Leisure Lifestyle Awards 2019 Recap

by Kimberly Krol

Sep 1, 2019
Features

A RARE RAINSTORM IN LOS ANGELES couldn’t dampen our spirits as Global Traveler celebrated its seventh annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. With so many European winners this year, our Night in Europe theme transformed the luxury hotel’s meeting space and transported guests to Switzerland, Turkey, France and beyond.

The Global Traveler Leisure Lifestyle Awards honor the cream of the crop in destinations, airlines, cruise lines and hotels in the leisure and lifestyle travel categories. Sofitel’s beautiful venue, overlooking Beverly Hills, was our host venue for the fourth year as acceptees and guests said “Bonjour!” with GT.

Liz Watts and Company treated guests to a range of performances celebrating the continent of Europe, including a booming opera performance at sunset, a rousing rendition of “Mamma Mia!” to celebrate Santoríni, Czech folk dancers and a corps of Irish step dancers.

WINNERS’ CIRCLE

BEST HISTORICAL ATTRACTIONS, INTERNATIONAL
Turkey
Second Consecutive Year

BEST HISTORICAL ATTRACTIONS, DOMESTIC
Williamsburg, Virginia

BEST BEACHES
Costa Rica
Second Consecutive Year

BEST ADVENTURE DESTINATION, INTERNATIONAL
Thailand
Third Consecutive Year

BEST ADVENTURE DESTINATION, DOMESTIC
Alaska

BEST LEISURE DESTINATION IN THE UNITED STATES
Nashville, Tennessee
Second Consecutive Year

BEST LEISURE DESTINATION IN AFRICA
Botswana

BEST LEISURE DESTINATION IN EUROPE
Prague, Czech Republic

BEST LEISURE DESTINATION IN ASIA
Taipei, Taiwan
Second Consecutive Year

BEST LEISURE DESTINATION IN LATIN/SOUTH AMERICA
Bogotá, Colombia

BEST LEISURE DESTINATION IN MEXICO
Guadalajara

BEST LEISURE DESTINATION FOR GROUPS
Italy

BEST WEEKEND DESTINATION IN NORTH AMERICA
Austin, Texas

BEST WEEKEND DESTINATION IN THE WORLD
Dublin, Ireland

BEST NORTH AMERICAN SKI DESTINATION
Telluride, Colorado

BEST INTERNATIONAL SKI DESTINATION
Niseko, Japan

BEST CARIBBEAN ISLAND
Curaçao

BEST ISLAND IN EUROPE
Santoríni
Sixth Consecutive Year

BEST ISLAND PACIFIC RIM
Cook Islands
Fourth Consecutive Year

BEST FAMILY CRUISE LINE
Celebrity Cruises

BEST LUXURY CRUISE LINE
Silversea Cruises
Fourth Consecutive Year

BEST CRUISE LINE SUITES
Owner’s Suites, Silversea Cruises
Second Consecutive Year

BEST ADVENTURE CRUISE LINE
National Geographic Expedition Cruises

BEST SMALL-SHIP CRUISE LINE
Paul Gauguin Cruises
Fourth Consecutive Year

BEST LARGE-SHIP CRUISE LINE
Cunard Line
Fourth Consecutive Year

BEST RIVER CRUISE LINE
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Second Consecutive Year

BEST CRUISE LINE ENTERTAINMENT
Princess Cruises

BEST CRUISE LINE DINING
Seabourn Cruise Line

BEST CRUISE LINE SPAS
Seabourn Cruise Line

BEST CRUISE SHIP EXCURSIONS
Princess Cruises
Fourth Consecutive Year

BEST CRUISE LINE REWARDS PROGRAM
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Latitudes Rewards Program

BEST CRUISE PORT
Port Canaveral, Florida

BEST LUXURY LEISURE HOTEL GROUP IN THE WORLD
Meliá Hotels International
Fifth Consecutive Year

BEST HOTEL CHAIN RESORTS
The Ritz-Carlton

BEST PET-FRIENDLY HOTELS
Westin Hotels & Resorts
Second Consecutive Year

BEST FAMILY RESORT CHAIN IN THE WORLD
Westin Hotels & Resorts
Third Consecutive Year

BEST ALL-INCLUSIVE RESORTS
Sandals Resorts International
Second Consecutive Year

BEST TOUR OPERATOR
Abercrombie & Kent

BEST AIRPORT FOR LAYOVERS
Zürich Kloten International Airport

BEST AIRPORT FOR RECREATION
Hong Kong International Airport

BEST STOPOVER PROGRAM
TAP Air Portugal

BEST LEISURE AIRLINE
Air Tahiti Nui

BEST AIRLINE FOR ONBOARD ENTERTAINMENT
Air Canada

BEST AIRLINE ONBOARD MENU
Swiss International Air Lines First Class

BEST PREMIUM-ECONOMY CLASS
Air Canada

BEST PET-FRIENDLY AIRLINE
Delta Air Lines

BEST LUXURY VEHICLE
Volvo

FAVORITE LUXURY WATCH BRAND
Patek Philippe

BEST LEISURE CAR RENTAL
Hertz

BEST LIQUOR BRAND
Johnnie Walker Blue
Second Consecutive Year

CRUISE LINE OF THE YEAR
Silversea Cruises

QUINT STATUS

BEST LUXURY LEISURE HOTEL GROUP IN THE WORLD
Meliá Hotels International
Fifth Consecutive Year

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

OUTSTANDING SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Celebrity Cruises

OUTSTANDING CUSTOMIZED SERVICES
ATL Rewards Program at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

OUTSTANDING ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES
United Airlines

OUTSTANDING INNOVATIONS
New İstanbul Airport

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Cunard Launches Exclusive Musical

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Lufthansa Launches Innovative Carbon Offset Program

Lufthansa is starting an innovative new carbon offset program, Compensaid, which will allow customers to purchase CO2 neutral aviation fuels. The platform allows customers to replace the fossil fuel of their flights with sustainable aviation fuel.

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The Island of the Knights

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.

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LG Pay

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San Francisco’s ‘Proper’ Hotel Opens in Santa Monica

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The Island of the Knights

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.

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Google Expands Price Comparison Tool

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