Global Traveler Names Airline and Hotel of the Year

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Leading Travel Magazine Announces 2012 Winners

Global Traveler, the only monthly magazine for business and luxury travelers, announces South African Airways as the 2012 Airline of the Year and Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts as the 2012 Hotel of the Year. This marks the second year Global Traveler awarded Airline and Hotel of the Year nods.

“We are thrilled to announce the 2012 Airline and Hotel of the Year winners,” said Francis X. Gallagher, publisher and CEO, Global Traveler. “South African Airways is an industry leader offering a first-rate experience. Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts are among the best properties in the world.”

A selected panel of Global Traveler employees and Advisory Board members chose the winners, based on information completed by the individual airlines and hotels, outside research and experience. Airlines and hotels were invited to participate and only those invited were considered for the honor. Participants submit an application with pertinent information, including financial data, occupancy rates, load factors, on-time figures, safety records and menus. Airlines and hotels that did not submit the required information were evaluated solely on independent research. Once an airline or hotel is selected, it is ineligible to participate for three years. This year, a total of 25 airlines and 26 hotels were asked to participate.

The winners will be celebrated at a cocktail event Dec. 12, 2012, at The Peninsula Beverly Hills. For more information on South African Airways and Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts, check out the December issue of Global Traveler.

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