Leading luxury and lifestyle magazine Condé Nast Traveler just unveiled the winners of its 31st annual Readers’ Choice Awards, ranking the best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, airlines, airports and cruise lines in the world. This year, the publication received a recording-breaking number of responses from nearly half a million readers with Newport and a handful of its lodging properties being honored in three categories:

“Accolades like these further validate what makes our destination so extraordinary and they are a testimony to the outstanding service as well as the upscale amenities and offerings these lodging properties provide,” said Evan Smith, Discover Newport’s president and CEO in a press release announcing the awards today. “I look at awards and other forms of positive media coverage of our destination as layers of influence that ultimately motivate travelers and reaffirms their plans to visit and experience new places. Admittedly, it’s difficult to measure or quantify travel as a direct result of media coverage, but I have no doubt that collectively, it moves the needle.”

The 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards are celebrated in Condé Nast Traveler‘s November issue on newsstands October 16 and on online at www.cntraveler.com/rca.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).