in chief. “Every day, those who vote in our Readers Choice Awards must evaluate an everincreasing number of transportation, hospitality and activity options on behalf of their clients. The companies they select as winners are the ones they know bring consumers the highest levels of satisfaction.”
“Among our readers are travel counselors, industry marketing executives and the CEOs of the world’s largest travel companies – a group uniquely qualified to evaluate a very crowded field of potential nominees.”
Travel Weekly also recognized Michelle Fee, CEO, Cruise Planners; Kristin Karst, Co-Owner and Executive Vice President, AmaWaterways; Rudi Schreiner, President and Co-Owner, AmaWaterways; Bruce Shulman, Senior Vice President | Group Publisher, Travel Weekly & TravelAge West; and Andy Stuart, President and CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line, with Lifetime Achievement Awards. The award pays tribute to individuals whose efforts have led to extraordinary results within an organization and who have also made significant contributions to the industry as a whole. The legacy of the recipients of the Travel Weekly Lifetime Achievement Awards collectively defines the environment that the travel industry operates in today.
Travel Weekly’s 2019 Readers’ Choice winners are:
1. Airline: Domestic - Delta Air Lines 2. Airline: International – Delta Air Lines 3. Airline: Business/First Class - Emirates 4. Top Airline Global Network - United Airlines 5. Airline: Sales & Service - Delta Air Lines 6. Top Airline Overall - Delta Air Lines 7. Car Rental: Domestic – Hertz 8. Car Rental: International - Hertz 9. Hotel Chain: Domestic - Marriott International 10. Hotel Chain: Asia – Hilton Worldwide 11. Hotel Chain: Caribbean - Sandals Resorts 12. Hotel Chain: Europe – Hilton Worldwide 13. Hotel Chain: Mexico – Playa Resorts/Hyatt 14. Hotel Chain: Hawaii/South Pacific – Marriott International 15. Hotel Chain: All-Inclusive - Sandals Resorts 16. Hotel Chain: Luxury - Ritz-Carlton Hotels & Resorts 17. Hotel Chain: Upscale – Westin Hotels & Resorts 18. Hotel Chain: Mid-Priced - Hampton Inn 19. Hotel Chain: Boutique – Karisma Hotels & Resorts 20. Best Resort Worldwide – St. Regis Bora Bora 21. Hotel Chain: Sales & Service – Marriott International 22. Top Overall Hotel Group - Marriott International 23. Tour Operator: Domestic Packaged – Travel Impressions 24. Tour Operator: Domestic Escorted – Tauck 25. Tour Operator: International – Trafalgar 26. Tour Operator: Adventure – GOGO Vacations 27. Tour Operator: Africa – Abercrombie & Kent 28. Tour Operator: Asia/Pacific - Trafalgar 29. Tour Operator: Canada - Collette 30. Tour Operator: Caribbean - Funjet 31. Tour Operator: Europe - Globus 32. Tour Operator: Hawaii - Pleasant Holidays 33. Tour Operator: Mexico – Apple Vacations 34. Tour Operator: Luxury - Abercrombie & Kent 35. Tour Operator: Group, Packaged – GOGO Vacations 36. Tour Operator: Escorted Sales & Service - Globus 37. Tour Operator: Packaged Sales & Service – Funjet Vacations 38. Tour Operator: Escorted Overall - Globus 39. Tour Operator: Packaged Overall - Delta Vacations 40. Cruise Line: Domestic – Carnival Cruise Line 41. Cruise Line: Alaska - Princess Cruises 42. Cruise Line: Caribbean - Royal Caribbean International 43. Cruise Line: Europe - Celebrity Cruises 44. Cruise Line: Hawaii/Pacific - Norwegian Cruise Line
45. Cruise Line: Under 500 Berths – Windstar Cruises 46. Cruise Line: 500 to 1,000 Berths - Seabourn 47. Cruise Line: Premium - Celebrity Cruises 48. Cruise Line: Luxury - Crystal Cruises 49. Cruise Line: River Cruising - Viking River Cruises 50. Best World Cruise Itinerary - Holland America Line 51. Best Family Experience – Carnival Cruise Line 52. Cruise Line: Expedition – Celebrity Cruises 53. Cruise Line: Best Cuisine – Oceania Cruises 54. Cruise Line: Best Entertainment – Royal Caribbean International 55. Cruise Line: Best Private Island/Destination – Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian Cruise Line 56. Cruise Ship: River Cruising – AmaMagna, AmaWaterways 57. Cruise Ship: New – Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Cruises 58. Cruise Ship: Premium - Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Cruises 59. Cruise Ship: Luxury – Seven Seas Explorer, Regent Seven Seas Cruises 60. Cruise Ship: Overall Individual – Symphony of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International 61. Cruise Line: River Cruise Sales & Service - Viking River Cruises 62. Cruise Line: Sales & Service - Royal Caribbean International 63. Cruise Line: Overall - Royal Caribbean International 64. Destination: Africa - South Africa 65. Destination: Asia/Pacific - Australia 66. Destination: Canada - Vancouver 67. Destination: Caribbean – Jamaica 68. Destination: Central/South America - Costa Rica 69. Destination: Europe - Ireland 70. Destination: Hawaii - Maui 71. Destination: Mexico - Riviera Maya 72. Destination: U.S. State - Hawaii 73. Destination: U.S. City - Las Vegas 74. Best Travel Advisor Educational Program – Carnival Learn & Earn, Carnival Cruise Line 75. Best Advisor Loyalty Program – Norwegian Cruise Line 76. Best Rail Vacation - Rocky Mountaineer 77. Best Travel Technology Provider – VAX/Trisept 78. Best Insurance Provider – Allianz Global Assistance 79. Theme Park - Walt Disney World
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