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.

 

2019 Awards_____________________________________________________

Supplier Awards

ASTA Supplier Awards recognize industry suppliers and partners who have demonstrated a willingness and desire to partner with agencies and reward their travel advisor sales force accordingly.These awards are voted by ASTA membership. See below for a list of our 2019 Award Winners.

  • ASTA & SBN Airline Partners of the Year: American Airlines
  • ASTA & SBN Cruise Line Partner of the Year: AmaWaterways
  • ASTA & SBN GDS Partner of the Year: Sabre
  • ASTA & SBN Hotel Partner of the Year: Marriot International
  • ASTA & SBN North American Destination Partner of the year: The Hawaiian Islands
  • ASTA & SBN Supplier Partner of the Year: AmaWaterways
  • ASTA & SBN Transportation Partner of the Year: Enterprise Holding
  • ASTA & SBN Travel Insurance Partner of the Year: AIG -The Travel Guard Insurance
  • International Destination Partner of the Year: Greek National Tourist Office Visitors
  • SBN Chris Kai'aokamile Award: Sandy Stevens, Paul Gauguin Cruises
  • Airline Partner of the Year: American Airlines
  •  Supplier Partner of the Year: AmaWaterways
  • Supplier Representative of the Year: Vicki Freed
  • Transportation Partner of the Year: Enterprise Holdings
  • GDS Partner of the Year: Sabre
  • Hotel Partner of the Year: Marriott International
  • Cruise Line Partner of the Year: AmaWaterways
  • SBN International Destination Partner of the Year: The Israel Ministry of Tourism.
  • SBN Partner on the Rise: Scenic Luxury Cruise & Tours
  • SBN Strategic Partner: Richard Earls, Travel Research online
  • SBN Supplier Liaison of the Year: Kristin Karst, AmaWaterways
  • SBN Technology & Transaction Partner of the Year: National Transaction Corporation
  • SBN Tonia Hancock Partner of the Year: David Kasser & Visit Anchorage
  • SBN Tour Partner of the Year: Globus Family of Brands
  • Supplier Representative of the Year: Vicki Freed, Royal Caribbean International
  • Technology & Transaction Partner of the Year: Airlines Reporting Corporation
  • Tour Operator Partner of the Year: The Travel Corporation
  • Tour Operator Partner of the Year: The Travel Corporation
  • Travel Insurance Partner of the Year: AIG – The Travel Guard Insurance.
  • North American Destination Partner of the Year: The Hawaiian Islands.
  • International Destination Partner of the Year: Greek National Tourist Office Visitors
  • Technology & Transaction Partner of the Year: Airlines Reporting Corporation

Supplier Partner of the YearSupplier Representative of the Year
AmaWaterways  Vicki Freed, Royal Caribbean International

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 keeping the travel industry strong. See below for our 2019 winners.

  • ASTA Chapter of the Year: ASTA Great Lakes Chapter
  • ASTA Chapter on the Rise: ASTA Greater Seattle Chapter
  • ASTA Consortia Partner of the Year: Ensemble Travel Group
  • ASTA Entrepreneur of the Year: (Sponsored by the Dan and Gloria Bohan Foundation) Ashley Metesh-McCoy, Kinship Vacations
  • ASTA Host Agency of the Year: Travel Planners International & Nexion Travel Group
    ASTA International Chapter of the Year: ASTA Myanmar Chapter
    ASTA International Chapter President of the Year: Kyaw Bohne, Naing National Tourist Office Visitors
  • Susan D. Tanzman Inspiration Award: Jenn Lee, Travel Planners International
  • Consortia Partner of the Year: Ensemble
  • Host Agency of the Year: Travel Planners International
  • Host Agency of the Year: Nexion Travel GroupHoldings
  • ASTA Regional Director of the Year: Eddie Woodham, Southeast Region
  • ASTA Susan D. Tanzman Inspiration Award: Jenn Lee, Travel Planners International
  • ASTA Travel Advisor of the Year: (Sponsored by Enterprise Holdings): Marisel Aleman, Cruise Elite
  • SBN Chapter Excellence Award: Wendy Denny, Greater Seattle Chapter
  • SBN Chapter President of the Year: Judy Duke, Greater Atlanta Chapter
  • SBN David M. Thrower Member of the Year: Toni Lanotte-Day
  • Chapter of the Year: Great Lakes
  • Chapter on the Rise: Greater Seattle
  • International Chapter of the Year: Myanmar
  •  International Chapter President of the Year: Kyaw Bohne Naing National Tourist Office Visitors
   
Susan D. Tanzman Inspiration Award Consortia Partner of the Year
 
Jenn Lee, Travel Planners International  Ensemble 

Host Agency of the Year
 
Nexion Travel Group Travel Planners International 

 Chapter of the Year Chapter on the Rise
 
Great Lakes  Greater Seattle 

International Chapter of the Year International Chapter President of the Year
Myanmar Kyaw Bohne Naing National Tourist Office Visitors

Advocacy Awards

During our annual ASTA Advocacy Dinner, we recognize those 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.See below for our 2019 winners.

Paul Ruden Award Chapter Advocacy Award 2019
 Denise Jackson, Balboa Travel Shelly Phillips, Alabama Chapter

Barbara O’Hara Advocacy Award  Barbara O’Hara Advocacy Award
Brian Chapin, Ensemble Travel Group Toni Lanotte-Day, Toni Tours, Inc. 

 


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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