AS WE MOVE INTO 2020, we prepare for an exciting year that includes the May 14 presentation of the Leisure Lifestyle Awards at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. These awards complement the GT Tested Reader Survey awards we just celebrated Dec. 11 at The Peninsula Beverly Hills. The Leisure Lifestyle Awards include the Special Achievement Awards; nominations for the four categories follow.
Outstanding Social Responsibility — InterContinental Hotels Group, IHG Academy; Kimpton Hotels, Kimpton Cares; Omni Hotels & Resorts, Community Involvement; Preferred Hotels, GIIFTS/Clean the World; The Ritz-Carlton, volunteer program and continued commitment to serve the community; Tauck Tours giving back program; and United Airlines, Miles on a Mission
Outstanding Customized Service — Abercrombie & Kent, specialized touring packages; Air Canada, family- centric programs and Air Canada Concierge Services; Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, giving passengers personalized notes to make flying easier; Delta Air Lines, equipping flight attendants with mobile devices to offer high-level, one-to-one interaction with passengers; Four Seasons, unique offerings including Four Seasons Private Jet service; Lufthansa, Additional Services for seat selection, upgrades and other options; Tahiti Tourisme, unique and diverse experience packages from Animals in Tahiti to in-season surfing, and most overwater luxury bungalows; and Virgin Hotels, Lucy, a guest personal comfort assistant
Outstanding Environmental Innovations — Air New Zealand, joint initiatives for Project Green and Fly Neutral; Hyatt Hotels, new initiatives to reduce single-use plastics; IHG, IHG Green Engage; JetBlue, renewable jet fuel purchase agreement; Lufthansa, Lufthansa Innovation Hub’s focus on CO2-neutral aviation fuels; Oceania, OceaniaNEXT initiative to reduce single-use plastics; SAS, initiatives to modernize its fleet and reduce CO2 emissions by 25 percent by 2030; and Tourism Authority of Thailand and Expedia, launching the UNESCO Sustainable Tourism Pledge
Outstanding Innovations — Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, using fingerprint checks for passengers going through security; Japan Airlines, infant seat map tool, showing where children are seated; Marriott Bonvoy, Bonvoy app allowing hotel selection, mobile check-in, mobile key entry and other options; Princess Cruises, Medallion Class experience; Qatar Airways, QSuite business-class product at the first-class level; Rimowa Luggage, electronic tag suitcase and app allowing travelers to check bags; United Airlines, partnership with Timeshifters to help passengers beat jet lag; and Uniworld, #ExploreUniworld community, enabling potential travelers to preview Uniworld experiences through the eyes of current cruisers and crew
Lastly, the nominations for Cruise Line of the Year are Celebrity Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line and Uniworld Boutique River Cruises.
Much to ponder! Look for the results in the May Leisure Lifestyle Edition.
In the meantime, enjoy your first-quarter travels!
Vail Resorts opted to close all 37 resorts early in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, but the mountain resort operator also wanted to give back to the community in the face of this adversity. The excess perishable food from the various properties was donated to 30 local food banks, schools and community organizations in the communities where Vail Resorts employees live, work and play. Fruit, vegetables, cheese, juice, granola bars and more went to mountain communities from Colorado and Vermont to British Columbia.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
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For the next several weeks, we are compiling the thoughts and experiences of our staff, writers and readers about the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. As a travel publication, we’ve all been affected during these difficult times, as have many of our clients, friends, partners and more.