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