World’s Most Prestigious Hotels and Hospitality Professionals Honored at Virtuoso’s 22nd Annual Travel Mart
Virtuoso CEO Matthew D. Upchurch, VIRTUOSO LIFE publisher Terrie Hansen, and Virtuoso vice president of hotels, destinations & tours Albert Herrera revealed the award winners during the Hotels & Resorts dinner at Travel Mart, taking place at the Bellagio in Las Vegas from August 15–20, 2010.
“Those named ‘Best of the Best’ deserve this honor in every respect,” said Herrera. “Characterized by the service and standards they set, these recipients are emblematic of the exceptional properties and individuals within our network. They were chosen by our travel advisors, the most knowledgeable travel professionals in the industry who also possess the most exacting standards for their clientele. These hoteliers and world-renowned properties continually deliver in their respective categories, raising the bar and guest expectations year after year. It gives us great pleasure to recognize them.”
Editors of VIRTUOSO LIFE collaborated with the organization’s elite travel advisors to select hotel nominees in ten categories that ranged from best architectural design to top hotel and hotelier of the year. Winners represent the best in their category, demonstrating innovation, dedication, social conscience and even courage.
Award categories and recipients follow:
Best Achievement in Design: Armani Hotel Dubai
Best Hotel Dining: Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, Dorchester Hotel, London
Best Bar: Sir Elly’s, The Peninsula Shanghai
Best Family Program: Rocco Forte Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, Sicily
Best Spa: The Spa at Grand Velas All-Suites & SPA Resort, Riviera Maya
Most Innovative Guest Experience: Amanfayun, Hangzhou, China
Most Socially Responsible: Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
One to Watch: Alan Fuerstman, Montage Hotels & Resorts
Hotelier of the Year: Claudio Ceccherelli, General Manager Park Hyatt Milano
Hotel of the Year: The Goring, London
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