The Riviera Maya was awarded the Crystal Apple Award for "Best Tourist Destination" at a black-tie gala held at the Art Institute of Chicago,Sept. 14. This coveted recognition is awarded annually by Apple Vacations,one of the largest travel agencies and tour operators in the United States,according to a news release.
“The Crystal Apple Award is one of the most coveted awards in the travel industry,” writes TravelPulse. “Truly a ‘People’s Choice’ award,it is bestowed to the ‘Best of the Best’ in various categories as chosen by Apple vacationers.”
The Riviera Maya was awarded the title of “Best Tourist Destination” in 2015,disrupting other top contenders,including destinations like Aruba,Cancun,Huatulco,Vallarta-Nayarit and Hawaii.
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According to the release,hundreds of thousands of Apple Vacations customers complete a Vacation Satisfaction Questionnaire after returning home from their trips,and this data is used to select the annual Crystal Apple Award winners.
This distinction holds special significance because thousands of customers from Apple Vacations helped to choose the winner by filling out the surveys,which show the high level of visitor satisfaction among travelers coming to Mexico’s Riviera Maya.
Boosting the tourism industry
The award was received by Lizzie Cole,director of Promotion and Marketing for the Tourism Promotion Trust in the Riviera Maya and Cozumel.
"This award is the most important in the tourism industry,” Cole stated. “The global quality of tourism services in Quintana Roo is reaffirmed."
The Crystal Apple Award will translate into more tourism success for the Riviera Maya,as it foretells of significant growth in the U.S. tourism market throughout the region,thanks to the preference of the thousands of travelers who responded to the survey and helped select it as the best destination in Mexico.
At the gala,the Riviera Maya’s Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso was given the Golden Apple Hotel Award for "Best All-Inclusive Resort,” while the Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal,Don Pablo Collection,was named the "Best All-Inclusive Family Resort."
“Apple Vacations’ Golden Apple Hotel Award is given to those hotels that have earned exceptional customer ratings,” writes TravelPulse. “Some are moderate and others deluxe,but all Golden Apple Hotels offer an exceptional standard of quality,service and value.”