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Readers of Nat Geo Traveller UK named New York their favourite long-haul destination. — AFP picReaders of Nat Geo Traveller UK named New York their favourite long-haul destination. — AFP pic

LONDON, Dec 1 — Destinations like Barcelona, New York and British Airways emerged some of the big winners of National Geographic Traveller magazine’s annual reader awards.

In the British edition of the Nat Geo Traveller Reader Awards, which were held in London this week, nearly 8,000 readers cast their votes on their favorite short-haul and long-haul journeys — countries, airlines, hotels, and attractions around the world.

This year, readers were particularly smitten by Barcelona which was named the best short-haul city, while their long-standing love affair with New York continues, taking the title of best long-haul city.

Britons also expressed loyalty to their country’s flagship carrier, as British Airways took the award for best short-haul and long-haul airline.

When it comes to rail journey, readers identified Canadian outfit Rocky Mountaineer as their favorite.

The luxury train ride takes guests across Canada’s fabled Rocky Mountains and through a few of the country’s crown jewels like Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise.

Domed windows provide unobstructed views of the dramatic mountain scenery and increase the odds of spotting wild bears along the journey.

Here are some of the big winners of this year’s Nat Geo Traveller Reader Awards:

Short-haul country: Italy

Long-haul country: USA

Short-haul city: Barcelona

Long-haul city: New York

Short and long-haul airline: British Airways

Overseas hotel group: Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Rail journey: Rocky Mountaineer, Canada

Cruise line: P&O Cruises

Overseas attraction: Grand Canyon

Travel blog: Budget Traveller

Travel book: The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson

Travel TV programme: Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough, BBC

Outstanding contribution to travel: Michael Palin

The winners will be featured in a spread in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK). — AFP-Relaxnews

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