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					FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 12, 2008

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Arnie Weissmann, VP, Editor in Chief Phone: 201-902-1954 E-mail:

TRAVEL WEEKLY HONORS BEST OF THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY NEW YORK – Travel Weekly, the national newspaper of the travel industry, honored the winners of its sixth annual Readers Choice Awards at a black-tie gala dinner and ceremony on Dec. 11 at The Waldorf=Astoria in New York. The award winners, one for each of the 56 categories, represented the “best of the best of the travel industry.” The nominees and award recipients were chosen in several rounds of voting by Travel Weekly’s readers, a group comprised of expert travel professionals. These distinctive and widely recognized awards are presented annually to the industry’s suppliers who led the way in product and service during the past year. The open ballot phase of the voting was conducted during the summer. Readers were invited to write in the names of any company they believed best exemplified that particular category. The leading vote recipients were identified as finalists, and voting on finalists took place through early November 2008. “These awards identify the industry’s finest,” said Arnie Weissmann, Vice President and Editor in Chief. “The professionals who read and rely on Travel Weekly have the expertise to select those businesses, destinations and hotels that provide a higher level of service to their clients. Our readers can be confident that these winners represent the best this industry has to offer.” Travel Weekly also honored three of its Lifetime Achievement Award winners. This award pays tribute to individuals whose efforts have led to extraordinary results within an organization and who have also made significant contributions to the industry as a whole. The legacy of the recipients of the Travel Weekly Lifetime Achievement Awards collectively defines the environment that the travel industry operates in today. This year’s winners are the following:    Gordon Bethune, Managing Director, GB-1 Partners Ron Letterman, Vice Chairman, Classic Vacations Jesse Upchurch, Chairman, Virtuoso, Ltd.

Following is a list of this year’s Readers Choice winners: Airline
  Domestic – American Airlines International – Virgin Atlantic

Car Rental  Domestic - Hertz  International - Hertz Hotel                 Chain, Domestic – Marriott International Chain: Asia – InterContinental Hotels Group Chain: Caribbean – Sandals Resorts Chain: Europe – InterContinental Hotels Group Chain: Mexico – Palace Resorts Chain: South Pacific – Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Chain: All-Inclusive – Sandals Resorts Chain: Luxury – Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Chain: Upscale – Westin Hotels & Resorts Chain: Mid-Level – Hampton Inn Chain: Boutique – Karisma Hotels & Resorts Chain: Limited Service – Courtyard by Marriott Chain: Sales & Service – Marriott International Best Casino Hotel – Bellagio Las Vegas Best Spa Hotel or Resort – Canyon Ranch Top Resort Worldwide – St. Regis Bora Bora

Tour Operator  Domestic – Travel Impressions  International – Trafalgar Tours  Africa – Abercrombie & Kent  Asia/Pacific – Globus  Canada – Tauck World Discovery  Caribbean – Apple Vacations  Europe – Globus  Hawaii – Pleasant Holidays  Mexico – Apple Vacations  Luxury – Abercrombie & Kent  Sales & Service – Travel Impressions Cruise Line  Domestic – Carnival Cruise Lines  Alaska – Princess Cruises  Caribbean – Royal Caribbean International  Europe – Holland America Line

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Luxury – Regent Seven Seas Cruises Premium – Celebrity Cruises Riverboats – Viking River Cruises Sales & Service – Royal Caribbean International Overall – Royal Caribbean International

Cruise Ship  Rookie of the Year (Must have had its first scheduled sailing from July 2007, through July 2008) – Eurodam, Holland America Line  Premium – Azamara Journey, Azamara Cruises  Luxury – Queen Mary 2, Cunard Line  Overall Individual – Freedom of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International Destination  Asia/Pacific Country – Australia  Asia/Pacific City – Hong Kong  Canada – Vancouver  Caribbean – Dominican Republic  Central/South America – Costa Rica  European Country – Italy  European City – Barcelona  Hawaii – Maui  Mexico – Riviera Maya  U.S. State – Hawaii  U.S. City – Las Vegas Theme Park  Walt Disney World

### Based in Secaucus, N.J., Travel Weekly is the nation’s leading business-to-business information source for the travel industry, reaching some 180,000 readers in the industry each week. It is part of Northstar Travel Media, a worldwide provider of information, news and data for the travel and hospitality industry. In addition to Travel Weekly, Northstar’s portfolio of directories, periodicals and destination information services includes Hotel and Travel Index Worldwide, BTP24, Official Meeting Facilities Guide, Intelliguide Corporate, STAR Service Online, Weissmann Reports, TravelAge West, Meetings and Conventions, T&E and Travel Professional.