Tour Operators45 winners recognised at TWA’s second Readers Choice Awards

Honouring the best in travel trade

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Bob Sullivan, president of the travel group, Northstar Travel Group, makes a toast to all the deserving winners at the Travel Weekly Asia Readers Choice Awards 2016.
Bob Sullivan, president of the travel group, Northstar Travel Group, makes a toast to all the deserving winners at the Travel Weekly Asia Readers Choice Awards 2016.
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45 winners, across 12 categories, were recognised.

Attended by close to 100 travel trade professionals and influencers, the awards ceremony saw winners across 12 categories, namely Airline, Hotel, Resort, Serviced Residence, Airport, Car Rental, Cruise, Travel Agency, GDS, Travel Insurance, Attraction and Destination.

Travel Weekly Asia announced the 45 winners of its 2016 Readers Choice Awards at an awards ceremony held at the two Michelin-starred restaurant Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro at Mandarin Orchard, Singapore yesterday (Oct 17).

Attended by close to 100 travel trade professionals and influencers, the awards ceremony saw winners across 12 categories, namely Airline, Hotel, Resort, Serviced Residence, Airport, Car Rental, Cruise, Travel Agency, GDS, Travel Insurance, Attraction and Destination.

Now in its second year, the awards recognise “the very best in the industry”, according to Irene Chua, group publisher of Travel Weekly Asia, and are a reflection of the opinions of Travel Weekly Asia and Travel Weekly China readers of their “best choice of travel companies”. 

Said Robert Sullivan, president of the travel group, Northstar Travel Group, who flew in from New York for the awards, “APAC maintains its lead as the world’s largest travel market, with projected growth of 25% since 2014. The total market will top out at US$436.8 billion by 2017.” 

“In this growing market it is more important than ever for travel companies to improve their brand recognition. The Travel Weekly Asia Readers Choice Awards are the most authoritative ranking of travel suppliers in the APAC region.”

Here, the complete list of winners for Travel Weekly Asia Reader’s Choice Awards 2016:

AIRLINE
Best Airline – Global: Emirates Airline
Best Airline – Asia Pacific: Korean Air
Best Airline – Middle East: Qatar Airways
Best Airline – Business Class: Qatar Airways
Best Budget Airline – Asia Pacific: Jetstar Asia
Best Airline – Service Excellence: Singapore Airlines

HOTEL
Best International Hotel Chain: Marriott International
Best Regional Hotel Chain:  Meritus Hotels and Resorts
Best Luxury Hotel: The Mulia Bali
Best Boutique Hotel: Mira Moon
Best Mid-Range Hotel Chain: Best Western Hotels and Resorts
Best Airport Hotel: Crowne Plaza Changi Airport
Best Innovative Hotel: One Farrer Hotel & Spa
Best Hotel – Service Excellence: InterContinental Singapore

RESORT
Best Resort: Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort
Best Integrated Resort: Resorts World Sentosa

SERVICES RESIDENCE
Best Serviced Residence Group: The Ascott Limited
Best Serviced Residence Property: Oakwood Premier Coex Center

AIRPORT
Best Airport: Incheon International Airport

CAR RENTAL
Best Car Rental: Hertz

CRUISE
Best Cruise Line – International: Royal Caribbean International
Best Cruise Line – Asia: Star Cruises
Best Luxury Cruise Line: Crystal Cruises
Best Cruise Line – Entertainment: Costa Cruises
Best Cruise Line – Family: Royal Caribbean International
Best Cruise Line – F&B: Star Cruises
Best Cruise Port: Singapore Cruise Centre
Best Cruise Line – Service Excellence: Costa Cruises

TRAVEL AGENCY
Best Travel Agency – Inbound (Asia Pacific): JTB
Best Travel Agency – Inbound (Southeast Asia): Panorama Destination
Best Online Travel Agent – Consumer: Expedia
Best Online Travel Agent – Corporate: HRS – Global Hotel Solutions
Best Online Travel Wholesaler: Hotelbeds
Best Travel Management Company: Carlson Wagonlit Travel

GDS
Best Innovative Global Distribution System (GDS): Travelport
Best Global Distribution System (GDS): Sabre
Best Payment Gateway: CyberSource

TRAVEL INSURANCE
Best Travel Insurance Provider: AIG Asia Pacific Insurance Pte Ltd

ATTRACTION
Best Theme Park: Universal Studios Singapore
Best Attraction: Gardens by the Bay
Best Outlet Mall: McArthurGlen Designer Outlets

DESTINATION
Best Destination – Asia: Singapore
Best Destination – America: Hawaii
Best Destination – Europe: Spain
Best Asia Destination Marketing (National Tourism Organisation): Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia


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