JOIN US IN CONGRATULATING the inaugural winners of the 2018 Wherever Awards, the awards for the best in travel as decided by the readers of WhereverFamily, our sister web publication aimed at the modern traveling family. The ballot ran on whereverfamily.com from September 2017 to March 2018, with the winners announced in September 2018. Here we recap the winners as they proudly display their new awards.
Best Family-Friendly Domestic Airline
Best Family-Friendly International Airline
TAP Air Portugal
Best Family-Friendly Frequent-Flyer Program
Best Family-Friendly Hotel Chain
Best Family-Friendly Resort Chain
Martinhal Family Hotels & Resorts, Portugal
Best Family-Friendly Individual Hotel
Martinhal Sagres, Algarve
Best Family-Friendly Frequent-Stay Program
Best Family-Friendly All-Inclusive Hotel
Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda, Mexico
Best Family-Friendly Pet Hotel
Westin Hotels & Resorts
Best Family-Friendly Hotel Kids Club
Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas
Best Family-Friendly Vacation Company
Best Family-Friendly Domestic Tour Company
Adventures by Disney
Best Family-Friendly International Tour Company
Thomson Family Adventures
Best Family-Friendly Cruise Line
Best Family-Friendly MultiGen Cruise Line
Best Family-Friendly Credit Card
Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express
Best Family-Friendly Credit Card Rewards Program
Marriott Rewards Visa Card from Chase
Best Family-Friendly International Destination
Best Family-Friendly Domestic Destination
Best Family-Friendly Caribbean Island
Best Family-Friendly MultiGen Destination of the Year
Best Family-Friendly Amusement Park
Legoland California, Carlsbad
Best Family-Friendly Waterpark
Aquatica by SeaWorld
Best Family-Friendly Rental Car Company
Best Family-Friendly Travel Provider of the Year
Best Family-Friendly Domestic Airport
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Best Family-Friendly International Airport
Singapore Changi Airport
Best Family-Friendly Airport Dining
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Best Family-Friendly Airport Shopping
Dubai International Airport
As I arrived at the Air Canada check-in counter, the helpful staff directed me to the security checkpoint. Once through the line, and a bit strapped for time, I walked quickly to my gate, where an extremely kind concierge service member greeted me. She asked how my trip was and said she had been watching for me so she could assist me with boarding early to ensure a calm and easy departure. She assisted me earlier that week when I processed through security from Toronto to London, so it was nice closing my trip with a friendly face. She escorted me onto the plane and to my seat in the beautiful Signature Class cabin of the Boeing 787-8, introducing me to the flight attendant who would be directing cabin staff during my flight. I thanked the concierge for her hospitality throughout my journey.
Finding a beachfront Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for all ages can be daunting when you want to take home great memories with loved ones but also experience a sophisticated escape. Now, you can have both thanks to a new resort: Finest Punta Cana.
Travel insurance comparison site InsureMyTrip ranked the best and worst U.S. cities for cleanliness, and Long Beach, California, is No. 1, rated the cleanest U.S. city. InsureMyTrip examined city- and state-level data on key categories, including hand sanitizer demand, restaurant cleanliness, quantity of recycling collectors, garbage disposal satisfaction, electric vehicle market share and pollution.
Meliá Hotels International announced the expansion of its ME by Meliá, Gran Meliá and Paradisus brands in 2021.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
Tropicana Las Vegas launched its first-ever Holiday in Paradise outside in Tropicana Plaza to help spread holiday cheer this year. Through Jan. 3, more than 25,000 lights will cover the corner of Tropicana and Las Vegas Boulevard, alongside a 20-foot Christmas tree and a tropical forest of 25 palm trees and Christmas trees. The free experience for all ages also includes a 10-foot-tall, live poinsettia photo wall, holiday music and a pop-up bar serving winter-themed cocktails, hot cocoa and more.
As more destinations around the globe reopen to travelers, we are ready to get back to one of our favorite activities. Join us over the next several weeks as we take you to places around the world saying #WelcomeBacktoTravel. Take a visual journey through Portugal with us.
Though air travel slowed as airports temporarily closed and borders shuttered to stifle the spread of coronavirus, the airline industry — led by oneworld alliance member airlines — enacted enhanced protective measures to reduce risk and protect passengers.
The first Six Senses in the Americas arrives early next year with the opening of Six Senses Botanique in Brazil. In the Mantiqueira area, 2.5 hours from São Paulo and 3.5 hours from Rio de Janeiro, Six Senses Botanique will sit amid 700 acres of lush, mid-tropical Atlantic forests.