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Best in Class 2019: ASTA Recognizes Industry Superstars

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, August 27 2019 – The American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) honored the best of the best in the travel industry during the ASTA Global Convention (AGC) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida August 25-27. The three-day convention was attended by 1,000 advisors, suppliers and industry professionals.

“As the national trade association for the travel advisor community, ASTA strives to promote excellence within the trade,” said ASTA President and CEO Zane Kerby. “We’re pleased to use the occasion of our annual convention to lift up those professionals and companies who make lasting and 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 twelve months to provide exceptional service for a client in a new and creative way. Congratulations to winner Marisel Aleman and runners up Sylvia Longmire and Jayne Knutsen!


Individual supplier awards: Given to companies that best support the advisor community, as voted on by the ASTA membership.

  •  Supplier Partner of the Year: AmaWaterways
  •  Supplier Representative of the Year: Vicki Freed
  •  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
  • Cruise Line Partner of the Year: AmaWaterways
  • 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

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

  • * 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 Group
  • * 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


Travel Journalist of the Year was awarded to Jaime Biesiada, Senior Editor, Travel Weekly. For more information on current and previous winner, visit

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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