Today’s lesson? How to excel in all things travel. And our guest lecturers? The 2016 winners of the GT Tested Reader Survey awards. All kidding aside, each year in December we announce our annual award winners and try to keep the announcements fresh and not mundane by giving the article a kitschy theme. This year we’re taking it back to school — both in the article and in our editor and publisher letter photos. Enjoy a few laughs while admiring the school-age photos of Francis X. Gallagher and me. Big hair and even bigger glasses are about all I can say about the 1990s Kimberly Krol.
It’s been a whirlwind year of travel, traversing the globe from Italy and Brazil to Belgium, Dubai and Morocco with a number of other stops in between — luckily on board and in the guestrooms of many of the stellar winners detailed on the following pages. From our 2016 Airline and Hotel of the Year winners and the numerous honorees our readers selected in the GT Tested Reader Survey awards to the newly minted Hall of Fame and Quint Status titleholders, all of us here at Global Traveler congratulate you! And we celebrate you in this issue; we hope you enjoy learning more about the best of the best of 2016, all scoring straight A’s for service, style and so much more.
That’s only the beginning of what’s on offer in this extra-large issue as we journey around the globe to Moscow, Guadalajara, Durban, New York City, Tel Aviv, Johannesburg, Melbourne, Lausanne, Lima, the Galápagos and the Maldives.
Check back next month as we unveil a fresh new look for the pages of Global Traveler, as well as a new article and other fun changes to some of your favorite columns. See you in the New Year!
Scenic Cruises launched the world’s first discovery cruise this past July with a journey from Iceland to Canada.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
A new J.D. Power 2019 North America Rental Car Satisfaction Study compared airport-based rental car companies and found rental car customer satisfaction is at an all-time high. Leading the pack, Hertz took the top spot for customer satisfaction, followed by Enterprise and Alamo.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
Wheel the World, backed by booking.com, is a new accessible travel startup and one-stop shop for travelers with disabilities, regardless of age. The site curates accommodations, transportation and tour activities suitable for those living with disabilities.