Valentine’s has been the recipient of several travel industry awards this year and past years and is proud to have added the 2016 Condé Nast Readers Choice “Top 20” listing. Since this particular award is based solely on the votes and input of the travelers, it means so much to us that our guests have taken the time to give us this prestigious placement.
Here’s a little about the Reader’s Choice Awards…
More than 300,000 travelers took part in the 2016 (29th annual) Readers’ Choice Awards survey, which set a new record for Condé Nast with reader’s submitting millions of ratings and over 75,000 comments to help us create a list of winning favorites. Most notably for Condé Nast, travelers declared a passion for the authentic, the personalized, the unexpected as their reasons for giving resorts and locations high ratings.
Twenty-nine years ago, when Condé Nast asked it’s readers to participate in our first ever travel survey, and travelers did so by filling out a short, paper ballot form—with pen and pencil. Times have changed. They fully switched to online voting in 2005 and this year took the bold step of building the survey themselves offering more specific questions as well as permitting the voter to submit their descriptions for more detailed review. More than 300,000 of you made your voices heard via desktop, laptop, tablet, and Smartphone.
Watching reader reactions on an hourly basis between April 1 and July 1, 2016 and subsequently pouring over the accumulated data about hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, and more was fascinating and informative for Condé Nast. Past guests shared more information than ever before and detailed where the travelers had been, what they did, what they liked and disliked, and where they want to go next.
Now we all are aware of scams and spam, even more aware of the chance the awards could be based on bulk input by agencies giving Condé Nast a false impression and placing undeserving resorts on the list. To insure fair and accurate placement all incoming votes are tracked by the ISP address of the person submitting, multiple surveys coming from the same ISP are eliminated since they are deemed ballot-stuffing contributions. This insures only the true traveler and past guest are inputs are considered giving validity to the awards process.
Thanks to all who gave their honest opinions and contributions to Condé Nast for putting Valentine’s on this prestigious list. For a complete listing see the 2016 Conde Nast Reader’s Choice Awards .