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Which Destinations Will Take Home the Most 2016 Travvys?

Travel Agent | Tim Wood | December 10, 2015

Which Destinations Will Take Home the Most 2016 Travvys?

PHOTO: The Islands of Tahiti is among the top finalists among destinations vying for 2016 Travvy Awards. (via Thinkstock)

Which destinations did right by travel professionals in 2015? Which destination marketers hit home runs last year? We’re less than a month away from seeing who shined bright enough to take home a 2016 Travvy Award.

The show that has quickly become one of the biggest nights of the year for travel industry professional will be held Wednesday, Jan. 6 at New York City’s Gotham Hall, two days before the annual New York Times Travel Show.

In a change from last year’s event, award winners will be announced for the first time live at the Travvys. Travel industry professionals have quickly gravitated toward the uniqueness of the awards where travel agents and insiders vote on the winners.

More than 39,000 agents and travel professionals voted for this year’s winners, a 20 percent increase in voters from the inaugural event in 2015. Due to popular demand from last year’s attendees, Travvy officials have expanded the list of categories significantly for this year’s awards.

The gala will precede the New York Times Travel Show, so if you’re in town for the show you won’t want to miss one of the biggest nights in travel.  Come network at our cocktail reception, get your picture taken on the red carpet, enjoy a lavish dinner and celebrate with the industry’s winners.

If you didn’t attend last year’s gala, see what you missed here.  And get ready, as travAlliancemedia CEO Mark Murphy says the show promises to once again be the watercooler buzz of the industry.

Make sure you grab your seat or table now — the event is sure to sell out with only limited seating still available. Pricing for the remaining tickets have increased to $450 per seat and $4,000 per table, so make sure you act now to get your favorite travel professional a holiday gift that will let them network with the industry’s elite stars.

If you’re interested in more information on the gala, contact travAlliancemedia Marketing Director Courtney Love at or 856-505-1409.

Tahiti is one of the biggest nomination getters, garnering seven top-3 finishes in the voting.

Here’s the full list of destination finalists for the 2016 Travvys, with the top 3 finalists in each category listed in no particular order:

Best Business Travel Destination, Domestic: Greater Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, France

Best City Destination, Asia: Hong Kong, Thailand, Tourism Malaysia

Best City Destination, South America: Chile Tourism, Santuario de las Lajas, Salar de Uyuni

Best Cruise Destination, Caribbean: Jamaica, St. Maarten, Martinique Promotions Bureau

Best Cruise Destination, South Pacific: Bora Bora, Fiji, The Islands of Tahiti

Best Cruise Destination, U.S. and Canada: Alaska, Hawaii, Greater Fort Lauderdale

Best Culinary Destination, Asia: Tourism Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan

Best Culinary Destination, Caribbean: U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Martinique Promotions Bureau

Best Culinary Destination, South Pacific: Bora Bora, The Islands of Tahiti, Fiji

Best Cultural Destination, South Pacific: Samoa, Tonga, The Islands of Tahiti

Best LGBT Destination, Domestic: Palm Springs, Las Vegas, Greater Fort Lauderdale

Best Honeymoon Destination, Overall: The Islands of Tahiti, Fiji, Turkish Culture and Tourism Offices

Best Honeymoon Destination, South Pacific: Bora Bora, Fiji, The Islands of Tahiti

Best Tourism Board, Africa: South African Tourism, Tanzania Tourism Board, Namibia Tourism Board

Best Tourism Board, Overall: Aruba, South Africa Tourism, Switzerland

Best Tourism Board, South Pacific: The Islands of Tahiti, Bora Bora, Fiji

Best Tourism Board, The Americas: Martinique Promotions Bureau, Orlando, St. Augustine

Best Tourism Board, U.S.: LVCVA, I Love New York, Miami Beach Vistors and Convention Bureau

Best Wedding Destination, South Pacific: Morea, Fiji, The Islands of Tahiti

Best Wedding Destination,  U.S. and Canada: Miami Beach Visitors and Convention Bureau, Hawaii, Las Vegas

Best Wine Destination, Europe: Austrian Tourist Office, Tuscany. Bordeaux

Best Wine Destination, South America: Chile Tourism, Peru

Best Wine Destination, U.S. and Canada: I Love New York, Napa, Sonoma


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