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September 9, 2020

Contact: Erika Richter

Best in Class 2020: ASTA Recognizes Industry Superstars

Washington, D.C., September 9, 2020 – The American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) recognized the best of the best in the travel industry during its first-ever virtual convention, ASTA Global Live (AGL), which ran from August 25-28. The three-day convention was attended by over 2,000 advisors, suppliers and industry professionals.

“As the national trade association for the travel advisor community, ASTA brings together all segments of the industry and strives to promote excellence within the trade,” said ASTA President & CEO Zane Kerby. “We’re pleased to use the occasion of ASTA Global Live to lift up those professionals and companies who are making lasting and meaningful contributions to the travel industry during the most difficult times in our history.”

The year, the Travel Advisor of the was dedicated to all the ASTA travel advisors who spent their time, money and effort ensuring that their clients made it home safely during the COVID-19 crisis. To get a glimpse into their day-to-day lives during the ongoing pandemic, read their Hero Stories on our consumer facing website,

During AGL, supplier awards were given to companies and individuals most supportive of the advisor community, as voted on by the ASTA membership, including:

  • Partner Company of the Year: AmaWaterways
  • Partner Representatives of the Year: Vicki Freed, Royal Caribbean International
  • Airline Partner of the Year: American Airlines
  • Transportation Partner of the Year: Enterprise Holdings
  • GDA Partner of the Year: Sabre
  • Hotel Partner of the Year: Marriott
  • Ocean Cruise Line Partner of the Year: Royal Caribbean International
  • River Cruise Line Partner of the Year: AmaWaterways
  • Tour Operator Partner of the Year: Apple Leisure Group
  • Travel Insurance Partner of the Year: Allianz
  • North American Destination Partner of the Year: Discover Puerto Rico
  • International Destination Partner of the Year: Croatia
  • Technology & Transaction Partner of the Year: ARC
  • Sustainability Partner of the Year: G Adventures
  • Supplier Medal of Excellence: Royal Caribbean International

Partnership awards were also given to ASTA members, chapters and partner organizations, including:

  • ASTA Consortia of the Year: Virtuoso
  • ASTA Consortia of the Year: Signature Travel Network
  • ASTA Travel Advisor of the Year: All ASTA Travel Advisors
  • ASTA Host Agency of the Year: OASIS Travel Network
  • ASTA Franchise Partner of the Year: Cruise Planners
  • ASTA Chapter of the Year: Long Island ASTA Small Business Network Chapter
  • ASTA Chapter on the Rise: ASTA Central Atlantic Chapter
  • ASTA Chapter President of the Year: Leila Dada, Arizona Chapter President
  • ASTA Susan D. Tanzman Inspiration Award: Karolina Shenton, The Cruise Web, Inc.
  • ASTA International Chapter of the Year: ASTA Myanmar Chapter
  • ASTA International Chapter President of the Year: Kyaw Bohne Naing, ASTA Myanmar Chapter
  • ASTA Regional Director of the Year: Debra Belchak, Mid-Michigan SBN Chapter President
  • ASTA Young Professional Society (YPS) Award: Summer Corbitt, Director Marketing & Sales at Uniglobe Travel Center
  • ASTA Member Service Award: Lake City Travel and Cruises, Seattle WA
  • ASTA Member Service Award: Rosenlund Travel Service, Shrewsbury MA
  • Spirit of ASTA Small Business Network Awards
    • David M. Thrower Member of the Year: Helen Prochilo, Promal Vacations
    • Chris Kai’aokamalie Supplier Liason of the Year: Vicki Freed, Royal Caribbean International
    • Tonya Hancock Supplier Partner of the Year: Royal Caribbean International
  • ASTA Small Business Network Luminary Award: Eddie Woodham, ASTA Board Member, Southeast Regional Director and South Florida Chapter President
  • ASTA Small Business Network Exemplar Award: AmaWaterways
  • ASTA Small Business Network Exemplar Award: Celebrity Cruises 

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 Consumers can connect with an ASTA travel advisor at

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