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Who do you trust more for your destination and hotel recommendations -- picky travel industry editors or picky fellow travelers?
More than 28,000 frequent business and luxury travelers responded to this year’s survey.
It's a selective, high-earning crowd: Global Traveler estimates its readers’ average household income to be US$368,900 a year. The magazine says its readers average 16 international and 16 domestic round-trip flights a year. Seventy-six percent usually travel in business class.
The awards range from the expected (Best Airport in the World: Incheon; Best Airport Lounges: Emirates) to the debatable (Best Airline for Flight Attendant Uniforms: Etihad) to the downright odd (Best Airport Gate Agents: Qatar Airways; Best Hotel Club Floor: The Ritz-Carlton Club Level).
The winners’ reception is planned for December 12 at The Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel, which readers named the Best Hotel in the United States.
Below is a small sampling of this year's winners.
Global Traveler magazine 2012 Annual Reader Survey Awards
Best Airline in the World: Singapore Airlines
Best Airline for International First Class: Emirates
Best Airline for Business Class: British Airways
Best Airline for Flight Attendants: Asiana Airlines
Best Airline for Flight Attendant Uniforms: Etihad Airways
Best Airline Cuisine: Alitalia
Best Airport in the World: Incheon Airport (Seoul)
Best Hotel in the World: The Address Downtown Dubai
Best Tourism Destination: Ireland
Best Golf Resort: Bandon Dunes, Bandon, Ore. (United States)
Best Frequent-Flyer Program: United MileagePlus
Best Airport Hotel: Hyatt Regency Incheon
Best Noise-Canceling Headset: Sony Noise-Canceling Headset
For the complete list, click here.
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