August 31, 2018
Alexandria, VA, August 30, 2018 – The American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) recognized the superstars of the travel industry last week at the ASTA Global Convention (AGC) in Washington, D.C. August 21-23. During the convention, attended by more than 1,000 advisors, suppliers and industry professionals, ASTA recognized frontline travel advisors and agency owners who go above and beyond in caring for their customers as well as those suppliers most supportive of the trade, as voted on by ASTA’s over 9,600 individual members.
“As the national trade association for travel advisors and agencies of all business models, ASTA strives to promote excellence within the trade,” said ASTA President & CEO Zane Kerby. “Our annual global convention is the perfect time to recognize these best-in-class professionals and companies in front of their industry peers for their meaningful contributions to the travel industry.”
Travel Advisor of the Year
The top annual award for advisors is the ASTA Travel Advisor of the Year (formerly Extra Mile), sponsored again this year by Enterprise Holdings. The award recognizes the travel advisor who has gone above and beyond in the last 12 months to provide exceptional service for a client in a new and creative way. Congratulations to winner Tracy Whipple of Travel On A Dream LLC in Deforest, WI and runners up Brandi Brister of Valerie Wilson Travel, Inc. in New York, NY and Marisel Aleman of Cruise Elite, Inc. in Ormond Beach, FL!
Entrepreneur of the Year Award
The ASTA Entrepreneur of the Year Award was established by the Dan and Gloria Bohan Foundation to promote entrepreneurship in the travel and hospitality industry. Each year, the Foundation, in conjunction with ASTA, selects one person or organization that best exemplifies this spirit of entrepreneurship to receive the award and a $10,000 cash prize. Congratulations to winner Pat Hager of Senior Travel Buddy in Escondido, CA and runners up Katelyn O’Shaughnessy of idoctours in Los Angeles, CA and Gee Man of Meetings Suite in London, England!
Individual supplier awards given to companies that best support the advisor community, as voted on by the ASTA membership:
Partnership awards were also given to ASTA members, chapters and partner organizations:
ASTA advocates on behalf of the travel advisor 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:
For more information on current and previous award winners, visit www.asta.org/awards or check out these great pictures of all our award winners!
Rebranded in 2018 as the American Society of Travel Advisors, ASTA is the leading global advocate for travel advisors, the travel industry and the traveling public. Its members represent 80 percent of all travel sold in the United States through the travel agency distribution channel. Together with hundreds of internationally-based members, ASTA’s history of industry advocacy traces back to its founding in 1931 when it launched with the mission to facilitate the business of selling travel through effective representation, shared knowledge and the enhancement of professionalism. For more information about the Society, visit ASTA.org. Consumers can connect with an ASTA travel advisor at TravelSense.org.