Every fall, for as long as I can remember, Apple Vacations hosts a HUGE trade show for travel professionals in Chicago. By attending this event I meet face to face with the tourism boards and hotels to learn what sets them apart from the competition. The big news this year is the nonstop service from Chicago and Denver to Costa Rica during the winter season! They also announced nonstop service from Lansing to Jamaica and Cancun. There will be exclusive service from Detroit to Punta Cana and Cancun. Alaska Airlines announced additional nonstop service to Hawaii from west coast gateways.
More exciting news from the evening's events is the annual Crystal Apple Awards. The receipients are chosen based on the replies from the questionnaires completed by thousands of Apple vacationers nationwide. I tweeted the winners LIVE as John Mullens, President of Apple Vacations personally awarded the following hotels and destinations with this prestigious award:
I fell in love with Mexico the first time I visited Puerto Vallarta!
Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun
Riviera Maya, Mexico
This resort is among my favorites in the Riviera Maya. The spa is incredible and it is set on the BEST beach in Mexico.
Best Hotel Chain
Featuring incredible Endless Privileges, these boutique resorts are for those who want an intimate vacation experience in the Riviera Maya, Los Cabos and Punta Cana.
Best Staff & Service – Mexico
Not surprising to me, my wedding group raved about this resort this year.
|Best Staff & Service – Caribbean
Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Iberostar Resorts always rate high with my clients in the Caribbean and Mexico.
Best Staff & Service – Hawaii
Maui, Hawaiian Islands
The best in ALOHA spirit!
I would love the opportunity to arrange your travel to these award winning destinations, hotels or one of the many destinations and hotels Apple Vacations represents.