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  • Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards 2012 - 1 of 28

    Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards 2012

    Travel Weekly honored the winners of its 10th annual Readers' Choice Awards at a ceremony on Dec. 13. The awards were presented to suppliers and destinations that, in the judgment of our readers, set the standard in product quality and service over the past year. Pictured here, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Valerie Ann Wilson, center, is called to the stage. Photos by Andrei Jackamets/Andrei Jackamets Photography

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    Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards 2012

    Wilson is flanked by Travel Weekly Publisher Bob Sullivan, Valerie Wilson Travel co-presidents Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg and Kimberly Wilson Wetty, and Editor in Chief Arnie Weissmann.

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    Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards 2012

    Sullivan with Julie Zadeh and Jay Talwar of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau. Hawaii took top honors in the U.S. State category for the ninth year in a row.

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    Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards 2012

    Weissmann with Travel Impressions representatives, from left: Debbie Baker, vice president of operations; Barbie Groves, vice president of global sales; Steve Gorga, CEO; and John Hanratty, COO.

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    Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards 2012

    Mingling before the ceremony, which took place at New York's Plaza Hotel.

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    Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards 2012

    Mollie Fitzgerald, co-owner, Frontiers Elegant Journeys; Bryan Leibman, president of Frosch Travel; and Lara Leibman.

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    Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards 2012

    Gail Grimmett, Delta's senior vice president for New York, accepts the airline's Domestic Airline honors.

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    Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards 2012

    Andy Grodecki, Virgin Atlantic, vice president of sales for North America, with the airline's International award.

  • Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards 2012 - 9 of 28

    Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards 2012

    Pam Wright, Hertz's vice president of sales strategy and operations. The company swept the Car Rental category.

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    Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards 2012

    Cheryl Williams, Starwood regional vice president of sales and marketing for Hawaii and French Polynesia; Arnie Weissmann; and Chris Austin, Starwood's vice president of programs and education for the travel professional. For the fourth year running, Starwood won in the Hotel Chian: Hawaii/South Pacific category.

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    Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards 2012

    From left, Sandals Resorts' Susan Granger, business development manager, and Alice McCalla, regional director of sales. Sandals took both the Hotel Chain: All-Inclusive and Hotel Chain: Caribbean categories.

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    Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards 2012

    Top row (L-R): Phillip Banks, co-owner, Legacy Travel; Jackie Waechter, co-owner, All About Honeymoons; Richard Calvert, president, Destinationweddings.com; Tom Carr, owner, All Inclusive Outlet. Bottom row (L-R): Sasa Milojevic, vice president of operations, Karisma Hotels; Cathi Banks, co-owner, Legacy Travel; Tina Hearn, co-owner All About Honeymoons; Mandy Chomat, vice president, sales and marketing, Karisma Hotels.

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    Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards 2012

    From left, Eric Goldring, owner of Goldring Travel; Joanne Schimelman, vice president of sales and national accounts for Royal Caribbean International; Lindsay Pearlman, co-president of Ensemble Travel; Libbie Rice, co-president of Ensemble Travel; and Brian Chapin of Ensemble Travel.

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    Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards 2012

    Bruce Beckham, Tourism Cares CEO, and Sabine Toussaint, Haiti program adviser for the Clinton Foundation.

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    Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards 2012

    An affectionate moment between Ross Spalding, president of Crown Cruise Vacations, and Dondra Ritzenthaler, senior vice president of sales for Celebrity Cruises.

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    Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards 2012

    From left, Dwain Wall, SVP and GM of CruiseOne & Cruises Inc.; Joe Jiffo, Ensemble's VP for business development; Cruise Planners CEO Michelle Fee; Vicki Freed, SVP of sales, trade support and service for Royal Caribbean International; David Crooks, World Travel Holdings SVP of product and operations; Helen and Tom Coiro of Direct Line Cruises, Hauppauge, N.Y.; and Steve McGillivray, chief marketing officer of the Travel Leaders Group.

  • Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards 2012 - 17 of 28

    Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards 2012

    From left, Plaza Hotel General Manager Hans Hordijk, Evelyn Molina of American Express, Dan Beschloss of Valerie Wilson Travel, Christina Malik of Tzell and Travel Leaders Group, Leslie Dodson of Fairmont Raffles Hotels International and Nathan Devore of Protravel.

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    Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards 2012

    Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, heads to the stage to receive his Lifetime Achievement Award.

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    Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards 2012

    Tauck President Jennifer Tombaugh and Travel Weekly Editor in Chief Arnie Weissmann.

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    Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards 2012

    Paul Wiseman, president of Trafalgar, which won in the Tour Operator: Europe category.

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    Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards 2012

    Representing Princess Cruises and Cunard Line, respectively, Anthony Viciana, regional sales director, and Alycia Oliphant, national accounts manager, took home awards for Cruise Line: Alaska and Cruise Ship: Luxury.

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    Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards 2012

    Dayna Miller of Tourism Vancouver accepted the Destination: Canada award.

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    Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards 2012

    Carl Walsh of Visit Britain accepted the Destination: Europe honors for England.

  • Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards 2012 - 24 of 28

    Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards 2012

    Alfonso Sumano of the Mexico Tourism Board accepted the Destination: Mexico award for the Riviera Maya.

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    Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards 2012

    Travel Weekly's annual Lifetime Achievement Award honors individuals who consistently have demonstrated leadership and insight, effected change or innovation and made extraordinary contributions to both organizations and the industry at large. Pictured here, 2012 honoree Roger Dow, president and CEO, U.S. Travel Association.

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    Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards 2012

    Travel Weekly's annual Lifetime Achievement Award honors individuals who consistently have demonstrated leadership and insight, effected change or innovation and made extraordinary contributions to both organizations and the industry at large. Pictured here, 2012 honoree Randy Garfield; president, Walt Disney Travel Co.; executive vice president, worldwide sales and travel operations, Disney Destinations.

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    Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards 2012

    Travel Weekly's annual Lifetime Achievement Award honors individuals who consistently have demonstrated leadership and insight, effected change or innovation and made extraordinary contributions to both organizations and the industry at large. Pictured here, 2012 honoree Jonathan Tisch; chairman, Loews Hotels & Resorts; co-chairman of the board, Loews Corp.

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    Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards 2012

    Travel Weekly's annual Lifetime Achievement Award honors individuals who consistently have demonstrated leadership and insight, effected change or innovation and made extraordinary contributions to both organizations and the industry at large. Pictured here, 2012 honoree Valerie Ann Wilson, founder, chairwoman and CEO, Valerie Wilson Travel.

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