Conde Nast Traveler Releases Results of 1999 Readers' Choice Awards Largest Private Poll of Consumer Attitudes in the U.S.



    NEW YORK, Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The November issue of Conde Nast Traveler
 includes the results of the 1999 Readers' Choice Awards, the most prestigious
 distinction in the travel industry.  For the twelfth year, the magazine
 tabulated surveys from over 25,000 readers -- making it the largest private
 poll of consumer attitudes in the U.S.
     Conde Nast Traveler readers rated destinations and properties all over the
 world in the following categories: foreign and domestic cities, tropical and
 temperate islands, monuments, large and small hotels, resorts, large-ship and
 small-ship cruise lines, international and domestic airlines, spas, resorts,
 rental car agencies, and airports.
 
     Following are select results in each category:
 
     Top Foreign Cities: #1 Sydney; #2 (tie) Paris; Rome; #4 Florence;
 #5 Melbourne; #6 Venice; #7 Vancouver; #8 London; #9 San Miguel de Allende,
 Mexico; #10 Queenstown, N.Z.
 
     Top U.S. Cities: #1 San Francisco; #2 New Orleans; #3 Charleston, S.C.;
 #4 (tie) New York; Santa Fe; #6 Aspen; #7 Boston; #8 Chicago;
 #9 (tie) Savannah; Seattle
 
     Top Tropical Islands: #1 Maui; #2 Kaui; #3 Bali; #4 Bermuda; #5 Lanai;
 #6 Big Island; #7 Phuket; #8 Moorea; #9 Fiji; #10 Bora Bora
 
     Top Temperate Islands: #1 Tasmania; #2 Mount Desert Island, Maine;
 #3 Vancouver Island; #4 Mackinac Island, Michigan; #5 Madeira; #6 Santorini,
 Greece; #7 Nantucket; #8 Mykonos; #9 Cape Breton, N.S.; #10 Capri
 
     Top Airlines, Domestic Routes: #1 Midwest Express; #2 Alaska Airlines;
 #3 Horizon; #4 Continental; #5 Hawaiian; #6 (tie) TWA; United; #8 (tie) Delta;
 Frontier; #10 American
 
     Top Airlines, International Routes: #1 Singapore Airlines; #2 Virgin
 Atlantic; #3 Cathay Pacific; #4 Swissair; #5 Japan Airlines; #6 Air New
 Zealand; #7 South African Airways; #8 Qantas; #9 Thai Airways; #10 All Nippon
 Airways
 
     Top Airports: #1 Singapore/Changi; #2 Amsterdam/Schipol; #3 Pittsburgh;
 #4 Zurich; #5 Orlando; #6 Hong Kong/Chek Lap Kok; #7 Tampa; #8 Reykjavik;
 #9 Vancouver; #10 Sydney/Kingsford Smith
 
     Top Monuments: #1 Terra-cotta Army, China; #2 Ephesus, Turkey; #3 Machu
 Picchu, Peru; #4 Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C.; #5 Masada,
 Israel
 
     Top Cruise Lines, Large-Ship Lines: #1 Crystal Cruises; #2 Celebrity
 Cruises; #3 Holland America Line; #4 Renaissance Cruises (new "R" series
 ships); #5 Cunard (QE2, Royal Viking Sun and Vistafjord)
 
     Top Cruise Lines, Small-Ship Lines: #1 Silversea; #2 Seaborn; #3 Radisson
 Seven Seas; #4 Windstar Cruises; #5 Peter Deilmann EuropAmerica Cruises
 
     Top Car Rentals: #1 Hertz; #2 National; #3 (tie) Avis; Enterprise;
 Europcar
 
     Top Hotels (by region):
     North America, Ritz-Carlton, A Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago
     Europe, Hotel Ritz, Paris
     Caribbean/Latin America, Ritz-Carlton, San Juan, Puerto Rico
     Australia, Ritz-Carlton, Sydney
     Asia, Ritz-Carlton Millenia, Singapore
     Africa/Middle East, Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
 
     Top Small Hotels (less than 50 guest rooms, by region):
     North America, The Point, Upper Saranac Lake, N.Y.
     Europe, Gidleigh Park, Chagford, England
     Caribbean/Latin America, Las Mananitas, Cuernavaca, Mexico
     Asia/Pacific, Amankila, Bali
 
     Top Spas: #1 Miraval, Life in Balance, Catalina, Arizona; #2 Canyon Ranch
 in the Berkshires, Lenox, Massachusetts
 
     Top Spa Resorts: #1 Grand Wailea Resort, Hotel & Spa, Maui; #2 Peaks at
 Telluride, Colorado
 
     Top Resorts (by region):
     North America, Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach, Florida
     Europe, Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Cap d'Antibes, France
     Caribbean/Atlantic, Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
     Latin America, Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Los Cabos, Mexico
     Pacific Rim, Hayman Island Resort, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
     Asia, Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay, Bali
     Africa, Mala Mala Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
 
     The November issue of Conde Nast Traveler is on sale at newsstands on
 November 9th.  Conde Nast Traveler stands for "Truth In Travel."  Unlike many
 other travel publications, Conde Nast Traveler does not accept free travel and
 accommodations, and its correspondents, as far as possible, travel
 anonymously.  The result is travel the way consumers experience it -- good and
 bad, with reporting that is fair and honest.  Conde Nast Traveler has a
 circulation of over 766,000 and is published by The Conde Nast Publications
 Inc.
 
 

SOURCE Conde Nast Traveler

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