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Global Traveler magazine releases 2012 list of best hotel, tourist destination and other travel award winners
Guess which name is hiding behind the wing.

Who do you trust more for your destination and hotel recommendations -- picky travel industry editors or picky fellow travelers?

Global Traveler, a U.S.-based magazine for international business travelers, has announced this year’s winners of its annual reader survey in 70 travel-related categories.

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 

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Frances Cha is a Digital Producer at CNN Travel. 


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