ASTA Awards




The Promotion of Excellence

ASTAAs 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.

 

2018 Awards_____________________________________________________

Supplier Awards

Supplier Awards recognize industry suppliers who demonstrate a willingness and desire to partner with agencies and reward their travel advisor sales force accordingly.

Supplier Partner of the Year Award recognizes a supplier company who has shown outstanding support and commitment to ASTA and the agency community.

AmaWaterways

Supplier Representative of the Year recognizes a supplier company representative (individual) who has dedicated their time, energy and career to the agency community.

Vicki Freed, Royal Caribbean International

North American Airline Partner of the Year

United Airlines


International Airline Partner of the Year

Turkish Airlines


Lodging Partner of the Year

Marriott International


All-Inclusive Property Partner of the Year

Playa Resorts Management/Hyatt Ziva & Zilara


Contemporary Cruise Line Partner of the Year

Royal Caribbean International


Luxury Cruise Line Partner of the Year


Crystal Cruises


Premium Cruise Line Partner of the Year

Celebrity Cruises


River Cruise Line Partner of the Year

AmaWaterways


North America Destination Partner of the Year

Visit Anchorage


International Destination Partner of the Year

Israel Ministry Of Tourism


Tour Operator Partner of the Year

The Mark Travel Corporation


Technology & Transaction Partner of the Year


Airline Reporting Corporation


GDS Partner of the Year


Amadeus North America, Inc


Travel Insurance Partner of the Year

Allianz Global Assistance


Car Rental Partner of the Year

Enterprise Holdings


 Transportation Partner of the Year

Carey International

Membership Awards

ASTA Membership Awards recognize ASTA Members who advance the travel profession through a wide array of achievements, such as advocacy, support, education and more.

 

2018 Consortia of the Year


American Express Travel & Lifestyle Services


 2018 Regional Consortia of the Year


MAST Travel Partners


2018 Host Agency of the Year

Nexion, LLC


2018 Travel Advisor of the Year Winner

Tracy Whipple, Travel On A Dream, LLC


Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Patricia Hager, Senior Travel Buddy


International Chapter of the Year

Romania Chapter


 International Chapter Participation

 

Kenya Chapter


 Chapter of the Year

Arizona Chapter


 Lifetime Achievement Awards

John Haskins, Viking Travel


  Gloria Bohan, Omega Travel


 Susan D. Tanzman Inspiration Award

Besty Geiser, Uniglobe


 Chapter Advocacy Award

Long Island Chapter


 Barbara O'Hara Advocacy Award 

Eric Maryanov, All Travel

And

Chris A. Seddelmeyer, Seddelmeyer Travel Concepts


Paul Ruden Industry Ambassador Award

 

Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg, Valerie Wilson Travel

All ASTA Awards_____________________________________________________

Extra Mile Award (Travel Advisor of the Year) Given to a travel advisor who has gone the extra mile in the last 12 months to provide exceptional service for a client in a new and creative way that goes above and beyond the normal course of business. 

Young Professional Award is award intended to recognize the efforts of an outstanding young travel professional.

Barbara O'Hara Advocacy Award is given to ASTA members who have made the most significant contributions in advocating for the interests of the travel agency community before federal, state and/or local governmental authorities.

Chapter Advocacy Award is for the Chapter that has gone above and beyond in its support of ASTA’s advocacy efforts, including ASTAPAC fundraising, grassroots lobbying and new member recruitment.

Chapter of the Year Award is for the ASTA chapters that have led the pack in terms of meetings, events, member recruitment, engagement, retention and community involvement.

Travel Journalist of the Year Award this award honors extraordinary journalistic achievement in the field of travel. ASTA travel advisor and journalist Melva C. Pederson, whose spirited writing articulated the travel advisor point of view and the evolution of the travel advisor profession, inspired it.

Supplier Member Award recognizes a person or company whose contributions to travel have positively impacted the travel agency community.

Travel Hall of Fame Award recognizes and honors individuals whose careers have made an enduring impact on the development and expansion of the travel and tourism industry.

Lifetime Achievement Award presented periodically to honor a travel industry luminary whose creativity, dedication and inspiration have advanced the travel and tourism industry.

ASTAAs 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.

 

2017 Awards_____________________________________________________

Partner Company of the Year Award recognizes a supplier company who has shown outstanding support and commitment to ASTA and the agency community.

Carnival Corporation

Partner Representative of the Year recognizes a supplier company representative (individual) who has dedicated their time, energy and career to the agency community.

  
Jeff Coggin, Enterprise Holdings 
Cynthia Perry, Marriott International

 

Individual Supplier Awards recognize industry suppliers who demonstrate a willingness and desire to partner with agencies and reward their travel advisor sales force accordingly.

Domestic Airline of the Year

North American


International Airline Partner of the Year

Emirates


Contemporary  Cruise Line Partner of the Year


Royal Caribbean International


Luxury Cruise Line Partner of the Year

Crystal Cruises


 Premium Cruise Line Partner of the Year

Celebrity Cruises


River Cruise Company of the Year


AmaWaterways


All Inclusive Property Partner Of The Year


AM Resorts


Destination Partner of the Year

Hawaii  Visitors & Convention Bureau


Hotel Partner of the Year

Marriott International


Tour Operator Partner of the Year


The Mark Travel Corporation


Wholesaler Partner of the Year 


Classic Vacations


GDS Partner of the Year


Sabre


Travel Insurance Company of the Year


AIG - Travel Guard


Transportation Partner of the Year

Enterprise Holdings


Technology & Transaction Partner of the Year

UATP

Young Professional of the Year
This award is intended to recognize the efforts of an outstanding young travel professional. This award will be presented to a young travel professional that has made great strides and contributions to the travel industry since entering the business, and can be either a travel advisor or a supplier.

The following factors are considered when choosing the Young Professional of the Year:

  • The individual must be 40 years of age or under.
  • The individual must have been a participant of the ASTA Young Professional Society (YPS) for a minimum of one year.
  • The individual must have a current ASTA membership.

Jeffery Pawid

Chapter of the Year
Chapters are the boots on the ground, the number one resource for engagement, awareness and distribution of association benefits. ASTA Chapters are charged with meeting the needs of their members, members of the association, and members of the larger community in which they operate.

  • Membership engagement and growth
  • Financial growth
  • ASTAPAC contributions       

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Mid America Chapter


Chapter Of The Year Runner-Up

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International Chapter of the Year
ASTA’s International Chapters lay the footprint all over the world. By promoting membership, engaging international industry partners and lending a voice to International destinations, the International Chapters support the overall mission of ASTA. The International Chapter of the Year award is given to the Chapter that has gone above and beyond in their efforts and achievements throughout the year.

The following factors are considered when choosing the International Chapter of the Year Award:

  • International ASTA Advocate
  • Membership engagement and growth
  • Strong participation in events and meetings

Kenya Chapter

International Chapter Participation
ASTA’s International Chapters lay the footprint all over the world. By promoting membership, engaging international industry partners and lending a voice to International destinations, the International Chapters support the overall mission of ASTA. The International Chapter Participation is awarded to the Chapter that drives the most Chapter attendees to the ASTA Global Convention.

The following factors are considered when choosing the International Chapter Participation Award:

  • International Chapter
  • Most Chapter attendees at AGC    

Kenya Chapter

Consortia Partner of the Year Award is awarded to the consortia, franchise, or coop that has displayed outstanding support for ASTA and its mission to promote and defend the travel agency community.

Virtuoso

Host Agency Partner of the Year is awarded to the host agency that has gone above and beyond, supporting ASTA to advance its mission to promote and defend the travel agency community.

 

 UNIGLOBE Travel Center KHM Travel Group

 Entrepreneur of the Year.  
The Dan and Gloria Bohan Foundation: The Dan and Gloria Bohan Foundation was established to promote entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial spirit.  The Foundation donates funds to educational institutions for projects consistent with the promotion of entrepreneurship.  Awards from the Foundation are not limited to the travel industry, as they may be given to recipients in other businesses and organizations.

The Entrepreneur Award, given annually in conjunction with the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA), will be made to an individual or company within the travel and hospitality industry who has made a significant contribution to furthering entrepreneurship in the industry.  The award is intended to recognize innovative individuals or firms that have demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit by establishing their own business or who have been responsible for significant entrepreneurial initiatives within an existing organization. The winner of the 2017 Entrepreneur Award will receive $10,000, to be paid to the recipient by the Dan and Gloria Bohan Foundation.

David Chait, Travefy

 

Advocacy Dinner Awards

Barbara O'Hara Advocacy Award 
Awarded to 2 individual ASTA members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in terms of their support for ASTA’s advocacy initiatives, leading grassroots campaigns and ASTAPAC fundraising

William Haire, Vice President & Managing Partner at Travelink

Gloria Stock-Mickelson, Director of Educational Services

 

Chapter Advocacy Award
Awarded to the ASTAC chapter that has gone above and beyond the call of duty in terms of its support for ASTA’s advocacy initiatives, grassroots campaigns and ASTAPAC fundraising. 

Long Island Chapter


Paul M. Ruden Award

Alex Sharpe

All ASTA Awards_____________________________________________________

Extra Mile Award (Travel Advisor of the Year) Given to a travel advisor who has gone the extra mile in the last 12 months to provide exceptional service for a client in a new and creative way that goes above and beyond the normal course of business. 

Young Professional Award is award intended to recognize the efforts of an outstanding young travel professional.

Barbara O'Hara Advocacy Award is given to ASTA members who have made the most significant contributions in advocating for the interests of the travel agency community before federal, state and/or local governmental authorities.

Chapter Advocacy Award is for the Chapter that has gone above and beyond in its support of ASTA’s advocacy efforts, including ASTAPAC fundraising, grassroots lobbying and new member recruitment.

Chapter of the Year Award is for the ASTA chapters that have led the pack in terms of meetings, events, member recruitment, engagement, retention and community involvement.

Travel Journalist of the Year Award this award honors extraordinary journalistic achievement in the field of travel. ASTA travel advisor and journalist Melva C. Pederson, whose spirited writing articulated the travel advisor point of view and the evolution of the travel advisor profession, inspired it.

Supplier Member Award recognizes a person or company whose contributions to travel have positively impacted the travel agency community.

Travel Hall of Fame Award recognizes and honors individuals whose careers have made an enduring impact on the development and expansion of the travel and tourism industry.

Lifetime Achievement Award presented periodically to honor a travel industry luminary whose creativity, dedication and inspiration have advanced the travel and tourism industry.

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