For the eighth consecutive year, readers of the influential US travel trade publication, Travel Weekly, have named Vancouver the best destination in Canada.
At their annual Readers’ Choice Awards held in New York City this week, Travel Weekly awarded Vancouver the top spot in the “Best in Destination: Canada” category. Those who vote in the awards are accredited travel agents who cast their ballots through an open online process. The awards are widely recognized in the industry and are presented annually to travel suppliers who excelled in product and service during the past year. Vancouver has been named best destination in Canada each of the eight years that the awards have been held.
Dayna Miller, Tourism Vancouver’s director of Sales, Travel Trade, was in New York to accept the award. “This award is significant because it’s voted on by travel agents – the front line travel influencers who work directly with potential visitors to Vancouver,” said Miller. “These people are some of our greatest allies in building visitation to Vancouver and it’s a great honour to know that they hold our destination in such high esteem.”
Tourism Vancouver works closely with the travel agent community, particularly in encouraging travel to the city from long-haul destinations. The organization’s sales teams regularly call on agents in the US, Europe and the Asia Pacific region to educate them on Vancouver products and packages that are then sold to consumers.
“It’s no surprise that Vancouver has been voted the best travel destination in Canada for the eighth year in a row,” said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Vancouver has made its mark on the world stage as a vibrant and multicultural city in a stunning setting. We have outstanding hospitality services including some of the best hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions in the country. Tourism has steadily grown in Vancouver because we are a great place to work, live and visit. We look forward to building upon our world-class reputation and welcoming even more visitors to our great city for years to come.”
Travel Weekly reaches some 190,000 readers in the travel industry each week – agents, suppliers and tour operators in North America. This award is the latest in a list of honours that Vancouver has received over the years, including being ranked “Best City in the Americas” in Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards again this year.
Tourism Vancouver’s focus is on building exceptional customer relationships with meeting planners, travel influencers, travel media and independent tourists. The organization’s brand essence is about “exceeding expectations”.
Media Contact at Tourism Vancouver:
Manager, Travel Media Relations, North America