On its 10th Anniversary in the South Asian region, Travel + Leisure India & South Asia announced the results of its fifth edition of the India’s Best Awards today. The digital polling was conducted through their website over a period of five months since August this year, which culminated in the announcement and Awards Ceremony in New Delhi.
The chief guest for the evening was Dr. Martin Ney, the German Ambassador to India, delivered a keynote speech and presented awards to the winners. Mr. Lorenzo Angeloni, the Italian Ambassador to India, also graced the occasion.
With 49 awards across different categories that picked winners based on thousands of Travel + Leisure India & South Asia’s discerning readers who have voted robustly and which made the competition very close in most categories.
Additionally, the last two awards for the evening were decided by the travel community Tripoto, for the best blogger and amateur photographer.
“This year, as we celebrate our 10th anniversary in India, we went 100% digital in the voting process. And we heard a resounding response. Over 5 months, the team watched the backend and saw votes racking up in real time on mobile, tablet and our website travelandleisureindia.in. Each winner this year reflects a changing business and cultural climate, the fact that readers are travelling deeper, and that they are seeking new and varied experiences,” remarked Ruchira Bose, Editor, Travel + Leisure India & South Asia.
A complete list of winners follows:
India’s Best Awards List 2016
Best Country – Singapore & Australia
Best City – Hong Kong
Best Emerging Destination – Bulgaria & Germany
Best Heritage Destination – Israel & Mexico
Best Honeymoon Destination – France & South Africa
Best Wedding Destination – Thailand & Abu Dhabi
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Best Food Destination – Spain & Japan
Best Family Destination – Switzerland
Best Luxury Destination – Italy & Ireland
Best Adventure Destination – Canada
Best State – Telangana & Madhya Pradesh
Best Emerging Destination – Andhra Pradesh & Tamil Nadu
Best Heritage Destination – Bihar & Odisha
Best Cultural Destination – West Bengal & Karnataka
Best Honeymoon Destination – Kerala
Best Wedding Destination – Goa & Puducherry
Best Family Destination – Gujrat & Maharashtra
Best Spiritual Destination – Uttarakhand
Best New Hotel – InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram
Best Heritage Hotel – The Imperial, New Delhi & The Taj Falaknuma
Best Boutique Hotel – Namah, Jim Corbett
Best Hotel For Women Travellers – Leela Palace, New Delhi & Ritz Carlton-Bangalore
Best Business Hotel – Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel, New Delhi & The Park, New Delhi
Best Luxury Business Hotel – Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway
Best Luxury Resort – The Oberoi Udaivilas Udipur
Best Destination Spa – Kumarakom Lake Resort
Best Hotel Group – The Oberoi Group & The Taj Group
Best New Hotel – Andaz Amsterdam & Palazzo Versace, Dubai
Best Business Hotel – JW Marriott Marquis Dubai & Park Hyatt Tokyo
Best Heritage Hotel – The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
Best Luxury Resort – One & Only Reethi Rah Maldives
Best Hotel Group – Starwood Hotels & Resorts (Marriott International)
Best Destination Spa – Anantara Qasr Al Sarab, Abu Dhabi
Best Hotel Loyalty Programme– SPG – Starwood Preferred Guest
Best Golf Resort– The Address Montgomerie Dubai
Best Luxury Safari Resort– Gondwana Game Reserve, South Africa
Best Airport-International– Changi Airport, Singapore
Best Airline– International- Lufthansa and Emirates
Best Airport-India– Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal 3
Best Airline-Domestic– Vistara
Best Airport Lounge– Virgin Atlantic London Heathrow Clubhouse
Best Duty Free Shopping– Mumbai Duty Free
Best Amusement Park– Universal Studios, Singapore
Best Integrated Resort– Resort World Sentosa, Singapore
Best Tour Operator– Abercrombie & Kent India, Cox & Kings India
Best Cruise– Regent Seven Seas
Jidhu and Trisha Singh were awarded Best Amateur Travel Photographer and Best Travel Blogger respectively.
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