2019 Travvy Awards Honors the Best and Brightest in Travel Industry

2019 Travvy Awards Honors the Best and Brightest in Travel Industry

2019 Travvy Awards, Gotham Hall, New York City

TravAlliancemedia is kicking off the New Year honoring the travel industry’s best and brightest. The fifth annual Travvy Awards took place on January 23, 2019, at Gotham Hall in New York City.

Hosted by travAlliancemedia and sponsored by Allianz as well as ShoreTrips, Hotel Xcaret Mexico, La Coleccion and the Jamaica Tourism Board, receiving an award at the high-caliber ceremony is considered one of the top honors in the travel industry.

Nearly 280 awards were handed out at this year’s ceremony, honoring the top travel companies delivering the highest quality experiences in 139 categories that include destinations, hotels and resorts, cruise lines and tour operators.

“The Travvy’s are the Oscars of the travel industry,” travAlliancemedia President and CEO Mark Murphy said. “This year, a record number of votes were cast to honor the best of the best in travel. Travel agents—the people who actively book and provide insight to millions of travelers every year—are the ones who cast the votes, helping set the Travvy’s apart from every other award.”

What sets the Travvys apart from other industry awards is that the winners are selected by working travel agents who have direct knowledge about each and every category, company and organization nominated. This year, more than 130,000 votes were cast.

Murphy also noted that the Travvys are unique for another reason.

“The Travvys are also the only award that’s been featured on tv every year since inception, immediately making consumers aware of many of the winners,” he said.

RANGE a cappella was once again the featured entertainment after their performance brought down the house at last year’s awards.

From Best Destination to Best Cruise Line, Best Tour Operator and more, you can find a complete list of this year’s winners below:

BEST AIRLINE CONSOLIDATOR OVERALL

Centrav (Gold); Sky Bird Travel & Tours (Silver)

CAR RENTALS

Best Car Rentals – Overall: Enterprise Rent-A-Car (Gold); Auto Europe (Silver)

Best Car Rentals – Domestic: Enterprise Rent-A-Car (Gold); Avis (Silver)

Best Car Rentals – International: Auto Europe (Gold); Enterprise Rent-A-Car (Silver)

Best Car Rentals – Luxury/Exotic Fleet: Enterprise Rent-A-Car (Gold); Auto Europe (Silver)

Best Chauffeured Services – Overall: Carey International, Inc. (Gold); Empire Limousine (Silver)

Best Chauffeured Services – Domestic: Carey International, Inc. (Gold); Empire Limousine (Silver)

Best Chauffeured Services – International: Carey International, Inc. (Gold); Blacklane (Silver)

Best Car Rental Website: Enterprise Rent-A-Car (Gold); Auto Europe (Silver)

HOTELS

Best All-Inclusive – Overall: UNICO 20 87 Hotel Riviera Maya (Gold); The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun (Silver)

Best Hotel Chain – All-Inclusive: Hyatt Ziva & Hyatt Zilara (Gold); Karisma Hotels & Resorts (Silver)

Best All-Inclusive Adult/Couples Resort – Caribbean/Bahamas: Sandals Montego Bay (Gold); Sanctuary Cap Cana (Silver)

Best All-Inclusive Adult/Couples Resort – Mexico: Le Blanc Spa Resort, Cancun (Gold); Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancun (Silver)

Best Hotel Chain – Mid-Market: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts (Gold); Hilton Hotels (Silver)

Best Individual Hotel – Overall: Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui (Gold); Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort (Silver)

Best Spa & Wellness Hotel/Resort – Caribbean/Bahamas: Sanctuary Cap Cana (Gold); Moon Palace Jamaica (Silver)

Best Spa & Wellness Hotel/Resort – Europe: Villa Eden Hotel & Spa Merano, Italy (Gold); Hard Rock Hotel Davos (Silver)

Best Spa & Wellness Hotel/Resort – Mexico: Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos (Gold); Hyatt Zilara Cancun (Silver)

Best Spa & Wellness Resort – Domestic: Canyon Ranch Tucson (Gold); Nobu Hotel Miami Beach (Silver)

Best All-Inclusive Family Resort – Caribbean/Bahamas: Beaches Negril Resort & Spa (Gold); Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana (Silver)

Best All-Inclusive Family Resort – Mexico: Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa (Gold); Hotel Xcaret Mexico (Silver)

Best Family Hotel/Resort – Caribbean/Bahamas: Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana (Gold); Beaches Negril Resort & Spa (Silver)

Best Family Hotel/Resort – Central & South America: Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica (Gold); Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica (Silver)

Best Family Hotel/Resort – Europe: Barceló Castillo Beach Resort Fuerteventura, Spain (Gold); Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife, Spain (Silver)

Best Family Hotel/Resort – Mexico: Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa (Gold); Generations Riviera Maya by Karisma (Silver)

Best Family Hotel/Resort – U.S./Canada: Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach (Gold); The Diplomat Beach Resort (Silver)

Best All-Inclusive Luxury Resort – Caribbean/Bahamas: Sandals Royal Barbados (Gold); Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort and Spa (Silver)

Best All-Inclusive Luxury Resort – Mexico: Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya (Gold); UNICO 20 87 Hotel Riviera Maya (Silver)

Best All-Inclusive Resort – Spa & Wellness: El Dorado Maroma, by Karisma (Gold); UNICO 20 87 Hotel Riviera Maya (Silver)

Best Luxury Hotel/Resort – Caribbean/Bahamas: Sanctuary Cap Cana (Gold); Azul Beach Resort Negril (Silver)

Best Luxury Hotel/Resort – Central & South America: Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Gold); Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort (Silver)

Best Luxury Hotel/Resort – Mexico: UNICO 20 87 Hotel Riviera Maya (Gold); Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya (Silver)

Best Luxury Hotel/Resort – U.S./Canada: Four Seasons New York City (Gold); Nobu Hotel Miami Beach (Silver)

Best Boutique Hotel – Overall: Jade Mountain, St. Lucia (Gold); Blue Diamond Riviera Cancun (Silver)

Best Boutique Hotel – Mexico: Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya (Gold); Blue Diamond Riviera Cancun (Silver)

Best Hotel Chain – Boutique: Kimpton Hotels (Gold); TRYP by Wyndham (Silver)

DESTINATIONS

Best Destination – Overall: Australia (Gold); Barbados (Silver)

Best City Destination – U.S./Canada: New York City (Gold); Las Vegas (Silver)

Best Cruise Destination – Caribbean/Bahamas: Aruba (Gold); Cayman Islands (Silver)

Best Culinary Destination – Caribbean/Bahamas: Jamaica (Gold); Aruba (Silver)

Best Culinary Destination – Mexico: Cancun/Riviera Maya (Gold); Los Cabos (Silver)

Best European Destination: Greece (Gold); England (Silver)

Best Luxury Destination – Australia/New Zealand/South Pacific: The Islands of Tahiti (Gold); New Zealand (Silver)

Best Luxury Destination – Mexico: Cancun/Riviera Maya (Gold); Los Cabos (Silver)

Best Wine Destination – Europe: Italy (Gold); France (Silver)

CRUISE LINES

Best Cruise Line – Overall: Royal Caribbean International (Gold); Princess Cruises (Silver)

Best Cruise Line – Alaska: Princess Cruises (Gold); Holland America Line (Silver)

Best Cruise Line – Asia: Azamara Club Cruises (Gold); Princess Cruises (Silver)

Best Cruise Line – Australia/New Zealand/South Pacific: Paul Gauguin Cruises (Gold); Princess Cruises (Silver)

Best Cruise Line – Caribbean/Bahamas: Royal Caribbean International (Gold); Norwegian Cruise Line (Silver)

Best Cruise Line – Central & South America: Holland America Line (Gold); Princess Cruises (Silver)

Best Cruise Line – Europe: Viking Ocean Cruises (Gold); Azamara Club Cruises (Silver)

Best Cruise Line – Hawaii: Norwegian Cruise Line (Gold); Princess Cruises (Silver)

Best Cruise Line – U.S./Canada: Royal Caribbean International (Gold); Princess Cruises (Silver)

Best Cruise Line – Contemporary: Royal Caribbean International (Gold); Norwegian Cruise Line (Silver)

Best Cruise Line – Expedition/Adventure: Seabourn (Gold); Hurtigruten (Silver)

Best Cruise Line – Family: Royal Caribbean International (Gold); Carnival Cruise Line (Silver)

Best Cruise Line – Luxury: Crystal Cruises (Gold); Regent Seven Seas Cruises (Silver)

Best Cruise Line – Premium: Princess Cruises (Gold); Holland America Line (Silver)

Best Cruise Line Website: Royal Caribbean International (Gold); Princess Cruises (Silver)

Cruise Entertainment: Royal Caribbean International (Gold); Norwegian Cruise Line (Silver)

Special Needs: Holland America Line (Gold); Carnival Cruise Line (Silver)

Best River Cruise Line – Overall: AmaWaterways (Gold); Viking River Cruises (Silver)

Best River Cruise Line – Africa/Egypt: AmaWaterways (Gold); Viking River Cruises (Silver)

Best River Cruise Line – Asia: AmaWaterways (Gold); Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours (Silver)

Best River Cruise Line – Europe: AmaWaterways (Gold); Viking River Cruises (Silver)

Best River Cruise Line – U.S.: American Queen Steamboat Company (Gold); American Cruise Lines (Silver)

CRUISE SHIPS

Best Cruise Ship – Overall: Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas (Gold); Crystal Serenity (Silver)

Best Cruise Ship – Contemporary: Norwegian Bliss (Gold); Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas (Silver)

Best Cruise Ship – Large: Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas (Gold); Norwegian Bliss (Silver)

Best Cruise Ship – Luxury: Cunard Queen Mary 2 (Gold); Crystal Symphony (Silver)

Best Cruise Ship – Mid-Size: Holland America Line Nieuw Amsterdam (Gold); Viking Sun (Silver)

Best Cruise Ship – Premium: Holland America Line Nieuw Amsterdam (Gold); Seabourn Ovation (Silver)

Best Cruise Ship – River Cruise: Amawaterways- AmaLea (2018) (Gold); Viking Longship (Silver)

TOUR OPERATORS

Best Escorted Tour Operator – Overall: Trafalgar (Gold); Abercrombie & Kent (Silver)

Best Escorted Tour Operator – Adventure/Expedition: G Adventures (Gold); International Expeditions (Silver)

Best Escorted Tour Operator – Africa: Abercrombie & Kent (Gold); Micato Safaris (Silver)

Best Escorted Tour Operator – Asia: Trafalgar (Gold); Kensington Tours (Silver)

Best Escorted Tour Operator – Australia/New Zealand/South Pacific: Trafalgar (Gold); G Adventures (Silver)

Best Escorted Tour Operator – Europe: Globus (Gold); CIE Tours International (Silver)

Best Escorted Tour Operator – Family: Globus (Gold); Collette (Silver)

Best Escorted Tour Operator – Luxury: Abercrombie & Kent (Gold); Kensington Tours (Silver)

Best Escorted Tour Operator – Mexico, South & Central America: G Adventures (Gold); Trafalgar (Silver)

Best Escorted Tour Operator – U.S./Canada: Globus (Gold); Trafalgar (Silver)

Best Escorted Tour Operator – Premium: Trafalgar (Gold); Insight Vacations (Silver)

Best Shore Excursions: ShoreTrips (Gold); Shore Excursions Group (Silver)

Best Tour Guides: Trafalgar (Gold); Abercrombie & Kent (Silver)

Best Tour Reservation Team: Trafalgar (Gold); ShoreTrips (Silver)

Best Tour Operator Website: ShoreTrips (Gold); Shore Excursions Group (Silver)

VACATION PACKAGES

Best Vacation Packager – Overall: Funjet Vacations (Gold); Travel Impressions (Silver)

Best Vacation Packager – Africa: African Travel, Inc. (Gold); Travel Impressions (Silver)

Best Vacation Packager – Asia: Travel Impressions (Gold); Chinatour.com International (Silver)

Best Vacation Packager – Australia/New Zealand/South Pacific: Goway Travel (Gold); Travel Impressions (Silver)

Best Vacation Packager – Caribbean: Funjet Vacations (Gold); Apple Vacations (Silver)

Best Vacation Packager – Europe: Travel Impressions (Gold); Europe Express (Silver)

Best Vacation Packager – Family: Funjet Vacations (Gold); Delta Vacations (Silver)

Best Vacation Packager – Hawaii: Blue Sky Tours (Gold); Funjet Vacations (Silver)

Best Vacation Packager – Luxury: Villas of Distinction (Gold); Travel Impressions (Silver

Best Vacation Packager – Mexico: Funjet Vacations (Gold); Apple Vacations (Silver)

Best Vacation Packager – Premium: Delta Vacations (Gold); Travel Impressions (Silver)

Best Vacation Packager – U.S./Canada: Funjet Vacations (Gold); Travel Impressions (Silver)

LGBTQ

Best LGBTQ Destination – Domestic: San Francisco (Gold); Fort Lauderdale (Silver)

Best Cruise Line – LGBTQ: Royal Caribbean International (Gold); Holland America Line (Silver)

Best Escorted Tour Operator – LGBTQ: Brendan Vacations (Gold); OUT Adventures (Silver)

Best Vacation Packager – LGBTQ: Brendan Vacations (Gold); Olivia Travel (Silver)

WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS

Best Wedding Destination – Caribbean/Bahamas: Jamaica (Gold); Aruba (Silver)

Best Honeymoon Destination – Australia/New Zealand/South Pacific: The Islands of Tahiti (Gold); Fiji (Silver)

Best Honeymoon Destination – Caribbean/Bahamas: Jamaica (Gold); Barbados (Silver)

Best Honeymoon Destination – Mexico: Cancun/Riviera Maya (Gold); Riviera Nayarit (Silver)

Best Honeymoon Destination – U.S./Canada: Miami Beach (Gold); Vancouver, British Columbia (Silver)

Best All-Inclusive Resort – Destination Weddings: Sandals Grande Antigua (Gold); Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya (Silver)

Best All-Inclusive Resort – Honeymoons: Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun (Gold); Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall (Silver)

Best Destination Wedding Hotel/Resort – Europe: Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife (Gold); Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa (Silver)

Best Destination Wedding Hotel/Resort – Hawaii: Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui (Gold); Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach (Silver)

Best Destination Wedding Hotel/Resort – Mexico: Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun (Gold); Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos All Inclusive Resort & Spa (Silver)

Best Honeymoon Hotel/Resort – Europe: Hotel de Paris, Monte Carlo, Monaco (Gold); Hotel Botanico & The Oriental Spa Garden Tenerife, Spain (Silver)

Best Honeymoon Hotel/Resort – Hawaii: Grand Wailea – A Waldorf Astoria Resort (Gold); Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui (Silver)

Best Honeymoon Hotel/Resort – Mexico: El Dorado Maroma, by Karisma (Gold); Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos (Silver)

THEME PARK

Best Theme Park – Overall: Universal Orlando (Gold); Disneyland (Silver)

Best Water Park – International: Atlantis, Paradise Island (Gold); Experiencias Xcaret (Silver)

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Best Travel Insurance Provider – Overall: Allianz Global Assistance (Gold); AIG Travel (Silver)

TOURISM BOARDS

Best Tourism Board – Overall: Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (Gold); Tourism Australia (Silver)

Best Tourism Board – Africa: South African Tourism (Gold); Ministry of Tourism of Morocco (Silver)

Best Tourism Board – Caribbean/Bahamas: Jamaica Tourist Board (Gold); Aruba Tourism Authority (Silver)

Best Tourism Board – Europe: Switzerland Tourism (Gold); Croatian National Tourist Board (Silver)

Best Tourism Board – U.S./Canada: Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority (Gold); Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (Silver)

TRAVEL AGENCIES & TECHNOLOGY

Best Host Agency: Avoya Travel (Gold); Nexion Travel Group (Silver)

Best Retail Travel Agency: World Travel Holdings (Gold); International Voyager (Silver)

Best Travel Agency Consortium Cooperative or Franchise Group: CruiseOne/Dream Vacations (Gold); Cruise Planners (Silver)

Best Travel Agent Reservations System: VAX VacationAccess (Gold); Expedia Travel Agent Affiliate Program (Silver)

Best Travel Planning Technology: Cruises Inc., CruiseOne and Dream Vacations (Gold); VAX VacationAccess (Silver)

Best Travel Technology Provider: Cruises Inc., CruiseOne and Dream Vacations (Gold); VAX VacationAccess (Silver)

RAIL TRAVEL

Best Rail Travel Company: Rail Europe (Gold); Amtrak Vacations (Silver)

Best Rail Experience Worldwide: Rocky Mountaineer (Gold); Amtrak Vacations (Silver)

Best Rail Experience North America: Rocky Mountaineer (Gold); Amtrak Vacations (Silver)

BEST VILLA RENTAL COMPANY OVERALL

Villas of Distinction (Gold); Hosted Villas (Silver)

To congratulate the winners and find out additional details about the event along with real-time photos, follow TravelPulse on social media and use the hashtag #Travvys2019.

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