Since its conception in 1993, the World Travel Awards brand has entrenched itself as the most prestigious award in the area of travel excellence. The brand holds regional ceremonies from where regional winners are feted. Those who win at the regional level compete against each other to determine the worldwide travel awards winners in their respective categories. The categories are very broad, ranging from best airline to best private island resorts. For purposes of this article, we take a closer look at the brands that won the North American World Travel Awards in the categories of the leading airline, leading tourist attraction, best beach destination, leading hotel, leading green hotel and to spice things up, the most romantic resort. Keep reading to know more!
Best Airline in North America
Breaking a monopolistic trend where the United States based airlines won every North American Best Airline Award since its conception, Air Canada accomplished an incredible feat this year. Dethroning Delta Air Lines which reigned as the defending champion in this category, each year since 2015, Air Canada truly did its work this year. To understand how difficult this category is, consider the fact that American Airlines has won the award each year since the World Travel Award’s conception in 1994, until 2015. That makes for 21 consecutive wins! Connecting people directly to 200 destinations in sixth continents it is easy to see why the airline won the award.
North America’s Leading Beach destination
The United States bagged this award this year with Miami Beach, Florida. This should come as no surprise since Florida is known not only for its amazing beaches but also its incredible tourist attraction sites as well. Incorporated in 1915, this beach municipality now features a dizzying number of beach resorts and spas. Awards or not, any tourist that has been to Miami knows that it is truly a place to remember!
No.1 Hotel in North America
The Empire state clinched the award this year with The Conrad, New York. This is not the first time that this relatively new hotel has won the award, having won it in previously in 2013. Located in Battery Park City, Manhattan, this hotel brings a fresh, new contemporary vibe to the area. Featuring 463 guest suites, with the most modern and up to date amenities, this hotel is a wonder to behold. One can also expect to view some unforgettable views of the Statue of Liberty as well as the New York harbor. This year, the hotel beat other incredible hotels including Four Season Chicago, Hilton Bentley Miami, JW Marriot Essex House New York, Mandarin Oriental in Miami, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, The Beverly Hills Hotel in California and the Lowell in New York.
Leading Green Hotel
As we fight to keep the world the wondrous planet we enjoy touring, it is encouraging that the World Travel Awards has this category. This year the Fairmont Royal York in Canada clinched the award for the fourth time. Environmental activism and sustainable hotel management are at the heart of the hotel’s ethos. The Fairmont advocates for increased awareness on how hotels impact the environment with their practices, and how these practices can be changed to cause a positive impact on the environment. It has been an active responsible tourism ambassador for more than two decades now!
Most Romantic Resort
For those still looking for a honeymoon destination, or seeking to rekindle their love, the World Travel Awards just revealed the winner in the category of the most romantic resort. For the second consecutive time, Amangiri in Utah, United States has won the award for the most romantic resort. This secluded 600-acre resort located in Canyon Point in southern Utah can best be described using the word peaceful. The resort is designed to blend with its surrounding, creating an illusion of openness and oneness with nature. It is the perfect destination to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and give your significant other the time and uninterrupted attention they deserve.
Leading Tourist Attraction
Having won the award every year since 2012, the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, added another accolade to its already impressive collection, this year. It is hard to encapsulate all the feelings that touring this establishment brings. Nevertheless, for a start, the Park feels enchanted, and otherworldly, a sentiment that can be shared by many who have been to Disney World. It comes as no surprise that Magic Kingdom Park is the leading tourist attraction this year!