In Thailand—chosen in Recommend’s Readers’ Choice Awards as the Sexiest Romance/Honeymoon Destination in Asia for the fifth consecutive year—a returning visitor invariably finds that despite the colossal strides the country has made to elbow its way into the 21st century and the recent natural disasters to strike there, the magic of the kingdom is alive and thriving.
Whenever China is mentioned, the first impression is consistently that of a great, vast, enigmatic land defined generally by its iconic treasures: The Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the hectic modern pace of Hong Kong, Shanghai’s Bund and other world-renowned wonders that have become its symbols.
Nobody can deny the appeal of Israel to the true traveler—thousands of years of history, a mecca of multi-culturalism, and a spiritual icon that embraces all three of the world’s greatest religions. So its consistent history of being named Best Selling Destination in the Middle East in our annual Readers’ Choice Awards isn’t much of a surprise.
What company started as a boutique safari operator in the Kenya bush, evolved into a full-fledged luxury touring brand with programs on seven continents, and has consistently—for the 12th year in a row—returned to its roots when declared Best Tour Operator, Africa in our Readers’ Choice Awards? Congratulations (hongera in Swahili) again go to Abercrombie & Kent.
Globus and, of course, the Globus family of brands, has to be one of the most consistent Readers’ Choice Awards winners in the 15-year history of Recommend’s awards program with 12 straight wins as the Best Tour Operator, Europe; five straight wins as Best Tour Operator, Asia; four straight years as Best Tour Operator for Travel Agent Support and for the first time this year, Best Travel Agent Support, International Destination.
With a fifth straight win as Best Tour Operator, Mexico and third consecutive win for Best Travel Agent Incentive Program, Apple Vacations continues to surpass expectations for agents and their clients with a bevy of vacation options that are both—no surprise here—affordable and fulfilling.
As our readers have acknowledged, Best Western International grabs the trophy this year for Best Resort/Hotel Chain for Value, but what they might not be aware of is the tremendous growth the company has enjoyed over the last several years, both here and around the world.