Travel Weekly's Readers Choice 2016

Travel Weekly proudly presents the 2016 Readers Choice Awards, the best of the best of the travel industry, in the airline, car, hospitality, rail, GDS, agent education, tour, cruise, destination, travel insurance, loyalty program and theme park sectors.

Winners
Companies in multiple categories are honored at annual gala
  • Airlines
  • Car rental
  • Cruise lines and ships
  • Destinations
  • GDSs
  • Hotels
  • Resorts worldwide
  • Ski resorts
  • Insurance provider
  • Theme parks
  • Tour operators
  • Travel agent educational program
  • Travel agent loyalty program
The list of winners

A list of the winners in the airline, car, hospitality, rail, GDS, agent education, tour, cruise, destination, travel insurance, loyalty program and theme park sectors....READ MORE


Recognition
Lifetime Achievement: Grossman, Liben honored

During the 2016 Readers Choice Awards gala held at the Conrad New York, Travel Weekly honored two industry veterans with Lifetime Achievement Awards....READ MORE


Tourism Cares awards 'excellence' in corporate philanthropy

Immediately preceding Travel Weekly's Readers Choice Awards gala, industry nonprofit organization Tourism Cares held its Hearts of Travel Awards ceremony to recognize "excellence in travel corporate...READ MORE


Honoring the 2016 Readers Choice Awards Winners
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Karisma Hotels & Resorts employees with top-producing agents: Mary Jo Nelson of Travel Partners, Thomas Varghese of Travel Tom, Pamela Walker of I Do Weddings Away, Tina Hearn of Paradise Weddings and Travel, Mandy Chomat of Karisma, Sarah Bonsall of Sunset Travel, Vanessa Martinez of Centre Holidays, Shelli Nornes of Romance Travel Group, Daniel Scheiman of Karisma and Emily Bertsch of VIP Vacations.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>Norma Dean of Delta Air Lines.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>Zaida McLoughlin of Virgin Atlantic and Arnie Weissmann of Travel Weekly.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andre Jackamets</strong>Hertz Corp.'s Maurice Honor and Pamela Wright.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>Bob Sullivan of Travel Weekly and Patricia Cunningham of United Airlines.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andre Jackamets</strong>Enterprise Holdings' Jay Pope and Tony Cosenza.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>Joanne Schimelman and Vicki Freed of Royal Caribbean International.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>Norwegian Cruise Line's Alex Pinelo and Camille Olivere, Travel Weekly's Arnie Weissmann and Norwegian's Andy Stuart.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andre Jackamets</strong>Dondra Ritzenthaler of Celebrity Cruises.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>Steve Smotrys, Alycia Oliphant, Anthony Viciana and John Chernesky of Princess Cruises.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>Justin French,  Mike Julius, Ann Hall, Adolfo Perez, Janet Wygert, Erin Martin and Kirk Neal of Carnival Cruise Line.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>Travel Weekly's Bruce Shulman with Eva Jenner, Doug Seagle and Charles Dunwoody of Seabourn.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andre Jackamets</strong>Edie Rodriguez of Crystal Cruises.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>Nikki Upshaw of Oceania Cruises.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>Michele Saegesser, Rob Huffman and Sandra Marshall of Viking Cruises.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>AmaWaterways' Gary Murphy and Travel Weekly's Arnie Weissmann.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andre Jackamets</strong>Annie Fitzsimmons of Virtuoso and Alex Herrmann of Switzerland Tourism.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>Jack Richards and Chanda Vudmaska of Pleasant Holidays.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>Pam Hoffee of the Globus family of brands, Rick Zimmerman of KHM Travel Group and Kristen Steele of Globus.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>Alexis Smith of TravelSmiths and Marett Taylor and Shawn Johnson of Abercrombie & Kent.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>Gary Sadler of Unique Vacations, Lindsey Smith of L&S Travel and Paul Smith of TravelSmiths.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>Edie Rodriguez and Carmen Roig of Crystal Cruises.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>John Werner of MAST Travel Network and Greg Bernd of Travel Impressions.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>Alexis Romer of Ritz-Carlton and Trisha Foresman of Virtuoso.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>Robyn Basso of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>Dario Flota of the Riviera Maya tourism bureau.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>John Meyer of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>Dayna Miller of Tourism Vancouver.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>Lorine Charles-St. Jules of the St. Lucia Tourist Board.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>Alison Metcalfe of Tourism Ireland and Travel Weekly's Arnie Weissmann.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andre Jackamets</strong>Thomas Botts of Miraval Group, Libbie Rice of Ensemble Travel Group, Charles Dunwoody of Seabourn and Holland America Line and Lindsay Pearlman of Ensemble.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andre Jackamets</strong>Lucy Bueti of Priceline, Maurice Honor of Hertz, Bill Jose of Priceline and Anthony Ciminera of Hertz.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andre Jackamets</strong>Doug Seagle of Seabourn, Marcia Rowley of ICE, Vicki Freed of Royal Caribbean International, Chris Austin of Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Dondra Ritzenthaler of Celebrity Cruises.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andre Jackamets</strong>Emily Bertsch, Emma Brumbaugh, Ryan Doncsecz, Megan Doncsecz and Alison Murphy of VIP Vacations.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andre Jackamets</strong>Andy Stuart of Norwegian Cruise Line and Bruce Shulman of Travel Weekly.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andre Jackamets</strong>Emily Temple of Mark Travel Corp., Twila Fortner of Delta Vacations, Robyn Basso of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, Wayne Spector of the Network of Entrepreneurs Selling Travel, Barbara Vong of Wright Travel and Jacquelyn Krueger of Palace Resorts.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andre Jackamets</strong>Steve Gorga of Exclusive Group Travel, Daranee	Perfecto and Aash Shravah of JTB USA Business Travel, Suzanne Halama of Tzell Travel Group, Deirdre Copjec and Gerry Moore-Murray of Sabre, Michael Dixon of Travelink, Chris Dane of Hickory Global Partners, Brian Buttigieg of Valerie Wilson Travel, Cindy Schlansky of Tzell, William Haire of Travelink and Monty Swaney of Tzell.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>Cynthia Perry of Marriott International.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>John Mannion and Chris Austin of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>Susan Granger, Pauline Pigott and Gary Sadler of Unique Vacations, Bruce Shulman of Travel Weekly and Nicole Barrett of Unique Vacations.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andre Jackamets</strong>Kevin Froemming and Karen Callahan of Playa Hotels and Resorts, Travel Weekly's Bruce Shulman and Playa's Andrea Wright and Howard Tanenbaum.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andre Jackamets</strong>Hubert Tupay of InterContinental Hotels Group.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>Alexis Romer of Ritz-Carlton.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>John Caldwell of MLT Vacations, Tammy Heitsman of Delta Vacations, Bruce Shulman of Travel Weekly and Loredana Costantino, Steve Diggelmann and Twila Fortner of Delta Vacations.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andre Jackamets</strong>Charles Mest and Scott Wiseman of Travel Impressions and Peter Bowler of Apple Leisure Group.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>Kristen Steele and Pam Hoffee of the Globus family of brands.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>Jack Richards of Pleasant Holidays.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>Sandy Babin of Apple Vacations.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>Shawn Johnson, Javier Echecopar, Marett Taylor and Keith Sproule of Abercrombie & Kent.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>Ashley MacLaughlin and Richard Aquino of Allianz Global Assistance.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>Steven Spivak of Tauck.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>Maryellen Kline and Will Farnsworth of Disney Destinations.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>Whitney Ramirez of Trafalgar and Brendan Vacations with Travel Weekly’s Arnie Weissmann.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andre Jackamets</strong>Barbie Groves, Terry Morrison and Emily Temple of Funjet Vacations.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Kristensen</strong>Lifetime Achievment Award winners Nicki Grossman, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau from 1995 to 2016, and Barry Liben, chairman of Protravel International and Tzell Travel Group.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Andre Jackamets</strong>Tourism Cares Hearts of Travel Awards recipients, from left: Keith Sproule, executive director, Abercrombie & Kent; Diane O’Dell, vice president of community relations, Universal Orlando Resort; Jonathan Tisch, co-chairman of the board of Loews Corp. and chairman of Loews Hotels; and Afar Media co-founders Joe Diaz, chief product officer, and Greg Sullivan, CEO.

Finalists
Airlines
  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Emirates
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Southwest Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic
Car rental
  • Alamo Rent a Car
  • Auto Europe
  • Avis Rent a Car
  • Budget Rent a Car
  • Enterprise Rent a Car
  • Hertz
  • National Car Rental
Cruise Lines
  • Ama Waterways
  • American Queen Steamboat Co.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Carnival Vista
  • Celebrity Reflection
  • Crystal Serenity
  • Harmony of the Seas
  • Koningsdam
  • MSC Divina
  • Norwegian Escape
  • Queen Mary 2
  • Regal Princess
  • Savor
  • Seabourn Odyssey
  • Seven Seas Explorer
  • Silver Spirit
  • Sirena
  • S.S. Antoinette
  • S.S. Maria Theresa
  • Viking Longship Lif
  • Viking Longship Tor
  • Viking Sea
Destinations: Africa
  • Botswana
  • Egypt
  • Kenya
  • Morocco
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
Destinations: Asia/Pacific
  • Australia
  • China
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • Tahiti
  • Thailand
Destinations: Canada
  • Banff
  • Montreal
  • Quebec City
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver
Destinations: Caribbean
  • Aruba
  • Barbados
  • Dominican Republic
  • Jamaica
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Maarten/St. Martin
Destinations: Central/South America
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Panama
  • Peru
Destinations: Europe
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Spain
Destinations: Hawaiian Islands
  • Island of Hawaii
  • Kauai
  • Lanai
  • Maui
  • Oahu
Destinations: Mexico
  • Cabo San Lucas
  • Cancun
  • Cozumel
  • Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit
  • Riviera Maya
Destinations: Ski
  • Aspen
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Park City
  • Vail
  • Whistler
  • Zermatt
Destinations: U.S. States
  • Alaska
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Nevada
Destinations: U.S. Cities
  • Las Vegas
  • New Orleans
  • New York
  • Orlando
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
GDSs
  • Amadeus
  • Apollo/Galileo, Worldspan
  • Sabre
Hotels
  • AMResorts
  • Best Western
  • Comfort Inn
  • Crowne Plaza
  • Fairfield Inn
  • Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
  • Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
  • Hampton Inn
  • Hard Rock Hotels
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • Holiday Inn
  • Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and Hyatt/Playa Resorts
  • Iberostar Hotels & Resorts
  • InterContinental Hotels Group
  • JW Marriott
  • Karisma Hotels and Resorts
  • Kimpton Hotels
  • Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
  • Marriott International
  • Outrigger Hotels
  • Palace Resorts
  • Red Carnation Hotel Collection
  • Relais & Chateaux
  • Ritz-Carlton Hotels & Resorts
  • Riu Hotels & Resorts
  • Sandals Resorts
  • Secrets Resorts and Spas
  • St. Regis Hotels and Resorts
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
  • W Hotels Worldwide
  • Waldorf Astoria
  • Westin Hotels & Resorts
  • Zoetry Wellness & Spa Resorts
Resorts Worldwide
  • Fairmont Kea Lani
  • Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
  • Inn at Spanish Bay
  • One & Only Pamilla
  • Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
  • St. Regis Bora Bora
Ski Resorts
  • Fairmont Chateau Whistler
  • Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole
  • Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa
  • St. Regis Aspen Resort
  • St. Regis Deer Valley
  • Westin Snowmass Resort
Insurance Provider
  • Allianz Global Assistance
  • BerkelyCare (Aon Affinity)
  • RoamRight
  • Travel Guard
  • Travel Insured International
Rail Vacations
  • Amtrak/Yankee Holidays
  • Belmond
  • Rail Europe
  • Rocky Mountaineer
  • Via Rail Canada
Theme Parks
  • Busch Gardens
  • Disneyland
  • SeaWorld
  • Six Flags
  • Universal Orlando Resort
  • Walt Disney World
Tour Operators
  • AAT Kings
  • Abercrombie & Kent
  • Adventures by Disney
  • African Travel
  • Apple Vacations
  • Blue Sky Tours
  • CIE Tours
  • Classic Vacations
  • Collette
  • Contiki
  • Delta Vacations
  • Exclusive Group Travel
  • Funjet Vacations
  • G Adventures
  • Globus
  • Gogo Worldwide Vacations
  • Goway
  • Insight Vacations
  • Micato Safaris
  • Pacific Delight Tours
  • Pleasant Holidays
  • Rocky Mountaineer
  • Tauck
  • Trafalgar
  • Travel Impressions
  • United Vacations
Travel Agent Educational Program
  • Five Star Academy
  • College of Knowledge
  • Delta Vacations University
  • NCL University
  • Princess Academy
  • SPG Pro
  • Viking Travel Agent Academy
Travel Agent Loyalty Program
  • AMResorts
  • Apple Vacations
  • Funjet Vacations
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Princess Cruises
  • Sandals Resorts
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide