2016 Readers Choice – Saint Lucia wins!

NEW YORK– Travel Weekly, the most influential source of news, research, opinion and analysis to the travel industry, honored the winners of its fourteenth annual Readers Choice Awards at a black-tie gala dinner and ceremony on December 15 at the Conrad New York.

The award winners, one for each of the 78 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 and 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 believed best exemplified that particular category. The leading vote recipients were identified as finalists, and voting on finalists took place September through November 2016.

“The travel industry is on track to becoming the largest industry in the world, consistently growing faster than global GDP,” said Arnie Weissmann, Travel Weekly’s editor in chief. “Every day, those who vote in our Readers Choice Awards must evaluate an ever-increasing number 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.”

Weissmann added that number of industry voters grew by 25% this year, passing the 15,000 mark for the first time. “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 honored two Lifetime Achievement Award winners. This 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.


Following is a list of this year’s Readers Choice winners:

1. Airline: Domestic – Delta Air Lines

2. Airline: International – Virgin Atlantic

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 – Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8. Car Rental: International – Hertz

9. Hotel Chain: Domestic – Marriott International

10. Hotel Chain: Asia – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

11. Hotel Chain: Caribbean – Sandals Resorts

12. Hotel Chain: Europe – InterContinental Hotels Group

13. Hotel Chain: Mexico – Hyatt/Playa Resorts

14. Hotel Chain: Hawaii/South Pacific – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

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 Ski Resort – Fairmont Chateau Whistler

21. Best Resort Worldwide – St. Regis Bora Bora

22. Hotel Chain: Sales & Service – Marriott International

23. Top Overall Hotel Group – Marriott International

24. Tour Operator: Domestic Packaged – Delta Vacations

25. Tour Operator: Domestic Escorted – Trafalgar Tours

26. Tour Operator: International – Trafalgar Tours

27. Tour Operator: Adventure – Adventures by Disney 28. Tour Operator: Africa – Abercrombie & Kent

29. Tour Operator: Asia/Pacific – Globus

30. Tour Operator: Canada – Tauck

31. Tour Operator: Caribbean – Funjet Vacations

32. Tour Operator: Europe – Globus

33. Tour Operator: Hawaii – Pleasant Holidays

34. Tour Operator: Mexico – Apple Vacations

35. Tour Operator: Luxury – Abercrombie & Kent

36. Tour Operator: Escorted Sales & Service – Globus

37. Tour Operator: Packaged Sales & Service – Travel Impressions

38. Tour Operator: Escorted Overall – Tauck

39. Tour Operator: Packaged Overall – Delta Vacations

40. Cruise Line: Domestic – Carnival Cruise Lines

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 1,000 Berths – Seabourn

46. Cruise Line: Premium – Celebrity Cruises 3

47. Cruise Line: Luxury – Crystal Cruises

48. Cruise Line: River Cruising – Viking River Cruises

49. Best World Cruise Itinerary – Holland America Line

50. Best Family Experience – Disney Cruise Line

51. Cruise Line: Best Cuisine – Oceania Cruises

52. Cruise Line: Best Entertainment – Norwegian Cruise Line

53. Cruise Line: Best Private Island – Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line

54. Cruise Ship: River Cruising – AmaSonata, AmaWaterways

55. Cruise Ship: New – Harmony of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International

56. Cruise Ship: Premium – Celebrity Reflection, Celebrity Cruises

57. Cruise Ship: Luxury – Queen Mary 2, Cunard Line

58. Cruise Ship: Overall Individual – Allure of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International

59. Cruise Line: River Cruise Sales & Service – Viking River Cruises

60. Cruise Line: Sales & Service – Royal Caribbean International

61. Cruise Line: Overall – Royal Caribbean International

62. Destination: Africa – South Africa

63. Destination: Asia/Pacific – Australia

64. Destination: Canada – Vancouver

65. Destination: Caribbean – St. Lucia

66. Destination: Central/South America – Costa Rica

67. Destination: Ski – Whistler, British Columbia

68. Destination: Europe – Ireland

69. Destination: Hawaii – Maui

70. Destination: Mexico – Riviera Maya

71. Destination: U.S. State – Hawaii

72. Destination: U.S. City – Las Vegas

73. Best Travel Agent Educational Program – Princess Academy, Princess Cruises

74. Best Agent Loyalty Program – Norwegian Cruise Line

75. Best Rail Vacation – Rocky Mountaineer

76. Best GDS – Sabre

77. Best Insurance Provider – Allianz Global Assistance

78. Theme Park – Walt Disney World

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