2006 Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards

The galaxy of tourism suppliers is unquantifiable. The industry includes more than 15 interrelated businesses, from independent hotels to sprawling resorts to chains that link the continents; from tour operators and travel agents who serve every interest, lifestyle and demographic to airlines, cruise lines, car rental firms and theme parks. Marketing them are tourism promotion boards in cities, countries and regions throughout the world. 

From this travel industry universe, Travel Weekly readers voted to select just 12 resorts and 103 suppliers as finalists in this year's Readers' Choice Awards competition. 

For the fourth consecutive year, our readership of agents, industry marketing executives and CEOs of the world's largest travel companies visited TravelWeekly.com to write in their choices of nominees for the best in travel in 51 categories.

Unlike many other readers' surveys of its type, this survey is open-ended. It represents not the opinions of a select sample of readers whose choices are culled from a select list of candidates but, rather, the picks of the industry, illuminated by our readers and tabulated by Northstar Travel Media.

Now anticipation is building as the voting has ended and tabulation of the results of the final round of voting has begun.

The best of the best -- the 2006 Readers' Choice Awards winners -- will be announced at a Night of Celebration gala dinner at the Pierre Hotel in New York on Dec. 14. The winners will be featured in the Jan. 15 issue of Travel Weekly.

Proceeds from the event will support the efforts of three charitable organizations, the Make a Mark Foundation, Tourism Cares and the Terry Lee Scholarship Fund.

Top Resorts Worldwide 

Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Casa de Campo, La Romana, Dominican Republic

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Kaupulehu, Kona, Hawaii

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Island, S.C.

Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Los Cabos, Mexico

Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach, Calif.

Princeville Resort, Princeville, Hawaii

Sandy Lane, St. James, Barbados

St. Regis Resort, Bora Bora, French Polynesia

The Inn at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach, Calif.

The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, Lake Oconee, Ga.

Best In Hotel Chains 

  

All-Inclusive 

AMResorts

Palace Resorts

Riu Hotels & Resorts

Sandals Resorts

SuperClubs

Economy Scale 

Best Western International Hotels

Choice Hotels

Fairfield Inn

Hampton Inn

Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts

Mid-Scale 

Hilton Hotels

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Marriott International

Radisson Hotels & Resorts

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

  

Upscale 

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Ritz-Carlton

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Luxury 

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

Hilton Hotels

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Ritz-Carlton

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Sales & Service 

Hilton Hotels

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Marriott International

Ritz-Carlton

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

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Hotel Chains 

(By location) 

  

Asia 

Hilton Hotels

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

Peninsula Hotels

Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Caribbean 

AMResorts

Marriott International

Riu Hotels & Resorts

Sandals Resorts

SuperClubs

Domestic 

Hilton Hotels

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts

Marriott International

Ritz-Carlton

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Europe 

Best Western International Hotels

Hilton Hotels

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts

Ritz-Carlton

Sofitel Hotels & Resorts

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Mexico 

AMResorts

Fiesta Americana Hotels & Resorts

Palace Resorts

Riu Hotels & Resorts

Sol Melia Hotels & Resorts

South Pacific 

Hilton Hotels

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts

Marriott International

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Best In Destinations 

Asia/Pacific 

Australia, China, Japan, Singapore, Thailand

Canada 

Banff, Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, Vancouver

Caribbean 

Aruba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, St. Lucia, U.S. Virgin Islands

Central/South America 

Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru

Europe 

England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy

Hawaii 

Big Island, Kauai, Kona, Maui, Oahu

Mexico 

Los Cabos, Cancun, Cozumel, Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Maya

U.S. 

California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, New York, Pennsylvania

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Best In Cities 

Asia/Pacific 

Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo

Europe 

Florence, London, Paris, Rome, Venice

U.S. 

Chicago, Las Vegas, New York, Orlando, San Francisco

Best In Theme Parks 

  

Busch Gardens

Disney World

Disneyland

Six Flags

Universal Studios

Best In Cruise Lines 

Alaska 

Carnival Cruise Lines

Celebrity Cruises

Holland America Line

Princess Cruises

Royal Caribbean International

Caribbean 

Carnival Cruise Lines

Celebrity Cruises

Holland America Line

Norwegian Cruise Line

Princess Cruises

Royal Caribbean International

Domestic 

Carnival Cruise Lines

Celebrity Cruises

Norwegian Cruise Line

Princess Cruises

Royal Caribbean International

Europe 

Celebrity Cruises

Costa Cruise Lines

Crystal Cruises

Holland America Line

Princess Cruises

Royal Caribbean International

Luxury 

Celebrity Cruises

Crystal Cruises

Regent Seven Seas

Seabourn Cruise Line

Silversea Cruises

Overall 

Carnival Cruise Lines

Celebrity Cruises

Holland America Line

Norwegian Cruise Line

Princess Cruises

Royal Caribbean International

Sales & Service 

Carnival Cruise Lines

Celebrity Cruises

Holland America Line

Princess Cruises

Royal Caribbean International

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Best In Cruise Ships 

Overall 

Constellation (Celebrity)

Freedom of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)

Mariner of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)

Millennium (Celebrity)

Queen Mary 2 (Cunard)

Rookie 

Crown Princess (Princess)

Freedom of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)

MSC Musica (MSC)

Nautica (Oceania)

Pride of Hawaii (NCL)

Luxury 

Constellation (Celebrity)

Crystal Serenity (Crystal)

Paul Gauguin (Regent)

Queen Mary 2 (Cunard)

Silver Cloud (Silverseas)

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Best In River Cruises

 

Overall 

Avalon Waterways

Delta Queen Steamboat Co.

Peter Deilmann Cruises

Uniworld River Cruises

Viking River Cruises

Best In Airlines 

Domestic 

American Airlines

Continental Airlines

Delta Air Lines

JetBlue Airways

Southwest Airlines

International 

American Airlines

British Airways

Lufthansa

Singapore Airlines

Virgin Atlantic

Best In Car Rentals 

Domestic

Alamo

Avis

Budget

Enterprise

Hertz

International 

Alamo

Auto Europe

Avis

Budget

Hertz

Best In Tour Operators 

Domestic 

Apple Vacations

Funjet Vacations

Globus

Gogo Worldwide Vacations

Tauck World Discovery

Travel Impressions

International 

Apple Vacations

General Tours

Globus

Tauck World Discovery

Travel Bound

Travel Impressions

Luxury 

Abercrombie & Kent

Big Five Tours & Expeditions

Brennan Vacations

Tauck World Discovery

Travel Impressions

Asia/Pacific 

General Tours

Globus

Pacific Delight

Pleasant Holidays

Travel Impressions

Africa 

Abercrombie & Kent

Big Five Tours & Expeditions

Globus

Micato Safaris

Tauck World Discovery

Canada 

Brennan Vacations

Brewster Tours

Collette Vacations

Globus

Gogo Worldwide Vacations

Tauck World Discovery

Caribbean 

Apple Vacations

Classic Vacations

Funjet Vacations

Gogo Worldwide Vacations

Travel Impressions

Europe 

Globus

Tauck World Discovery

Trafalgar

Travel Bound

Travel Impressions

Hawaii 

Apple Vacations

Blue Sky Tours

Classic Vacations

Pleasant Holidays

Travel Impressions

Mexico 

Apple Vacations

Classic Vacations

Funjet Vacations

Gogo Worldwide Vacations

Pleasant Holidays

Travel Impressions

Sales & Service 

Apple Vacations

Globus

Gogo Worldwide Vacations

Tauck World Discovery

Travel Impressions 

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