ASTA Awards

The Promotion of Excellence

As one of the travel industry's premier organizations, ASTA strives to promote excellence within the trade.
To that end, ASTA presents several awards to recognize those professionals who make lasting contributions to the travel industry.


2021 Awards_____________________________________________________

Supplier Awards

Voted by the ASTA membership, the supplier awards are given to companies and individuals who recognize the value of the agency community. These awards are voted by ASTA membership. See below for a list of our 2020 Award Winners.

  • Partner Company of the Year: AmaWaterways
  • Partner Representative of the Year: Vicki Freed, Royal Caribbean
  • Airline Partner of the Year: American Airlines
  • Transportation Partner of the Year: Enterprise Holdings
  • GDS Partner of the Year: Sabre
  • Hotel Partner of the Year: Marriott International
  • Ocean Cruise Line Partner of the Year: Royal Caribbean
  • River Cruise Line Partner of the Year: AmaWaterways
  • Tour Operator Partner of the Year: Apple Leisure Group
  • Travel Insurance Partner of the Year: Allianz Global Assistance
  • North American Destination Partner of the Year: Hawaiian Islands
  • International Destination Partner of the Year: Croatia, AmCro travel
  • Technology & Transaction Partner of the Year: National Transaction Corporation
  • Sustainability Partner of the Year: Hurtigruten
  • Supplier Medal of Excellence: Royal Caribbean

Membership Awards

Each year ASTA recognizes its outstanding members who have devoted their time and passion to advance the industry. These awards showcase the commitment our membership has to keep the travel industry strong. See below for our 2020 winners.

  • ASTA Consortia Partner of the Year: Signature Travel Network and Virtuoso
  • ASTA Regional Consortium of the Year: MAST Travel Network
  • ASTA Host Agency of the Year: OASIS Travel Network
  • ASTA Franchise Partner of the Year: Cruise Planners / American Express
  • ASTA Member Service Award: Rebecca Naugler, President, Goli’s Avenues of Travel, ASTA members since 1952.
  • ASTA Chapter on the Rise: ASTA Orange County Small Business Network Chapter
  • ASTA Chapter President of the Year: Ann Lewis, Long Island Chapter
  • ASTA International Chapter of the Year: ASTA Greece / Cyprus Chapter
  • ASTA International Chapter Profile in Courage Award: ASTA Myanmar Chapter
  • ASTA International Chapter President of the Year: Elinda Ravlic, Croatia Chapter
  • Regional Director of the Year: Lois Howes
  • Young Professional Society (YPS) Award: Alvin Adriano, Travelwise International
  • ASTA's Journalist of the Year: Dan McCarthy, Travel Market Report

Advocacy Awards

ASTA advocates on behalf of the travel agency community at all levels of government, within the industry, and before the traveling public. The following awards were presented at ASTA’s black-tie Advocacy Dinner during Global Convention:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Richard Fain, Chairman & CEO, Royal Caribbean Group
  • Chapter Advocacy Award: ASTA New Jersey Chapter
  • Paul Ruden Industry Ambassador Award: Olga Ramudo, Express Travel
  • Barbara O’Hara Advocacy Award: Anita Pagliasso, Ticket to Travel/KHM Travel Group

All ASTA Awards_____________________________________________________

The newest membership award at ASTA honors the late Robert (Bob) Duglin who was the Vice President of International Membership and Host Agencies and the Managing Director of ASTA’s Small Business Network. Bob worked on the ASTA staff for ten years, but his ASTA history stretches further back. He started as a volunteer chapter officer many years ago.  Even after Bob become a staff member, he continued to support the South Florida Chapter of ASTA through participation in chapter events, the promotion of the local travel advisor community, and the service of the community with the local ASTA Chapter.

To honor his dedicated service, as a volunteer leader and staff member, we are renaming our Chapter of the Year award in his honor.  From now on, the ASTA Chapter that exudes special qualities of conscientiousness, community building, and overall excellence will be awarded the Robert L. Duglin Chapter Excellence Award.  ASTA chapters had the unique challenge of trying to maintain a connection with their members in a time where meeting in person was not possible. In this difficult time, the 2021 winner of this award managed to connect with their members and initiate a blood drive that inspired surrounding chapters to do the same. For these reasons and many more, we recognize the ASTA Delaware Valley Chapter as the recipient of the inaugural Robert L. Duglin Chapter Excellence award, represented by their Chapter President Denise Coubarous-Payne.

In lieu of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2021, the Dan and Gloria Bohan Foundation is sponsoring a select number of ASTA Member travel advisors to obtain their ASTA Verified Travel Advisor Certification.

Chapter President of the Year Award - All Chapter Presidents are eligible for this award. This award is given to the Chapter President who the chapter members, Regional Directors, and ASTA Staff feel exemplify what it means to be an ASTA Chapter President.   

Young Professional Award ASTA has a team of six Regional Directors who work tirelessly to make sure ASTA chapter leadership has the support they need to do the important work of connecting ASTA members at the local level. Voted on by ASTA Chapter Presidents, we will recognize one of these excellent Regional Directors with the Regional Director of the Year Award.

Those Regional Directors are as follows:

  • Lois Howes—Northeast Region 
  • Eddie Woodham—Southeast Region
  • Chris Seddelmeyer—North Central Region
  • Deb Belchak—South Central Region
  • Lynda Phillippi—Northwest Region  
  • Laura Rodriguez—Southwest Region

ASTA Chapter of the Year Award - All chapters are eligible for this award. In addition to looking at how chapters have to fulfill the chapter requirements and guidelines, we would like the chapters to tell us how they exemplify what it means to be an ASTA Chapter. 

ASTA Chapter on the Rise AwardSimilar to the Chapter of the Year award, the Chapter on the Rise award is awarded to a newer chapter or chapter that is restarting that is well on their way to becoming an exemplary ASTA Chapter.  

International Chapter of the Year Award - We have a team of International Chapter Presidents who work tirelessly to make sure ASTA members feel connected on a local level. Every year we like to recognize one of these excellent International Chapter Presidents with the International Chapter President of Year Award.  

International Chapter President of the Year Award - All chapters are eligible for this award. We would like the chapters to tell us how they exemplify what it means to be an ASTA Chapter.