Travel & Leisure's World's Best Tour Operator Ker & Downey

Ker & Downey has once again been named to the prestigious Travel + Leisure Magazine’s World’s Best Awards, this time with the coveted #1 spot as the World’s Best Tour Operator. Based on a perfect score of 100, Ker & Downey received an outstanding 99.10 from the combined scores of readers’ surveys taken from November 4, 2019 to March  2, 2020. Travel + Leisure Magazine readers judged Tour Operators on six categories: staff/guides, itineraries/destinations, activities, accommodations, food, and overall value.

“We are humbled and honored to be voted the best Tour Operator in the world for 2020,” says David Marek, president of Ker & Downey. “This is our seventh year being voted onto Travel + Leisure World’s Best list, but earning the top spot for Best Tour Operator is thrilling,” says Marek.

“At a time when the world is changing, we recognize every journey we plan has the power to change the way we view and interact with others, which we do not take lightly,” says Marek. “Because we specialize in one-of-a-kind trips, we understand no two journeys are alike and no two people are alike. We believe the connections we make as we explore the world have the power to open our minds. We learn to appreciate our differences while gaining an understanding of the similarities that bind us.”

With this World’s Best Award, Ker & Downey continues to prove its excellence in providing truly customized travel to over 80 countries all over the world. “The heart of Ker & Downey lies in our dedication to creating journeys that become a unique reflection of the individual traveler. Travel + Leisure showcases the best of the best in travel. To be chosen as the World’s Best Tour Operator confirms our staff’s commitment and incomparable expertise to creating custom itineraries that immerse our clients in new cultures and allows them to experience the world in a whole new way.”

The Travel + Leisure World’s Best Award accompanies several Ker & Downey accolades including Travel + Leisure World’s Best Award for Safari Operator in 2015. Ker & Downey was also named the Best Adventure Travel Company award for Luxury Tour Operators by National Geographic Adventure. Several of Ker & Downey’s itineraries have also won prestigious recognition including National Geographic Traveler’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime award for Path of the Polynesians, Uncovering Alexander’s Egypt: A Desert & Diving Expedition, Splendors of the Cape, Australian Dreamtime and Namibia Explorer.

The Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards lists will appear in the August issue of the magazine and can be found online at

About Ker & Downey:

With over 25 years of success in the travel industry, Ker & Downey is an award-winning luxury travel provider dedicated to designing inspiring, custom-made journeys that allow you to experience the world in a new way. Our itineraries are curated by travel enthusiasts who are committed to the belief that travel should reflect who you are and enhance your life through experiencing the world’s unique culture and character in every destination Ker & Downey’s featured regions include Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, the Middle East, and South Pacific, with special arrangements all over the world also possible.

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