Condé Nast Traveler yesterday announced the winners of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards, ranking the best hotels, resorts, destination spas, countries, cities, islands, trains, airlines, airports, and cruise lines in the world. Savannah once again found itself in the top five of the travel publication’s Top U.S. Small Cities, this year taking the No. 4 spot, vying for position with other regional destinations Key West, Florida, and Alexandria, Virginia. The Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport also took top honors as the No. 2 Best Airport in the U.S., and the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa landed a spot on the list of the Top 20 Resorts in the South.
The Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running recognition of excellence in the travel industry, and one of the most prestigious.
President of Visit Savannah Joseph Marinelli expressed pride at Savannah’s continual inclusion on Condé Nast Traveler’s list. “It’s a great honor for readers of this leading travel publication to continue to keep us in the top five cities by voting for us each year,” he said. “Accolades that are chosen by our visitors, by the folks who love Savannah and continue to travel here for our signature Southern hospitality, coastal cuisine and top-tier cultural experiences and attractions are always the most gratifying.”
In its first year as one global brand, Condé Nast Traveler combined the annual surveys in the U.S. and U.K. into one global Readers’ Choice Awards list. Collectively, they received a recording-breaking number of responses from more than 600,000 readers who rated their travel experiences to provide a full snapshot of where and how readers are traveling today.
“The way we travel today has changed significantly, and we know that is front and center in people’s desires and conversations,” said Melinda Stevens, editor-in-chief of Condé Nast Traveler. “As our readers continue to explore, we continue to listen. Our readers’ curiosity shapes our inspiration and ultimately our next adventure, and based on this year’s list, we’ll be making plenty of new discoveries.”
2019 Top U.S. Small Cities:
- Charleston, SC
- Santa Fe, NM
- Alexandria, VA
- Savannah, GA
- Key West, FL
- Aspen, CO
- Monterey, CA
- Chattanooga, TN
- Greenville, SC
- Santa Barbara, CA
The 2019 winners are prominently featured on Condé Nast Traveler’s website and celebrated in the November issue on newsstands nationwide October 8.
The full list of global winners can be found here.
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