Travel Weekly Readers Choice 2016

The list of winners

NEW YORK -- Travel Weekly on Thursday unveiled the winners of the 14th annual Readers Choice Awards during a black-tie gala dinner at the Conrad New York here. The winners, in 78 categories ranging from hotels to tours to airlines to GDSs to cruise lines, represent the best of the best in travel.

In addition to the winners, two industry professionals were honored at the event with Lifetime Achievement Awards: Barry Liben, chairman of Tzell Travel Group and Protravel International, and Nicki Grossman, the former president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau.

For the entire list of Readers Choice Awards finalists, click here.

Best in Airlines

  • Domestic: Delta Air Lines 
  • International: Virgin Atlantic
  • Business/First Class: Emirates 
  • Global Network: United Airlines 
  • Sales & Service: Delta Air Lines 
  • Airline Overall: Delta Air Lines 

Best in Car Rental

  • Domestic: Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • International: Hertz

Best in Hotel Chains

  • Domestic: Marriott International
  • Asia: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
  • Caribbean: Sandals Resorts
  • Europe: InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Mexico: Hyatt/Playa Resorts
  • Hawaii/South Pacific: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
  • All-Inclusive: Sandals Resorts  
  • Luxury: Ritz-Carlton Hotels & Resorts
  • Upscale: Westin Hotels & Resorts
  • Mid-Priced: Hampton Inn
  • Boutique: Karisma Hotels & Resorts
  • Sales & Service: Marriott International
  • Overall Hotel Group: Marriott International  

Best Ski Resort

  • Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Best Resort Worldwide 

  • St. Regis Bora Bora

Best in Tour Operators

  • Domestic Packaged: Delta Vacations
  • Domestic Escorted: Trafalgar Tours
  • International: Trafalgar Tours
  • Adventure: Adventures by Disney
  • Africa: Abercrombie & Kent
  • Asia/Pacific: Globus
  • Canada: Tauck
  • Caribbean: Funjet Vacations
  • Europe: Globus
  • Hawaii: Pleasant Holidays
  • Mexico: Apple Vacations
  • Luxury: Abercrombie & Kent
  • Escorted Sales & Service: Globus
  • Packaged Sales & Service: Travel Impressions
  • Escorted Overall: Tauck
  • Packaged Overall: Delta Vacations

Best in Cruise Lines

  • Domestic: Carnival Cruise Line
  • Alaska: Princess Cruises
  • Caribbean: Royal Caribbean International
  • Europe: Celebrity Cruises
  • Hawaii/Pacific: Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Under 1,000 Berths: Seabourn
  • Premium: Celebrity Cruises
  • Luxury: Crystal Cruises
  • River Cruising: Viking River Cruises
  • World Cruise Itinerary: Holland America Line
  • Family Experience: Disney Cruise Line
  • Cuisine: Oceania Cruises
  • Entertainment: Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Private Island: Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line
  • River Cruise Sales & Service: Viking River Cruises
  • Cruise Line Sales & Service: Royal Caribbean International
  • Overall: Royal Caribbean International

Best in Cruise Ships

  • River Cruising: AmaSonata, AmaWaterways
  • New: Harmony of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International
  • Premium: Celebrity Reflection, Celebrity Cruises
  • Luxury: Queen Mary 2, Cunard Line
  • Overall Individual: Allure of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International

Best in Destinations

  • Africa: South Africa
  • Asia/Pacific: Australia
  • Canada: Vancouver
  • Caribbean: St. Lucia
  • Central/South America: Costa Rica
  • Ski: Whistler, British Columbia  
  • Europe: Ireland
  • Hawaii: Maui
  • Mexico: Riviera Maya
  • U.S. State: Hawaii
  • U.S. City: Las Vegas

Best Theme Park

  • Walt Disney World

Best Travel Agent Educational Program

  • Princess Academy, Princess Cruises

Best Agent Loyalty Program

  • Norwegian Cruise Line 

Best Rail Vacation

  • Rocky Mountaineer

Best GDS

  • Sabre

Best Insurance Provider

  • Allianz Global Assistance
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