Arizona Wins Two National Geographic Traveller (UK) Reader Awards

LONDON (November 30, 2018) The Grand Canyon was nominated in two categories, “Landmark Legend” and “Best Travel Experience”, and won both awards.

A couple standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon

LONDON (November 30, 2018) Arizona won two National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards at a ceremony in London this week. Arizona’s most famous natural attraction, the Grand Canyon, was nominated in two categories and won both awards. The Grand Canyon was voted (most) “Landmark Legend”, as an all-time favorite sight that exceeds expectations while a helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon was voted (best) “Travel Experience” as a bucket-list experience that brings a destination to life.

Pat Riddell, editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK), said: “Celebrating the best in travel, the National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards sees thousands of our readers vote for their favourite destinations and brands. This year, new attractions and experiences have been joined by some that need no introduction.” Arizona’s win in two categories showcases not only the popularity of the destination but the timeless appeal of the Grand Canyon.

Commenting on the awards, Debbie Johnson, director of the Arizona Office of Tourism said, “This pair of accolades is particularly special as the awards are determined by travelers who value the beauty of our Grand Canyon and continue to visit Arizona year after year. We are very fortunate to have such an abundance of outdoor and natural wonders throughout our state and it is wonderful to see that recognised.”

These awards mark the start of a year of celebratory year for Grand Canyon National Park as it celebrates 100 years of National Park Status in 2019, and recognizes Arizona’s ever-growing prominence in the international travel market.

A full list of the award winners can be found here. Coverage of the awards will be included in the January 2019 issue of National Geographic Traveller magazine.


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