2013 GlobeRunner Award Winners Announced at Event in New York City
Jonathan Spira, Frequent Business Traveler’s editorial director, announced the winners of the 2013 GlobeRunner Awards in New York City on Wednesday. The awards honor the world’s top hotels, airlines, car rental agencies, travel websites and more. The awards ceremony, held at The Penn Club in midtown Manhattan, was attended by top airline and hotel executives as well as winners of our Master Frequent Business Traveler essay contest.
The Hilton chain swept the board, voted by readers as the Best Hotel Chain in the Americas, Asia/Pacific (APAC) and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). In addition, readers said that Hilton had the Best Hotel Dining Program as well as the Best Hotel Loyalty Program.
American Airlines received top recognition as the Best Airline in the Americas. Transaero won the award for Best Airline in Europe/Middle East/Africa and Singapore Airlines won for Best Airline in the Asia/Pacific region. Lufthansa was presented with two awards – Best First Class Lounge as well as Best Frequent Flyer Program. Emirates Airways received recognition for Best Airline Food and Wine.
Honors for Best Airport in the Americas went to John F. Kennedy International Airport. BMW was named the Best Automobile Manufacturer and Hertz the Best Car Rental Chain.
Results were determined by online voting, which took place between January 9 and March 15. During the two-month period, readers cast over 110,000 votes for their favorite travel companies.
The complete list of GlobeRunner award winners is:
— Best Airline in Asia/Pacific: Singapore Airlines
— Best Airline in Europe/Middle East/Africa: Transaero Airlines
— Best Airline in the Americas: American Airlines
— Best First Class Lounges: Lufthansa
— Best Business Class Lounges: Swiss International Air Lines
— Best Airport in Asia/Pacific: Singapore Changi Airport
— Best Airport in Europe/Middle East/Africa: Dubai International Airport
— Best Airport in the Americas: John F. Kennedy International Airport
— Best Airline Alliance: Star Alliance
— Best Frequent Flyer Program: Lufthansa Miles & More
— Best Airline Food and Wine: Emirates Airline
— Best Hotel Chain in Asia/Pacific: Hilton Hotels & Resorts
— Best Hotel Chain in Europe/Middle East/Africa: Hilton Hotels & Resorts
— Best Hotel Chain in The Americas: Hilton Hotels & Resorts
— Best Hotel Chain/Group Loyalty Program: Hilton HHonors
— Best Hotel Chain Dining/Restaurant: Hilton Hotels & Resorts
— Best Credit/Charge Card Points Program: American Express Membership Rewards
— Best Mobile Phone Coverage in North America: AT&T
— Best Web Site for Booking Travel: Expedia
— Best General Travel Site: FlyerTalk
— Best Car Rental Chain in the World: Hertz
— Best Car Manufacturer in the World: BMW
— Best Luggage Maker: Samsonite
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