On PR Newswire: Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards, Top 50 Rattiest Cities, Playboy Celebrates Hefner’s Life
With thousands of press releases published each week, it can be difficult to keep up with everything on PR Newswire for Journalists. Here are some of this week’s most newsworthy releases you might have missed.
Condé Nast Traveler Reveals the All-New 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards: The World’s Best Hotels, Resorts, Cities, Islands, Airlines, and Cruise Lines
Condé Nast Traveler on Oct. 17 announced the results of its 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, ranking the best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, airlines, airports, and cruise lines in the world. Over 300,000 readers submitted millions of ratings and tens of thousands of comments, voting on a record-breaking 7,320 hotels and resorts, 610 cities, 225 islands, 468 cruise ships, 158 airlines, and 195 airports – thereby creating its largest-ever list of Readers’ Choice Award winners.
In a major break from Medieval Times’ 34-year tradition of casting a king as the show’s lead role, the company announced on Oct. 19 that a queen is now in charge and sole ruler of the land. She is cast as a firm but kind ruler, respected throughout the kingdom, who inherited the throne at the passing of her father, the previous king. The company’s leadership developed the idea to cast a matriarch, based in part on guest feedback that they would like to see women having more significant roles.
Fall temperatures are on the way and so are the rodents. Orkin released its Top 50 Rattiest Cities list on Oct. 16. For the third consecutive ranking, Chicago takes the top spot. The metro regions are ranked by the number of rodent treatments the company performed from Sept. 15, 2016 – Sept. 15, 2017. This ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments.
Trader Joe’s Opens Final Locations for 2017 on the Heels of Successful 50th Anniversary; Planning to Arrive in More Neighborhoods in 2018
Trader Joe’s opened on Oct. 12 the last of its new locations for 2017. Hundreds of customers were welcomed with leis, and treated to free food and beverage tastings at stores in Allston, Mass.; Kalamazoo, Mich. and North Brunswick, N.J. Fourteen new locations opened this year, bringing the total number of Trader Joe’s stores to 474. Other new locations include San Francisco; West Hollywood, Calif.; San Diego; Hoboken, N.J.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Brooklyn, N.Y.; Somerville, Mass.; Los Angeles; Washington, DC; Coralville, Iowa; San Juan Capistrano, Calif. and Jacksonville, Fla. For the past 10 years, Trader Joe’s has opened an average of 23 stores annually, bringing hundreds of jobs to communities nationwide—nearly all of them filled by neighborhood residents. Plans for 2018 locations are already underway.
Two days before Playboy’s November/December 2017 issue was going to press, the world learned about the passing of Hugh M. Hefner on Sept. 27. Adorning the cover is an image of Hefner, photographed by Larry Gordon in 1965. The first six pages of the November/December 2017 issue are a celebration of Hefner’s life. The new issue is a prelude to a forthcoming 100-plus page special tribute dedicated to the man who changed the world with his visionary magazine and company.
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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists. He has worked in business media for nearly 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.