Global Traveler, the only monthly magazine for business and leisure luxury travelers, announces the winners of its fourth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards. The winners will be feted at a cocktail reception tonight, May 19, 2016, on the rooftop of Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. 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 winners. The Advisory Board is comprised of well-traveled executives across a broad range of industries. The awards are announced in Global Traveler’s fourth annual Leisure Lifestyle Edition, available now. The issue also includes articles on heritage travel, airline vacation companies, hotel collections, LGBT tours and solo travel. For the third year, Global Traveler named Special Achievement Awards. For their Hello Kitty-themed airplanes, EVA Air was recognized for Outstanding Customized Service. Airbus’ eco-efficiency and environmentally friendly strides earned them the Outstanding Environmental Initiatives recognition. The Outstanding Innovations honor went to Royal Caribbean International’s unique Robotic Bartender. Air Canada received the Outstanding Social Awareness accolade for the 2012 creation of its Air Canada Foundation. A complete list of winners is as follows: Best Beaches Turks and Caicos Best Caribbean Island US Virgin Islands Best Island in Europe Santorini Best Island Pacific Rim Cook Islands Best Adventure Travel Destination India Best Historical Attractions Spain Best Shopping in the World The Dubai Mall Best Small-Ship Cruise Line Paul Gauguin Cruises Best Large-Ship Cruise Line Cunard Line Best Cruise Line Entertainment Royal Caribbean International Best Cruise Line Dining Azamara Club Cruises Best Luxury Cruise Line Silversea Cruises Best Adventure Cruise Line Lindblad Expeditions Best Family Cruise Line Celebrity Cruises Best River Cruise Line Viking River Cruises Best Cruise Line Suites The Haven by Norwegian Best Cruise Ship Excursions Princess Cruises Best Cruise Line Rewards Program Mariner Society, Holland America Line Best Luxury Leisure Hotel Group in the World Meliá Hotels International Best Hotel Chain Resorts Westin Hotels & Resorts Best Pet-Friendly Hotel Loews Hotels & Resorts Best Leisure Lifestyle Hotel Group in the World Vida Hotels and Resorts Best Family Resort Chain in the World Wyndham Hotels and Resorts Best Family Resort in North America Mohonk Mountain House Best Family Resort in the Gulf Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai Best Hotel Restaurant Al Mahara at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah Best Leisure Airline Hawaiian Airlines Best Premium-Economy Class China Airlines Best Pet-Friendly Airline United Airlines Best Luxury Tour Company Abercrombie & Kent Best Luxury Train The Royal Canadian Pacific Best Car Rental for Leisure Hertz Best Luxury Vehicle Cadillac Favorite Luxury Fashion Brand Louis Vuitton Favorite Luxury Watch Brand TAG Heuer Favorite Luxury Jewelry Brand Tiffany & Co. Outstanding Customized Services EVA Air Outstanding Environmental Initiatives Airbus Outstanding Innovations Royal Caribbean International Outstanding Social Awareness Air Canada For more information about Global Traveler, visit globaltravelerusa.com. About Global Traveler Global Traveler, the only AAM-audited U.S.-based magazine for the international business traveler, is a business travel and lifestyle publication with an AAM-audited paid circulation of 111,000+. 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 globaltravelerusa.com, globaltravelerusa.com/blog, china-globaltraveler.com and trazeetravel.com.
You probably didn’t know you needed to visit the Dominican Republic until you learned about the new, beautiful, modern, all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana.
With more companies around the world becoming more environmentally friendly, American Airlines recently announced it committed to set a science-based target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This move will sharpen the company’s strategy for reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 and aligns its path with the global imperative of limiting temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius.
Deep Dive Dubai, home of the deepest swimming pool for diving in the world, opened in Dubai, in the Nad Al Sheba neighborhood. Guinness World Records verified the pool as the world’s deepest swimming pool for diving at a depth of 60.02 meters, or almost 197 feet, holding 14 million liters of water, equivalent to six Olympic-sized swimming pools.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
Family gatherings are extra special this year and we chose to celebrate a milestone birthday in New Orleans. The JW Marriott New Orleans, across the street from the historic French Quarter, is ideally situated for exploring the city. Streetcars roll in front of the property and are especially fun for first-time visitors. Within a ¾-mile radius, we could walk to the National WWII Museum, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Sazerac House, Harrah’s Casino, the Shops of Canal Place and numerous restaurants.
Last week, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line returned to service in the United States, and celebrated at the Port of Seattle. Jan Swartz, president, Princess Cruises, and Gus Antorcha, president, Holland America Line, attended and spoke about the multidimensional impact of the return to cruising to Seattle, the local community, Alaska and the travel industry.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
Now is the time to get out of the house, soak in the sun and try something new. From bread making to learning the latest TikTok dance, Americans picked up new hobbies since the COVID-19 pandemic. As travel gets busier, keep the momentum going with paddle boarding that can travel with you anywhere in the world.