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Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards 2021: Winners are grinners

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards 2021 results are in; providing a plethora of incredible travel experiences to be noted, ready for the #ArrivalRevival of international travel.

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2021 results are in; providing a plethora of incredible travel experiences to be noted, ready for the #ArrivalRevival of international travel.

More than 800,000 readers globally submitted responses rating their travel experiences and tens of thousands of comments as part of the 34th annual Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards survey.

A few winners include Changi Airport Singapore, which was voted the best airport award, Singapore Airlines, which was voted the best airline in the world, Tokyo, Japan which was voted the best big city in the world and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico which was voted the best small city in the world.

A couple of winners close to our hearts also include:

Viking takes home best ocean cruise line and river cruise line

Viking Cruises
The Viking Sky in Lofoten, Norway, on its way to the North Cape.

Viking for the first time has been voted both the Best Ocean Cruise Line and River Cruise Line by Condé Nast Traveler in the publication’s 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards.

Viking is the only cruise line with the top scores in two categories in the same year — a distinct honour awarded by Condé Nast Traveler readers. 

“Since we restarted operations in May of this year, tens of thousands of travellers have begun exploring the world in comfort once again. The guests on these Welcome Back voyages enjoyed the experience so much that they have provided some of the highest-ever ratings in post-trip surveys,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking.

Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel takes home best hotel in Maui

Kāʻanapali
Kāʻanapali Beach

Proud to be known as “Hawai‘i’s Most Hawaiian Hotel”, Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel conjures up visions of an idyllic tropical vacation. which infuses Hawaiian culture, tradition, and aloha in everything they do. 

This much-loved hotel has once again been honoured as a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards winner, with the Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel being voted #1 Hotel on Maui (#5 Top Hotel in Hawaiʻi, overall) and the Plantation Inn being voted #3 Hotel on Maui (#10 Top Hotel in Hawaiʻi, overall).

This is an incredible gift to be voted and placed among such a prestigious lineup of Hawaiʻi hotels!” said John D. White, Director of Sales & Marketing.

“In that same spirit, it is a great honour to once again be voted the #1 river cruise line and the #1 ocean cruise line in the world. Thank you to our guests and the readers of Condé Nast Traveler.”

An honourable mention also goes out to:

The Ghan, which was voted the third most popular train journey in the world

The Ghan
Pete Eggelstone and The Ghan

The Ghan, operated by Journey Beyond, was recognised as the third most popular train journey in the world.

“We’re a business built on creating lasting memories for our guests and we pride ourselves on giving them an experience they’ve never had before — we operate in some of Australia’s most remote, untouched, and awe-inspiring locations,” said Pete Egglestone, Chief Commercial Officer for Journey Beyond Group.

“Having The Ghan recognised by Conde Nast Traveler readers as one of the world’s best rail journeys is a true honour for us,” Mr Egglestone continued.

“Not only due to the esteem of this award, but because the people who voted for it felt moved to do so. It is certainly one of our most iconic and beloved brands, enriched by its Australian heritage and history.”

Congratulations to all who were recognised in these revered awards.

The winners will be featured in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler US and UK print editions; the full results of the awards can be found here.