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FXExpress Honors the Winners in the 2021 Awards Lineup

by Kimberly Krol Inlander

Nov 23, 2021

© Christopher P. Ottaunick

November 2021

As the travel industry continues its strong, post-pandemic re-emergence, we took the opportunity to celebrate the winners of FXExpress Publications Inc.’s ninth Leisure Lifestyle Awards from Global Traveler, the fourth Wherever Awards from whereverfamily.com and the seventh The Trazees from trazeetravel.com at an event on Aug. 26 at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington DC.

A number of sponsors joined in the festivities, including United Club Infinite Card from Chase, United Explorer Card from Chase, Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Visa from Chase, Grupo Posadas, GOWAY, Tahiti Tourisme and United Airlines. The United Airlines co-branded cards from Chase also sponsored a Dom Perignon raffle; congratulations to the Champagne winners: Fern Ottavio, TAP Air Portugal; Maria Pizzo, Celebrity Cruises; Jim Bolger, UE Medical Devices, Inc.; Bill Hanley, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants; and Giancarlo Mulinelli, Aeromexico.

© Christopher P. Ottaunick

We enjoyed a beautiful night in our nation’s capital, hosted in conjunction with our good friends at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington DC. Guests mixed, mingled and celebrated to the sounds of steel drums, bringing a bit of the beach to Washington, D.C.

It was also a true pleasure to honor Mike Donahue, chairman of our Advisory Board, for his contributions, advice and work in the past. Join us as we recap the winners of all of our awards across our three platforms. Congratulations to all the honorees!

LEISURE LIFESTYLE AWARDS
WINNERS’ CIRCLE

Best Historical Attractions, International
Turkey

Best Historical Attractions, Domestic
Charleston, South Carolina

Best Beaches
Costa Rica
Fourth Consecutive Year

Best Adventure Destination, International
India

Best Adventure Destination, Domestic
Alaska

Best Leisure Destination in the United States
Charleston, South Carolina
Second Consecutive Year

Best Leisure Destination in Africa
Seychelles

Best Leisure Destination in Europe
Florence, Italy

Best Leisure Destination in Asia
Taipei
Fourth Consecutive Year

Best Leisure Destination in Latin/South America
Santiago, Chile

Best Leisure Destination in Mexico
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Best Leisure Destination for Groups
Italy

Best Weekend Destination in North America
Savannah, Georgia
Second Consecutive Year

Best Weekend Destination in the World
Bermuda
Second Consecutive Year

Best North American Ski Destination
Telluride, Colorado
Third Consecutive Year

Best International Ski Destination
Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

Best Golf Destination
Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Best Caribbean Island
Dominican Republic

Best Island in Europe
Santoríni
Eighth Consecutive Year

Best Island Pacific Rim
Cook Islands
Sixth Consecutive Year

Best Island in the United States
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Best Family Cruise Line
Holland America Line

Best Luxury Cruise Line
MSC Cruises

Best Value Cruise Line
Emerald Cruise Line

Best Cruise Line Suites
Owner’s Suites, Silversea Cruises
Fourth Consecutive Year

Best Adventure Cruise Line
Ponant

Best Small-Ship Cruise Line
Paul Gauguin Cruises
Sixth Consecutive Year

Best Large-Ship Cruise Line
Cunard
Sixth Consecutive Year

Best River Cruise Line
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Fourth Consecutive Year

Best Cruise Line Entertainment
Princess Cruises
Third Consecutive Year

Best Cruise Line Dining
Azamara Club Cruises
Second Consecutive Year

Best Cruise Line Spas
Seabourn Cruise Line
Third Consecutive Year

Best Cruise Ship Excursions
Princess Cruises
Sixth Consecutive Year

Best Cruise Line Rewards Program
Captains Club, Celebrity Cruises

Best Cruise Port
Port Everglades
Second Consecutive Year

Best Luxury Leisure Hotel Group in the World
Meliá Hotels International
Seventh Consecutive Year

Best Hotel Chain Resorts
The Ritz-Carlton
Third Consecutive Year

Best Pet-Friendly Hotels
Westin Hotels & Resorts

Best Family Resort Chain in the World
Westin Hotels & Resorts
Fifth Consecutive Year

Best All-Inclusive Resorts
Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts

Best Tour Operator
Perillo Tours

Best Airport for Layovers
Miami International Airport
Second Consecutive Year

Best Airport for Recreation
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Best Stopover Program
TAP Air Portugal
Third Consecutive Year

Best Leisure Airline
Air Tahiti Nui
Third Consecutive Year

Best Airline for Onboard Entertainment
Air Canada
Third Consecutive Year

Best Airline Onboard Menu
Air Canada Business Class
Second Consecutive Year

Best Premium Economy Class
Air Canada
Third Consecutive Year

Best Pet-Friendly Airline
United Airlines

Best Luxury Vehicle
Volvo
Third Consecutive Year

Favorite Luxury Watch Brand
Tag Heuer

Best Leisure Car Rental
Hertz
Fourth Consecutive Year

Best Destination Jewelry Brand
Na Hoku
Second Consecutive Year

Best Liquor Brand
Woodford Reserve

LEISURE LIFESTYLE AWARDS SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT HONOREES

Outstanding Social Responsibility
United Airlines

Outstanding Customized Services
AlUla

Outstanding Environmental Achievements
Red Sea Development Company

Outstanding Innovations
Pittsburgh International Airport

THE TRAZEES
WINNERS’ CIRCLE

Favorite International Airline
United Airlines
Second Consecutive Year

Favorite Airline Alliance
Star Alliance

Favorite Aircraft Type
Airbus A350

Favorite Airline Website
AA.com
Fourth Consecutive Year

Favorite Frequent-Flyer Program
United MileagePlus
Fourth Consecutive Year

Favorite Low-Cost Airline
Allegiant Airlines

Favorite Airline in North America
Air Canada
Third Consecutive Year

Favorite Airline in Central/South America
Copa Airlines

Favorite Airline in Europe
TAP Air Portugal
Fourth Consecutive Year

Favorite Airline in Africa
Ethiopian Airlines
Second Consecutive Year

Favorite Airline in the Middle East
Etihad Airways
Third Consecutive Year

Favorite Airline in Asia
Cathay Pacific Airways
Second Consecutive Year

Favorite Airline in Mexico
Aeromexico
Second Consecutive Year

Favorite Green Airline
United Airlines
Third Consecutive Year

Favorite Airline App
American Airlines
Second Consecutive Year

Favorite Overall Airport in the World
Incheon International Airport
Second Consecutive Year

Favorite Airport in Africa
O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa

Favorite Airport in North America
Chicago O’Hare International Airport
Second Consecutive Year

Favorite Airport in Asia
Incheon International Airport
Second Consecutive Year

Favorite Airport in Europe
Amsterdam International Airport Schiphol
Second Consecutive Year

Favorite Airport in the Middle East
Bahrain International Airport

Favorite Airport in Central/ South America
Bogotá El Dorado International Airport
Third Consecutive Year

Favorite Airport Dining
Chicago O’Hare International Airport
Second Consecutive Year

Favorite Airport Shopping
Chicago O’Hare International Airport
Second Consecutive Year

Favorite Duty-Free Shopping
Incheon International Airport
Second Consecutive Year

Favorite Duty-Free Shopping in the Middle East
Bahrain Duty Free

Favorite Duty-Free Shopping in Africa
O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa

Favorite Duty-Free Shopping in Asia
Tokyo Narita International Airport

Favorite Duty-Free Shopping in Europe
Amsterdam International Airport Schiphol

Favorite Duty-Free Shopping in Central/ South America
Bogotá El Dorado International Airport

Favorite Hotel Chain
Canopy by Hilton

Favorite Lifestyle Hotel Chain
Andaz
Second Consecutive Year

Favorite Hotel Website
hilton.com

Favorite Hotel Rewards Program in the World
Marriott Bonvoy

Favorite Hotel Chain in Central/South America
Fiesta Americana Hotels & Resorts
Second Consecutive Year

Favorite Hotel Chain in Mexico
Fiesta Americana Hotels & Resorts
Seventh Consecutive Year

Favorite Hotel Chain in the Middle East
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts

Favorite Green Hotel
Aloft

Favorite Hotel App
Marriott

Favorite Country
Greece
Second Consecutive Year

Favorite Honeymoon Destination
Tahiti
Second Consecutive Year

Favorite Adventure Destination
Taiwan
Fourth Consecutive Year

Favorite Foodie City
Asheville, North Carolina
Fourth Consecutive Year

Friendliest City
Charleston, South Carolina

Favorite Beach Town, Northeastern United States
Kennebunkport, Maine

Favorite Beach Town, Mid-Atlantic United States
Cape May, New Jersey

Favorite Beach Town, Mid-Southern United States
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Second Consecutive Year

Favorite Beach Town, Southeast United States
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Favorite Beach Town, Florida East
St. Augustine, Florida

Favorite Beach Town, Florida West
Marco Island, Florida

Favorite Beach Town, Florida Panhandle
Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Favorite Beach Town, Gulf United States
Gulf Shores, Alabama

Favorite Beach Town, Texas
Port Aransas & Mustang Beach, Texas

Favorite Beach Town, Southern California
Dana Point, California

Favorite Beach Town, Northern California
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
Second Consecutive Year

Favorite Beach Town, Pacific Northwest
Long Beach, Washington

Favorite Car Rental Company
Hertz

Favorite Tour Operator
GOWAY
Third Consecutive Year

Favorite Luggage Brand
Travelpro
Second Consecutive Year

Favorite Credit Card
United Explorer Card from Chase
Fourth Consecutive Year

Favorite Cruise Line
Paul Gauguin Cruises
Second Consecutive Year

WHEREVER AWARDS 
WINNERS’ CIRCLE

Best Family-Friendly Domestic Airline
United Airlines
Second Consecutive Year

Best Family-Friendly Airline in North America
Air Canada
Third Consecutive Year

Best Family-Friendly International Airline
Air Canada
Second Consecutive Year

Best Family-Friendly Frequent-Flyer Program
United MileagePlus
Second Consecutive Year

Best Family-Friendly Hotel Chain
Hilton Hotels
Second Consecutive Year

Best Family-Friendly Resort Chain
Westin Hotels and Resorts
Second Consecutive Year

Best Family-Friendly Individual Hotel
Atlantis Paradise Island Resort, Bahamas
Third Consecutive Year

Best Family-Friendly Frequent-Stay Program
Hilton Honors
Second Consecutive Year

Best Family-Friendly Hotel Kids Club
Terranea, Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Best Family-Friendly International Tour Company
Lindblad Expeditions

Best Family-Friendly Cruise Line
Disney Cruise Line

Best Family-Friendly MultiGen Cruise Line
Azamara

Best Family-Friendly Cruise Line Kids Club
MCS Cruises Junior Club

Best Family-Friendly Credit Card
Chase United Explorer Card
Third Consecutive Year

Best Family-Friendly Credit Card Rewards Program
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card from Chase
Fourth Consecutive Year

Best Family-Friendly International Destination
Tahiti
Second Consecutive Year

Best Family-Friendly Domestic Destination
Charleston, South Carolina

Best Family-Friendly Caribbean Island
Dominican Republic
Second Consecutive Year

Best Family-Friendly Beach Town, Northeast/Mid-Atlantic United States
Nantucket, Massachusetts

Best Family-Friendly Beach Town, Southeast United States
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Second Consecutive Year

Best Family-Friendly Beach Town, Florida East
St. Augustine, Florida

Best Family-Friendly Beach Town, Florida West
Sarasota, Florida
Second Consecutive Year

Best Family-Friendly Beach Town, Florida Panhandle
Rosemary Beach, Florida

Best Family-Friendly Beach Town, Gulf Coast, United States
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama
Second Consecutive Year

Best Family-Friendly Beach Town, Texas
Corpus Christi, Texas
Second Consecutive Year

Best Family-Friendly Beach Town, West United States
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
Second Consecutive Year

Best Family-Friendly MultiGen Destination of the Year
Ireland

Best Family-Friendly Amusement Park
Hersheypark, Hershey, Pennsylvania

Best Family-Friendly Waterpark
LEGOLAND Florida

Best Family-Friendly Rental Car Company
Hertz

Best Family-Friendly Domestic Airport
Chicago Midway Airport
Second Consecutive Year

Best Family-Friendly International Airport
Incheon International Airport
Second Consecutive Year

Best Family-Friendly Airport Dining
Miami International Airport

Best Family-Friendly Airport Shopping
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

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