Honoring The Best:

ASTA Industry Awards

As part of our mission to promote excellence within the industry, every year, ASTA presents its prestigious awards to recognize professionals who make lasting contributions to the travel industry and exhibit extraordinary support for the travel agency community.

These awards give us a chance to show appreciation for the efforts of individuals and companies that go above and beyond in supporting ASTA’s mission to advance professionalism, education and advocacy for our industry and the traveling public. Awards fall into three main categories: supplier awards, advocacy awards, and membership awards. 

  • ANNOUNCING OUR

    Advocacy Award Winners

    ASTA advocates on behalf of the travel agency community at all levels of government, within the industry, and before the traveling public. Our success is due in large part to the active involvement and leadership of our members and chapters and to members of Congress who have become advocates for our causes.

    Every year, at ASTA’s black-tie Advocacy Dinner during our Global Convention and during our annual ASTA Legislative Day, we honor a select group of members and U.S. Senators and Representatives who have exhibited exceptional support and leadership for our initiatives. 

    • Lifetime Achievement Award

      Richard Fain, Chairman & CEO, Royal Caribbean Group

    • Chapter Advocacy Award

      ASTA New Jersey Chapter

    • Paul Ruden Industry Ambassador Award

      Olga Ramudo, Express Travel

    • Barbara O’Hara Advocacy Award

      Anita Pagliasso, Ticket to Travel/KHM Travel Group

    • Global Travel Advocate Award 2022

      U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen, State of Nevada

    • Global Travel Advocate Award 2022

      U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, State of Missouri

    • Global Travel Advocate Award 2022

      U.S. Representative Dean Phillips, State of Minnesota

    • Global Travel Advocate Award 2021

      U.S. Representative Mark Amodei, State of Nevada

    • Global Travel Advocate Award 2021

      U.S. Representative Jimmy Panetta, State of California

    • Global Travel Advocate Award 2021

      U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, State of Alaska

  • CONGRATULATE OUR

    Membership Award Winners

    ASTA relies on dedicated member-volunteers to accomplish its goals. This is true at the national level as well as the chapter level, where both domestic and international chapters help members connect locally and act as a link to ASTA’s national and global initiatives.

    Membership awards recognize the superstar commitment of top ASTA member chapters, as well as individual members, chapter leaders, and travel agency host, consortia and franchise organizations that work to keep the travel agency community strong and show the greatest support for ASTA’s mission.

    • Chapter on the Rise

      ASTA New York City Small Business Network Chapter

    • Chapter President of the Year

      Shelly Phillips, ASTA Alabama Chapter

    • Consortia Partner of the Year

      Signature Travel Network and Virtuoso

    • Franchise Partner of the Year

      Cruise Planners and Dream Vacations

    • Host Agency of the Year

      Nexion Travel Group and Travel Planners International

    • International Chapter of the Year

      ASTA Greece / Cyprus Chapter

    • International Chapter President of the Year

      Elinda Ravlic, Croatia Chapter

    • International Chapter Profile in Courage Award

      ASTA Myanmar Chapter

    • Journalist of the Year

      Dan McCarthy, Travel Market Report

    • Member Service Award

      Fell Travel, Inc.

    • Regional Consortium of the Year

      MAST Travel Network

    • Regional Director of the Year

      Deb Belchak, Lazy Days Travel

    • Young Professional Society (YPS) Award

      Alvin Adriano, Travelwise International

    • Robert L. Duglin Chapter Excellence Award

      ASTA Delaware Valley Chapter

    • Small Business Network Luminary

      Chris Seddelmeyer

    • Robert L. Duglin Spirit of ASTA Award

      Debra Belchak

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    Supplier Award Winners

    Our Supplier Awards are designed to recognize companies and individuals who demonstrate a sustained and consistent commitment to ASTA and the travel agency community. These coveted awards are presented to the top supplier in more than a dozen categories, from travel insurance to tour operator.

    In addition, a single individual who has dedicated their time, energy and career to the agency community is selected each year as the “Partner Representative of the Year.” The companies who are selected for these awards understand and value of the travel agency distribution model and their policies reflect this understanding. 

    • Partner Company of the Year

      Royal Caribbean

    • Partner Representative of the Year

      Vicki Freed, Royal Caribbean

    • Airline Partner of the Year

      Delta Airlines

    • Transportation Partner of the Year

      Enterprise Holdings

    • GDS Partner of the Year

      Sabre

    • Hotel Partner of the Year

      Marriott International

    • Ocean Cruise Line Partner of the Year

      Royal Caribbean

    • River Cruise Line Partner of the Year

      AmaWaterways

    • Tour Operator Partner of the Year

      Globus Family of Brands

    • Travel Insurance Partner of the Year

      Allianz Global Assistance

    • North American Destination Partner of the Year

      Hawaiian Islands

    • International Destination Partner of the Year

      Los Cabos

    • Technology & Transaction Partner of the Year

      National Transaction Corporation

    • Sustainability Partner of the Year

      Virgin Voyages

    • Supplier Medal of Excellence

      Royal Caribbean

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Frequently Asked Questions

The selection process varies by award.

Supplier awards are given in recognition of a company or individual’s involvement with ASTA and support for the travel advisor community and voted on by the ASTA membership via on-line ballot.

Membership awards are based on involvement with the Society and selected by staff, members and/or chapter leadership, depending on the award.

Advocacy awards are given in recognition of work done on behalf of the industry and selected by staff, members and/or chapter leadership, depending on the award.

Our Industry Awards are presented at the annual ASTA Global Convention, our Showcase events as well as during ASTA Legislative Day.

We have added new awards over the years, but the basic concept of promoting excellence and recognizing those who make lasting contributions to the Society and to the travel agency community remains at the core of our industry awards program. 

Our most recent addition is the Robert L. Duglin Chapter Excellence Award, an annual award that recognizes the chapter that best exemplifies the special qualities of conscientiousness, community building, volunteerism, and overall excellence exhibited by our long-serving ASTA member/volunteer and then staffer Robert L. Duglin.

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