The results for the first annual NewNowNext Travel Awards are in and we have some winners to share with you -- and one of them (hint: pictured above) is a bit of a shocker.
First a recap of how this all went down. To start with, we polled a group of professional travel writers -- our NewNowNext Travel Awards Academy -- and got them to give us their nominations in our 10 categories. From their expert input, we came up with nominees in all 10 categories and then opened it to voting by the readers or tripouttravel.com and newnownext.com.
Thousands of you voted and some interesting places took the top position -- most notable is probably Columbus as the NewNowNext destination. I'm guessing the folks in St. Petersburg (Russia) and Baku may not have heard about their nomination...
In any case we're thrilled that Columbus took that award and happy for all the other winners as well.
Here's the full list of the 2011 NewNowNext Travel Award winners:
Best US Destination: New York City
Best Global Destination: Montreal
Best Luxury Hotel: Peninsula Chicago
Best Resort: Encore Las Vegas
Best Hotel Chain: W Hotels & Resorts
Best Airline: Jet Blue
Best Annual Event: Mardi Gras, Sydney
Favorite Travel Show: The Amazing Race
Sexiest Spot: Rio de Janiero
NewNowNext Destination 2011: Columbus, Ohio
Thanks again to the Academy members for participating and to all readers who voted for your favorites. And as for us...I guess it's about time we get cracking on those 'What's Doing in Columbus' pieces.
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