Conde Nast Traveler Reveals Its 2009 Travel Winners

by Alister POOLE on October 19, 2009

The luxury travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler revealed the results of its 2009 edition of the Readers’ Choice Awards, which gives a ranking for its readers favorite cities, islands, airlines, hotels, cruise lines, resorts, plus car rental agencies around the world.

The results are presented in Conde Nast’s November issue, which hits the shelves on October 20, and are an assessment carried out via the Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice survey. For the 2009 poll, 25,008 readers and travel enthusiasts ranked a selection of more than 10,000 destinations and properties.

Klara Glowczewska, editor in chief of Conde Nast Traveler, said that regardless of tough economic times, the magazine’s faithful are undaunted and are still willing to venture around the globe. They demonstrate a thirst for new experiences and nurture an undying passion for adventure. Ms Glowczewska added that clearly, Conde Nast readers are as thrilled to taste to the diversity of the world as ever.

The 2009 Readers Choice Awards rankings reveal some surprises this year. The friendliest cities in the US are Charleston, Savannah, and Honolulu, and the least friendly is New York City. Ubud, Bali, has been voted as the friendliest destination in world. Santa Fe, in New Mexico, outdid the Big Apple for best American city to visit with a third place ranking. Not much of a surprise, San Francisco, for the 17th year in a row, got first place while New York City got bumped to fourth. Ubud also outdid Bangkok as the Best city in Asia.

For the award of the Best Domestic Airline, Virgin America was again this year voted number one this year. JetBlue Airways got the second spot. Singapore Airlines was ranked number one Best International Route Airline, the 21st time of the past 22 years. Best Cruise Line went to Celebrity.

Here’s a list of some top three results:

Top Cities United States

1. San Francisco
2. Charleston, SC
3. Santa Fe

Top Cities Europe

1. Florence
2. Rome
3. Venice

Top Cities Asia

1. Ubud, Bali
2. Bangkok
3. Hong Kong

Top Cities Africa/Middle East

1. Cape Town
2. Jerusalem
3. Beirut

Top Cities The Americas (excluding the US)

1. Vancouver
2. Buenos Aires
3. Quebec City

Top Cities Australia/Pacific

1. Sydney
2. Melbourne
3. Queenstown

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