INTERNATIONAL. Priority Pass has announced the winners of its annual Lounge of the Year Awards.
Club Kingston at Jamaica’s Kingston Norman Manley International Airport was named as this year’s overall winner. The lounge features artwork and décor sourced from across the island. It serves local food & drinks to a gentle soundtrack of reggae music, while a bartender creates signature cocktails.
Tallinn Airport Business Lounge at Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport in Estonia was named Best Lounge in Europe. It features a massage chair, sleeping pods, a library, a curated selection of local food, beer, wine and spirits, a fireplace, and an outdoor terrace. La Valette Club at Malta International Airport was a close second in the category.
Ahlan Business Class Lounge at Dubai International was named top lounge in the Middle East & Africa. The lounge specialises in creating personalised dining experiences for guests. Its décor includes wine barrels and wine chillers.
The SATS Premier Lounge Terminal 2 at Singapore Changi International Airport was named Asia Pacific Lounge of the Year. It aims to immerse guests in Singaporean culture with displays of real orchids, Peranakan porcelain and artwork depicting local scenes. The lounge also hosts regular cultural events.
The Salon VIP Lounge at Québec City Jean Lesage International was the winner in the North America category.
The Club MCO at Orlando International Airport in Florida was ranked top for Best Business Facilities, while the Turkish Airlines Lounge at Washington Dulles Airport was recognised for offering the Best Quality Refreshments.
The independent lounge membership programme organisers said the awards were based on 72,000 ratings by its members. The awards aim to recognise airport lounges offering the best service, experience, refreshments and business facilities.
“Travellers increasingly know what they want, and are not willing to settle for less. As a result, we’re seeing increased investment and recognition of the value of lounges from airports, airlines, financial institutions and other organisations worldwide,” said Priority Pass Director Justin Banon.
“This is great news for business and leisure travellers, as it means a wider choice of venues offering exceptional service, refreshments and unique facilities to meet different travellers’ needs. During 2017, we’ve seen this reflected in our member feedback, with lounges in different destinations recognised for their service, food & drink and business facilities.”