Luxury Travel Advisor Honors Awards of Excellence Winners at 2019 ULTRA Summit

Chris Austin Awards of Excellence
From left to right: Ruthanne Terrero, vice president - content / editorial director, Luxury Travel Advisor; Chris Austin, winner of Top Luxury Sales Executive Worldwide, Seabourn; and Matt Turner, associate editor, Luxury Travel Advisor

Questex Travel Group’s Luxury Travel Advisor magazine announced the winners of its prestigious Awards of Excellence last evening, recognizing companies considered to be the top luxury suppliers in the travel industry. The recipients were honored at an elegant reception held at the magnificent Omni Championsgate Hotel, which took place after the conclusion of day one of Luxury Travel Advisor’s ULTRA Summit. 

Winners were determined exclusively by travel advisor readers of Luxury Travel Advisor Magazine, who voted for nominees selected by an invitation-only advisory board made up of influential travel advisors. Nominees represent hotels, resorts, individuals, cruise lines and professional services that excel at delivering memorable experiences, a hallmark of the luxury travel industry.

Presented by Luxury Travel Advisor magazine, ULTRA Summit brings the world’s most elite travel advisors and suppliers together for an exclusive discussion about the latest research and trends in ultra-luxury travel.

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This year’s Awards of Excellence winners are:

  • Airlines: Best First Class Service - Emirates
  • Best FIT Operator - Abercrombie & Kent
  • Best Luxury Escorted Tour Operator - Tauck
  • Best Local Destination Management Company - Made for Spain & Portugal
  • Best Chauffeured Services Worldwide - Carey
  • Best Luxury Car Rental Company - Auto Europe
  • Top North American Hotel Opening 2018 - The Westin Hapuna Beach (Hawaii)
  • Top Asia Hotel Opening 2018 - Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur
  • Top Middle East Hotel Opening 2018 - Bulgari Resort Dubai

  • Top European Hotel Opening 2018 - Canaves Oia Epitome, Santorini
  • Top African/Indian Ocean Hotel Opening 2018 - Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island
  • Top Caribbean Hotel Opening 2018 - Rosewood Baha Mar
  • Top Mexico/Central America Opening 2018 - Montage Los Cabos
  • Best Boutique Hotel in London - The Goring
  • Best Boutique Hotel in New York - The Greenwich Hotel
  • Top Luxury Boutique Hotel in Europe - Esprit St. German (Paris)
  • Top Luxury Hotel in Florida- The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
  • Top Luxury Hotel in California - The Peninsula Beverly Hills
  • Top Luxury Hotel in Paris - Four Seasons Hotel George V
  • Top Luxury Hotel in Rome - The St. Regis Rome
  • Top Luxury Honeymoon Hotel Worldwide - Il San Pietro di Positano, Italy
  • Top Renovation for 2018 - Hotel Lutetia, Paris
  • Best Cruise Line for Luxury Ocean Cruises - Viking Ocean Cruises
  • Best Cruise Line for Luxury Small Ships - Seabourn Cruise Line
  • Best Luxury River Cruise Company - Viking River Cruises
  • Most Anticipated New Hotel Opening for 2019 - Belmond Cadogan Hotel (London)
  • Top Luxury Hotel Worldwide - The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice
  • Top Luxury Sales Executive Worldwide - Chris Austin, Seabourn

  • Top General Manager Worldwide - Markos Chaidemenos, Canaves Oia Suites, Greece

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