Global Traveler Announces Sixth Annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards

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GT congratulates the winners in its sixth annual Leisure Lifestyle Edition

Global Traveler, the only monthly magazine for business and leisure luxury travelers, announces the winners of its sixth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards. The winners will be feted tonight at a cocktail reception on the rooftop of Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

Global Traveler conducted a survey of its readers Oct. 1, 2017 – Jan. 31, 2018, with open-ended questions for the best in many categories of leisure, luxury and lifestyle travel. The survey ran in the magazine, as an insert to subscriber copies, as a direct mail questionnaire, online and was emailed.

The winners were announced in Global Traveler’s sixth annual Leisure Lifestyle Edition, available now. The issue also includes a look at family-friendly resorts, food tours around the world, vacation deprivation disorder, how to travel like a celebrity, historical tourism and purchasing a second home.

For the fifth year, Global Traveler named Special Achievement Awards. For its unique programming, including a holiday ice rink and yoga, Denver International Airport was recognized for Outstanding Customized Services. Hurtigruten Cruise Line’s new hybrid cruise ship earned it the Outstanding Environmental Initiatives recognition. The Outstanding Innovations honor went to Singapore Changi Airport for its new Terminal 4, a technological game changer. Omni Hotels & Resorts received the Outstanding Social Awareness accolade for its Say Goodnight to Hunger campaign.

For the first year, Global Traveler announces its Cruise Line of the Year. The inaugural winner is Azamara Club Cruises. Global Traveler compiled nominees for the honor, with the final winner selected by our Globility Board, a vetted group of well-traveled magazine subscribers. Among the many reasons the luxury cruise line was selected are a commitment to providing top-notch service, amazing dining and a fine spa and wellness experience.

A complete list of winners is as follows:

Best Historical Attractions
Turkey

Best Adventure Destination
Thailand

Best Beaches
Costa Rica

Best Leisure Destination in the United States
Nashville, Tenn.

Best Leisure Destination in Europe
Lisbon, Portugal

Best Leisure Destination in Asia
Taipei, Taiwan

Best Leisure Destination in Latin/South America
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Best Leisure Destination in Mexico
Cabo San Lucas

Best Weekend Destination in the United States
Savannah, Ga.

Best Weekend Destination
Bermuda

Best Glamping Destination
Paws Up, Montana

Best Babymoon Destination
Key West, Fla.

Best North American Ski Destination
Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Best International Ski Destination
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Best Caribbean Island
Saint Lucia

Best Island in Europe
Santoríni

Best Island Pacific Rim
Cook Islands

Best Family Cruise Line
Regent Seven Seas

Best Small-Ship Cruise Line
Paul Gauguin Cruises

Best Large-Ship Cruise Line
Cunard Line

Best Cruise Line Entertainment
MSC Cruises

Best Cruise Line Dining
Viking Ocean Cruises

Best Luxury Cruise Line
Silversea Cruises

Best Adventure Cruise Line
Windstar Cruises

Best River Cruise Line
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Best Cruise Line Suites
Owner’s Suite, Silversea Cruises

Best Cruise Ship Excursions
Princess Cruises

Best Cruise Line Rewards Program
MSC Voyagers Club, MSC Cruises

Favorite Cruise Ship
Celebrity Reflection, Celebrity Cruises

Best Cruise Line Spas
Regent Seven Seas

Best Luxury Leisure Hotel Group in the World
Meliá Hotels International

Best Hotel Chain Resorts
Westin Hotels & Resorts

Best Pet-Friendly Hotel
Westin Hotels & Resorts

Best Family Resort Chain in the World
Westin Hotels & Resorts

Best All-Inclusive Resort
Sandals Resorts

Best Luxury Tour Operator
Elegant Resorts

Best Airport for Layovers
Doha Hamad International Airport

Best Airport for Recreation
Munich Airport

Best Leisure Airline
Hawaiian Airlines

Best Premium-Economy Class
Scandinavian Airlines

Best Airline for Onboard Entertainment
Asiana Airlines

Best Luxury Vehicle
Maserati

Favorite Watch Brand
TAG Heuer

Best Leisure Car Rental
Hertz

Favorite Liquor Brand
Johnnie Walker Blue

Outstanding Customized Services
Denver International Airport

Outstanding Environmental Initiatives
Hurtigruten Cruise Line

Outstanding Innovations
Singapore Changi Airport

Outstanding Social Awareness
Omni Hotels and Resorts

Cruise Line of the Year
Azamara Club Cruises

For more information about Global Traveler, visit globaltravelerusa.com.

About Global Traveler
With nearly 300,000 readers, Global Traveler connects with U.S.-based frequent, affluent, international travelers. According to MediaMark Research (MRI), GT readers have an average net worth of $2 million and 50 percent are CEOs and owners of companies. Our readers average nine domestic flights per year and 93 percent travel internationally on a regular basis, mostly in first and business class. More than 55 percent stay in 4- and 5-star hotels, at an average 60 nights per year. Four special editions — Leisure Lifestyle Edition, Global City Guidebook, Class Act Guide and The Trazee Book — complement 12 monthly issues. Each year, Global Traveler awards the GT Tested Reader Survey awards, Airline and Hotel of the Year, the Leisure Lifestyle Awards and the Wines on the Wing awards.

About Global Traveler Digital
Global Traveler’s website, globaltravelerusa.com, which unveiled a new design in late 2016, offers unique daily content catering to the lifestyle and travel interests of our audience of premium travelers. Other digital offerings include eFlyer USA (20,000 double-opt-in subscribers); eFlyer Asia (4,000 Asia-based, double-opt-in subscribers); custom e-newsletters; sponsored content; Publisher’s Picks, GT on the Go and Premium eDeal e-newsletters; and a weekly On the Road with Global Traveler slideshow. More than 1 million visitors monthly rely on globaltravelerusa.com as their travel resource.

About FXExpress Publications, Inc.
FXExpress Publications, Inc., based in Yardley, Pa., is a privately held company publishing Global Traveler, eFlyer USA, eFlyer Asia, Trazee Travel, WhereverFamily and several annuals; and also operating globaltravelerusa.com, globaltravelerusa.com/blog, trazeetravel.com, whereverfamily.com and FX Excursions.

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