Readers' Choice Awards winners honored at gala in New York


2010READERSCHOICELOGOThe winners of the eighth annual Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards were honored Thursday night at an awards dinner at the Plaza Hotel in New York.

Winners were selected in 59 categories in the airline, car, hospitality, rail, GDS, tour, cruise, destination and theme park sectors. The awards are presented to suppliers considered by Travel Weekly readers to have excelled in product and service during the past year.

In the first round of voting, Travel Weekly readers were invited this summer to write in the names of any company they believed best exemplified a particular category. Leading vote recipients were identified as finalists, and voting on finalists took place this fall.

“These awards identify the industry’s finest,” said Arnie Weissmann, Travel Weekly's editor in chief. “The professionals who read and rely on Travel Weekly have the expertise to select those businesses, destinations and hotels that provide a higher level of service to their clients. Our readers can be confident that these winners represent the best this industry has to offer.”

Travel Weekly also presented four Lifetime Achievement Awards to members of the travel community whose efforts have led to extraordinary results within an organization and who also have contributed to the industry as a whole.

This year, the recipients were Nancy Strong, CEO of Strong Travel Services; Jimmy Murphy, chairman of AMA Waterways; Kay Urban, president and CEO of Amadeus Americas; and Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

The following is a list of this year's Readers' Choice winners:

Airline, domestic: Southwest
Airline, international: Virgin Atlantic
Airline business/first class: Singapore Airlines
Car rental, domestic: Hertz
Car rental, international: Hertz
Hotel chain, domestic: Marriott International
Hotel chain, Asia: InterContinental Hotels Group
Hotel chain, Caribbean: Sandals Resorts
Hotel chain, Europe: InterContinental Hotels Group
Hotel chain, Mexico: Secrets Resorts & Spas
Hotel chain, Hawaii/South Pacific: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
Hotel chain, all-inclusive: Sandals Resorts
Hotel chain, luxury: Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Hotel chain, upscale: Westin Hotels & Resorts
Hotel chain, mid-priced: Hampton Inn
Hotel chain, boutique: Karisma Hotels & Resorts
Hotel chain, sales and service: Marriott International
Best Las Vegas hotel: Bellagio
Best resort worldwide: St. Regis Bora Bora
Best rail vacation: Rocky Mountaineer
Best travel agent educational program: Marriott Excellence, Marriott International
Best GDS: Sabre
Tour operator, domestic packaged: Gogo Worldwide Vacations
Tour operator, domestic escorted: Tauck
Tour operator, international: Trafalgar Tours
Tour operator, Africa: Abercrombie & Kent
Tour operator, Asia-Pacific: Pacific Delight Tours
Tour operator, Canada: Tauck
Tour operator, Caribbean: Gogo Worldwide Vacations
Tour operator, Europe: Globus
Tour operator, Hawaii: Pleasant Holidays
Tour operator, Mexico: Apple Vacations
Tour operator, luxury: Abercrombie & Kent
Tour operator, sales and service: Travel Impressions
Cruise line, domestic: Royal Caribbean International
Cruise line, Alaska: Princess Cruises
Cruise line, Caribbean: Royal Caribbean International
Cruise line, Europe: Celebrity Cruises
Cruise line, luxury: Crystal Cruises
Cruise line, premium: Celebrity Cruises
Cruise line, river cruising: Viking River Cruises
Cruise ship, river cruising: Avalon Scenery, Avalon Waterways
Cruise ship, rookie: Oasis of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International
Cruise ship, premium: Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Cruises
Cruise ship, luxury: Queen Mary 2, Cunard Line
Cruise ship, overall: Oasis of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International
Cruise line, sales and service: Royal Caribbean International
Cruise line, overall: Royal Caribbean International
Destination, Africa: South Africa
Destination, Asia-Pacific: Australia
Destination, Canada: Vancouver
Destination, Caribbean: Jamaica
Destination, Central/South America: Costa Rica
Destination, Europe: Italy
Destination, Hawaii: Maui
Destination, Mexico: Riviera Maya
Destination, U.S. state: Hawaii
Destination, U.S. city: Las Vegas
Theme park: Walt Disney World


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