18 DECEMBER 2017
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Club Kingston at Jamaica’s Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston has been named global Airport Lounge of the Year by specialist membership operator Priority Pass.
Now in their 13th year, the awards are based on 72,000 ratings by Priority Pass members and recognise airport lounges offering the best service, experience, refreshments and business facilities.
The company, which claims to operate the world’s largest lounge access programme, with more than 1,000 facilities open in 500 cities, has been celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
Announcing the 2017 winner, Priority Pass said Club Kingston offered “a decidedly Jamaican flair”, with artwork and décor from across the island, as well as local food and drink including patties and pea soup – all served to a gentle soundtrack of reggae music.
In Europe, Tallinn Airport Business Lounge at Estonia’s Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport was crowned the best lounge in the region. Other regional winners were in Malta, Quebec, Singapore and Dubai.
“Airports and airlines are increasing investment in lounges, with features like sleep pods, cinemas, a whisky distillery and even a swimming pool,” Priority Pass said.
“This year's survey reveals that many of the world’s best lounges are in far-flung locations, but still rate highly with travellers for food and drink, service, facility and ambience.”
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