Global Traveler Announces Third Annual Leisure Travel Awards

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GT announces the winners and more in its third annual Leisure Lifestyle Edition

Global Traveler, the only monthly magazine for business and leisure luxury travelers, announces the winners of its third annual Leisure Travel Awards. The winners will be feted at a cocktail reception on April 30, 2015, on the rooftop of the Hotel Shangri-La at the Ocean in Santa Monica, Calif. The iconic Art Deco hotel hosts the event for the second consecutive year.

Global Traveler’s elite Globility Board and the highly experienced magazine staff made nominations in each category. Global Traveler’s Globility Board consists of well-traveled subscribers who act as a direct link between the magazine and our readers.

From these nominations, Global Traveler’s esteemed Advisory Board selected the final prestigious winners.

The awards are announced in Global Traveler’s third annual Leisure Lifestyle Edition. The issue also includes articles on romantic getaways, travel fitness, outdoors tours, driving across America, travel apps and more.

For the second year, Global Traveler named Special Achievement Awards. For their new Residence Cabin and Flying Nanny service, Etihad Airways was recognized for Outstanding Customized Service. American Airlines’ achievements in working with the EPA’s Climate Leaders program earned them the Outstanding Environmental Initiatives recognition. The Outstanding Innovations honor went to China Airlines for the airline’s unique Family Couch seating. British Airways received the Outstanding Social Awareness accolade for supporting more than 40 charities and its Flying Start program.

A complete list of winners is as follows:

Best Beaches
Turks and Caicos

Best Caribbean Island
British Virgin Islands

Best Island in Europe
Second Consecutive Year

Best Island Pacific Rim

Best Adventure Destination
New Zealand

Best Historical Attractions

Best Small Ship Cruise Line
Silversea Cruises
Third Consecutive Year

Best Large Ship Cruise Line
Royal Caribbean International

Best Cruise Line Entertainment
Celebrity Cruises

Best Cruise Line Dining
Oceania Cruises

Best Luxury Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line

Best Adventure Cruise Line
Lindblad Expeditions

Best Family Cruise Line
Disney Cruise Line

Best River Cruise Line
Viking River Cruises
Third Consecutive Year

Best Luxury Leisure Hotel Group in the World
Melia Hotels International

Best Hotel Chain Resorts
Westin Hotels & Resorts

Best Leisure Lifestyle Hotel Group in the World
Vida Hotels and Resorts

Best Leisure Airline
Hawaiian Airlines

Outstanding Customized Services
Etihad Airways

Outstanding Environmental Initiatives
American Airlines

Outstanding Innovations
China Airlines

Outstanding Social Awareness
British Airways

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About Global Traveler
Global Traveler, the only AAM-audited U.S.-based magazine for the international business and leisure traveler, is a business travel and lifestyle publication with an AAM paid circulation of 109,000+.

About FXExpress Publications, Inc.
FXExpress Publications, Inc., based in Yardley, Pa., is a privately held company publishing Global Traveler, China Global Traveler, eFlyer USA; eFlyer Asia, Trazee Travel and several annuals; and also operating,, and

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