Travel Weekly's Readers Choice 2015

Best of the best: Winners of our 13th annual Readers Choice Awards, honoring industry suppliers who led the way in products and services during the year.

Nominees and the award recipients were chosen in two rounds of voting by Travel Weekly readers. The open-ballot phase of voting was conducted over the summer; readers were asked to write in the names of companies they believed were outstanding in any of 74 categories. The leading vote recipients were identified as finalists, and voting on the finalists took place through November.

Here, peruse information about the winners, a slideshow of images from the gala dinner held at the Conrad New York and descriptions of the finalists in each category. 

Winners
Travel companies honored at gala event

During a black-tie gala dinner and ceremony at the Conrad New York on Dec. 15, Travel Weekly honored the best of the best in airlines, car rentals, hospitality, rail tours, GDSs, agent education, tour...READ MORE


The list

The winners were chosen by Travel Weekly readers for excellence in products and services....READ MORE


Recognition
Tourism Cares bestows Travel Philanthropy Awards

The industry nonprofit held a pre-gala reception at the Conrad New York to honor three companies and industry leaders, recognizing their philanthropic achievements....READ MORE


Stack, Tanzman receive Lifetime Achievement awards

The Lifetime Achievement award pays tribute to individuals whose efforts have led to extraordinary results....READ MORE


2015 Readers Choice Awards winners
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During a black-tie gala dinner and ceremony at the Conrad New York on Dec. 15, Travel Weekly honored the best of the best in airlines, car rentals, hospitality, rail tours, GDSs, agent education, tour operators, cruising, destinations and theme parks. Pictured here, Alex Pinelo, Andy Stuart and Nathan Hickman of Norwegian Cruise Line.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Vic Kerckhoff of United Airlines.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Bruce Shulman of Travel Weekly and Mandy Chomat of Karisma Hotels & Resorts.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Pam Wright and Maurice Honor of Hertz.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Vicki Freed and Joanne Schimelman of Royal Caribbean International.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Anthony Viciana of Princess and Cunard, Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald and John Chernesky of Princess and Cunard.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Celebrity Cruises' Dondra Ritzenthaler and Travel Weekly's Arnie Weissmann.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Dario Flota of the Riviera Maya tourism board.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Kristen Shovlin and Chuck Imhof of Delta Air Lines.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Virgin Atlantic's Chris Rossi and Travel Weekly's Arnie Weissmann.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Helen Coiro and Tom Coiro of Direct Line Cruises.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Kevin Froemming of Playa Hotels & Resorts, Jack Richards and Kimberly Daley of Pleasant Holidays and Suzanne Aresco of AAA Allied Group.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Marett Taylor and Shawn Johnson of Abercrombie & Kent.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Pam Wright of Hertz, Bruce Beckham of Tourism Cares and  Carolyn Cauceglia of Amadeus.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Arnold Donald of Carnival Corp., center, with Bob Sullivan, left, and Jay Nelson of Travel Weekly.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Maureen Barrett and Lynn Clark of Disney Destinations.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Bill Smith of Virtuoso, kneeling, with (from left) Dondra Ritzenthaler of Celebrity Cruises, Vicki Freed of Royal Caribbean International, Alex Sharpe of the Signature Travel Network, Lara Leibman of Frosch, Paula Hayes of Globus and Tracy Sedlak of Club Med.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Alison Metcalfe of Tourism Ireland.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>From left: Viking Cruises' Erik De La Cruz, Rob Huffman, Michele Saegesser, Michael Weldon and Eric Molina. Viking won in three cruise categories.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Clockwise from bottom left: Vicky Garcia, Corey Ratley, Michael Consoli and Carol Alexander of Cruise Planners with Crystal Cruises' Edie Rodriguez.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Attendees give Susan Tanzman a standing ovation as she accepts her Lifetime Achievement Award.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Robert Rechtermann, general manager of the Conrad New York.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Lindsay Pearlman of Ensemble with Geraldine Ree and Matthew Eichhorst of Expedia CruiseShipCenters.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Derek Hydon of MaCher and Courtney Iannuccilli and Dan Sullivan of Collette.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Andy Stuart of Norwegian Cruise Line with Laurie and Jeff Tolkin of World Travel Holdings.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Kimberly Wilson Wetty and Valerie Wilson of Valerie Wilson Travel and Vicki Freed of Royal Caribbean International.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Robyn Basso of the Hawaii Convention and Visitors Bureau.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Sebastian Maureschal and Susan Granger of Sandals.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Edie Rodriguez of Crystal Cruises.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Deirdre Copjec and Laura Roth of Sabre with Travel Weekly's Bob Sullivan.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Cynthia Perry of Marriott International.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Chris Austin of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, which won in three hotel categories (Asia, Hawaii/South Pacific and Sales & Service) as well as for Travel Agent Educational Program.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Kirk Neal of Carnival Cruise Line, Mike Julius of Carnival Cruise Line, Doug Seagle of Seabourn, Eva Jenner of Holland America Line, John Chernesky of Princess and Cunard, Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald, Charles Dunwoody of Holland America Line, Adolfo Perez of Carnival Cruise Line, Janet Wygert of Carnival Cruise Line, Tara Russell of Fathom and Anthony Viciana of Princess and Cunard.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Brad Tolkin of World Travel Holdings with Adolfo Perez and Mike Julius of Carnival Cruise Line.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Flanked by Bruce Shulman, left, and Arnie Weissmann of Travel Weekly are Lifetime Achievement Award winners John Noel (2007), Susan Tanzman (2015), Brian Stack (2015), Kathy Sudeikis (2005) and Valerie Wilson (2012).<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Travel Weekly's Jamie Biesiada, Terry Dale and Richard Barry of the USTOA and Travel Weekly's Rebecca Tobin.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Mike Rea of Tourism Cares and Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg of Valerie Wilson Travel.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Scott Nisbet and Paula Hayes of the Globus Family of Brands.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Sandy Babin, Tim Mullen and Jacqueline Kuehnel of Apple Vacations.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Travel Weekly's Arnie Weissmann, center, with Kimberly Daley and Jack Richards of Pleasant Holidays.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>John Caldwell, Loredana Costantino, Gina Cardelli Morales and Steve Diggelmann of Delta Vacations.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Brian Stack, managing director of CIE Tours International, was a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards gala. 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.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Of her Lifetime Achievement Award, Susan Tanzman, president and owner of Martin's Travel and Tours, said: ''It is truly an honor to be recognized by your peers for the 45 years I have devoted to fighting on behalf of the agency community and the consumer.''<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography</strong>Tourism Cares held a pre-gala reception at the Conrad New York for its Travel Philanthropy Awards. From left: Derek Hydon, president of MaCher; Toni Neubauer, president of Myths and Mountains; John Noel, president of Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection; Sven Lindblad, CEO of Lindblad Expeditions; Carolyn Cauceglia, vice president of strategic sales for Amadeus; and Brad Finkle, president of TripMate.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Julienne Schaer</strong>

Finalists
Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Emirates
  • JetBlue Airways
  • Lufthansa
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Southwest Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin America
Car rental
  • Alamo Rent a Car
  • Auto Europe
  • Avis Rent a Car
  • Budget Rent a Car
  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Europcar
  • Hertz
  • National Car Rental
Destinations: Caribbean
  • Aruba
  • Barbados
  • Dominican Republic
  • Jamaica
  • St. Lucia
  • Turks & Caicos
Destinations: Central/South America
  • Argentina
  • Belize
  • Brazil
  • Costa Rica
  • Panama
  • Peru
Cruise lines
  • AmaWaterways
  • Avalon Waterways
  • Azamara Club Cruises
  • Carnival Cruise Line
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Crystal Cruises
  • Cunard Line
  • Disney Cruise Line
  • Holland America Line
  • MSC Cruises
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Oceania Cruises
  • Paul Gauguin Cruises
  • Princess Cruises
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean International
  • Scenic
  • Seabourn Cruise Line
  • Silversea Cruises
  • Tauck
  • Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
  • Viking River Cruises
  • Windstar Cruises
Cruise ships
  • Allure of the Seas
  • AmaSonata
  • Anthem of the Seas
  • Avalon Tapestry II
  • Azamara Quest
  • Celebrity Reflection
  • Crystal Symphony
  • Marina
  • MSC Divina
  • Nieuw Amsterdam
  • Norwegian Getaway
  • Quantum of the Seas
  • Queen Mary 2
  • Regal Princess
  • Savor
  • Seabourn Odyssey
  • Seven Seas Voyager
  • Silver Spirit
  • S.S. Catherine
  • S.S. Maria Theresa
  • Viking Longship Tor
  • Viking Star
Destinations: Africa
  • Botswana
  • Egypt
  • Kenya
  • Morocco
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
Destinations: Asia/Pacific
  • Australia
  • China
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Tahiti
  • Thailand
Destinations: Canada
  • Banff
  • Montreal
  • Ottawa
  • Quebec City
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver
Destinations: Europe
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Spain
Destinations: Hawaiian Islands
  • Hawaii (The Big Island)
  • Kauai
  • Lanai
  • Maui
  • Oahu
Hotels
  • Hard Rock Hotels
  • AMResorts
  • Best Western
  • Comfort Inn
  • Crowne Plaza
  • Fairfield Inn
  • Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
  • Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
  • Hampton Inn
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • Holiday Inn
  • Hotel Indigo
  • Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and Hyatt/Playa Resorts
  • Iberostar Hotels & Resorts
  • InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Karisma Hotels & Resorts
  • Kimpton Hotels
  • Mandarin Hotel Group
  • Marriott International
  • Outrigger Hotels
  • Palace Resorts
  • Relais & Chateaux
  • Ritz-Carlton Hotels & Resorts
  • Riu Hotels & Resorts
  • Sandals Resorts
  • Secrets Resorts and Spas
  • Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
  • St. Regis Hotels & Resorts
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
  • W Hotels Worldwide
  • Waldorf Astoria
  • Westin Hotels & Resorts
  • Zoetry Wellness & Spa
Destinations: Mexico
  • Cabo San Lucas
  • Cancun
  • Cozumel
  • Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit
  • Riviera Maya
Destinations: Ski
  • Aspen
  • Jackson Hole
  • Park City
  • St. Moritz
  • Vail
  • Whistler
Destinations: U.S. Cities
  • Las Vegas
  • Miami
  • New Orleans
  • New York
  • Orlando
  • San Francisco
Destinations: U.S. States
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Nevada
  • New York
Rail vacations
  • Amtrak Vacations/Yankee Holidays
  • Belmond
  • Rail Europe
  • Rocky Mountaineer
  • Via Rail Canada
GDSs
  • Amadeus
  • Apollo/Galileo
  • Sabre
  • Worldspan
Resorts worldwide
  • Fairmont Kea Lani
  • Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
  • Grand Wailea
  • One & Only Palmilla
  • Ritz-Carlton, Naples
  • St. Regis Bora Bora
Ski resorts
  • Fairmont Chateau Whistler
  • Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole
  • Park Hyatt Bever Creek Resort and Spa
  • St. Regis Aspen Resort
  • Val Thorens Sensations
  • Westin Snowmass Resort
Theme parks
  • Busch Gardens
  • Disneyland
  • SeaWorld
  • Six Flags
  • Universal Studios
  • Walt Disney World
Tour operators
  • Abercrombie & Kent
  • Adventures by Disney
  • African Travel
  • Apple Vacations
  • Big Five Tours & Expeditions
  • Blue Sky Tours
  • CIE Tours
  • Classic Vacations
  • Collette
  • Delta Vacations
  • Funjet Vacations
  • G Adventures
  • Globus
  • Gogo Vacations
  • Goway
  • Insight Vacations
  • Intrepid Travel
  • Journese
  • Micato Safaris
  • Pacific Delight Tours
  • Pleasant Holidays
  • Rocky Mountaineer
  • Tauck
  • Trafalgar
  • Travel Impressions
  • Wendy Wu Tours
  • Yankee Holidays
Travel agent educational program
  • Five Star Academy
  • MLT University
  • NCL University
  • OneSource Academy
  • SPG Pro
  • Viking Travel Agent Academy
Travel agent loyalty program
  • Apple Vacations
  • Funjet Vacations
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Princess Cruises
  • Sandals Resorts
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide