The Luxury Travel Guide magazine has named Tyler the “Garden Destination of the Year – USA” for 2016. The Luxury Travel Guide Awards represent the pinnacle of travel and tourism achievement, championing the best in their respective fields.
“It’s a huge honor to receive this designation from The Luxury Travel Guide,” Susan Travis, Visit Tyler Vice President of Tourism & Servicing said. “We were in the running with several cities nationwide, but Tyler was able to rise above the other cities being considered.”

According to The Luxury Travel Guide, this year there was an unprecedented number of nominations, providing strong competition in every category.
All winners of awards are subject to the same rigorous assessment criteria, carried out by the magazine’s in-house professionals. This ensures only the most deserving firms and individuals walk away with one of these prestigious accolades.

The team of experts travels the globe extensively in order to identify everything from the very best hotels, airlines, and tour operators through to highlighting the best destinations and attractions.

Each winner is recognized in a special edition of the magazine: The Awards Winners’ Guide, which is distributed to more than 500,000 professional and affluent people worldwide. The guide is also found in airport lounges worldwide, as well as on cruise ships.

“Winning this award will bring a great amount of exposure to the Tyler area,” Shari Lee, Visit Tyler Vice President/General Manager of Conventions said. “We hope this will attract visitors who might have never heard of Tyler before now.”

The Luxury Travel Guide aims to be the leading provider of luxury travel and lifestyle related news, reviews, and feature to the global business community. The guide provides readers with an objective look over travel destinations, hotels, spas, entertainment, technology, and much more. For a full list of awards visit