TravelAge West Announces Its 2012 Editor's Pick Recipients

Magazine has announced its Editor’s Picks as part of its 2012 WAVE Awards

 

FEBRUARY 13, 2012 (Los Angeles) — TravelAge West, the leading travel industry trade publication in the Western U.S., has announced its Editor’s Picks as part of the magazine’s 2012 WAVE Awards.

Now in its seventh year, the goal of TravelAge West’s WAVE (Western Agents’ Vote of Excellence) Awards is to give travel agents in the Western U.S. the opportunity to recognize the outstanding qualities and services of their travel-supplier partners.

The Editor’s Picks were chosen by Editor-in-Chief Kenneth Shapiro and the entire editorial team of TravelAge West. Review methods included product analysis, on-site visits, a survey of a select group of travel agents and online research.

“Travelers in the West have a unique perspective and they are very travel savvy,” said Shapiro, “so Western travel agents need to work with the best companies in the industry in order to please their customers. As the number-one travel trade magazine in this dynamic region, we look forward to the opportunity to acknowledge the hotels, cruise companies, tour operators, destinations and others  that go above and beyond.”

In addition to this distinction, Editor’s Pick honorees are also in the running for a WAVE Award, to be determined by a TravelAge West readers’ choice poll conducted during the month of April. The voting is open to readers of the publication, as well as to all visitors to the magazine’s website, TravelAgeWest.com.

Editor’s Pick recipients will be celebrated at the WAVE Awards gala dinner on June 7 at the Four Seasons Los Angeles in Beverly Hills, Calif., where the readers’ choice winners will be announced as well. TravelAge West will produce a special WAVE Awards Spotlight Issue, due out in June 2012, highlighting each nominated company.

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TravelAge West is the leading trade magazine for travel agents and the travel industry in the 14 western states. Serving its 22,000 readers for 43 years, the biweekly magazine is a main source of news and product information for the region’s agents and travel executives. TravelAge West is a part of Northstar Travel Media LLC, a worldwide provider of information, news and data for the travel and hospitality industry. Northstar Travel Media is based in Secaucus, N.J.

 


TravelAge West's 2013 Editor's Picks

 

 

AIR

Best Airline, Domestic
Alaska Airlines
American Airlines
Delta Air Lines
Southwest Airlines
Virgin America

Best Airline, International
Air New Zealand
British Airways
Emirates
Singapore Airlines
Virgin Atlantic Airways

RAIL

Best North American Rail Vacation Provider
Alaska Railroad
Amtrak
Rocky Mountaineer
Via Rail Canada

TOUR OPERATORS

Best Tour Operator, Escorted
Collette Vacations
Globus Family of Brands
Insight Vacations
Tauck
Trafalgar

 

Best Tour Operator, FIT
Apple Vacations
Brendan Vacations
Gogo Vacations 
Pleasant Holidays
Travel Impressions

Best Tour Operator, Africa
Abercrombie & Kent
African Travel, Inc.
Micato Safaris
Sita World Tours

Best Tour Operator, Asia
Pacific Delight Tours
Pacific Holidays
Ritz Tours
Sita World Tours

Best Tour Operator, Middle East
Abercrombie & Kent 
IsramWorld
Ya’lla Tours USA

Best Tour Operator, Australia/New Zealand/South Pacific
Abercrombie & Kent
Brendan Vacations
Pleasant Holidays 
Qantas Vacations

Best Tour Operator, Hawaii
Apple Vacations
Blue Sky Tours
Classic Vacations
Gogo Vacations 
Pleasant Holidays

Best Tour Operator, Mexico
Apple Vacations
Classic Vacations
Gogo Vacations 
Pleasant Holidays
Travel Impressions

Best Tour Operator, USA/Canada
Collette Vacations
Globus Family of Brands
Tauck
Travel Impressions

Best Tour Operator, Europe
Brendan Vacations
Globus Family of Brands
Insight Vacations
Tauck
Trafalgar

Best Tour Operator, Central/South America
Avanti Destinations
Latour 
Tauck

Most Knowledgeable Tour Operator Reservations Staff
CIE Tours International
Classic Vacations
Globus Family of Brands
Pleasant Holidays
Tauck

Tour Operator Providing the Best Travel Agent Support
Brendan Vacations
Classic Vacations
Globus Family of Brands
Gogo Vacations 
Pleasant Holidays


CRUISE

Best New Ship (Ocean-Going)
Carnival Magic
Celebrity Silhouette 
Disney Dream
Oceania Marina
Seabourn Quest

Best New Ship (River Cruise)
AmaLotus, AmaWaterways
Avalon Panorama, Avalon Waterways
Super Ship Antoinette, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Treasures, Tauck
Viking Prestige, Viking River Cruises

Cruise Line Providing the Highest Client Satisfaction (more than 1,100 passengers)
Celebrity Cruises
Royal Caribbean International
Holland America Line
Princess Cruises

Cruise Line Providing the Highest Client Satisfaction (less than 1,100 passengers)
Azamara Club Cruises
Crystal Cruises
Oceania Cruises
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Seabourn Cruise Line

Cruise Line Providing the Best Travel Agent Support
Celebrity Cruises
Crystal Cruises
Princess Cruises
Regent Seven Seas Cruises 
Royal Caribbean International 

Best Overall Cruise Line for River Cruising
AmaWaterways
Avalon Waterways
Tauck
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Viking River Cruises

River Cruise Line Providing the Best Travel Agent Support
AmaWaterways
Avalon Waterways
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Viking River Cruises

Best Onboard Entertainment
Carnival Cruise Lines
Disney Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line
Royal Caribbean International

Best Line for Cruise Value (ocean-going)
Carnival Cruise Lines
Celebrity Cruises
Norwegian Cruise Line
Princess Cruises
Royal Caribbean International

Best Line for Cruise Value (river cruise)
AmaWaterways
Avalon Waterways
Scenic Tours
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Viking River Cruises

Best Onboard Teen Program
Carnival Cruise Lines
Disney Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line
Royal Caribbean International

Best World Cruise
Crystal Cruises
Cunard Line
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Silversea Cruises


HOTELS/RESORTS

Best New Resort or Major Renovation, Caribbean
GoldenEye Hotel & Resort (Jamaica)
Palmyra Resort & Spa at Rose Hall, Montego Bay (Jamaica)
Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa (Aruba)
Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) 

Best New Resort or Major Renovation, Hawaii
Aston Kaanapali Shores (Maui)
Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa (Oahu)
DoubleTree by Hilton Alana Waikiki Hotel (Oahu)
The Fairmont Kea Lani (Maui) 
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa (Kauai)

Best New Resort or Major Renovation, Mexico
Azul Fives Hotel, by Karisma (Cancun)
Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa (Los Cabos)
Rosewood San Miguel de Allende
Villa del Palmar Cancun Beach Resort & Spa

Hotel/Resort Chain Providing the Best Travel Agent Support
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
Marriott International
Starwood Hotels and Resorts

Best Hotel Children’s Program, Hawaii
Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa (Oahu)
Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort (Maui)
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort (Oahu)
Hilton Waikoloa Village (Hawaii Island)
Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa (Hawaii Island)

Best Resort Spa, Hawaii
Anara Spa, Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa (Kauai)
Ihilani Spa, JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa (Oahu)
Spa at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu (Hawaii Island)
Spa Grande, Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort (Maui)
SpaHalekulani, Halekulani (Oahu)

Best Resort Spa, Mexico
Spa at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort & Spa (Los Cabos)
Spa at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita (Punta Mita)
Kinan Spa, Maroma Resort and Spa (Riviera Maya)
Cabo Spa, Esperanza An Auberge Resort (Los Cabos)
One&Only Spa, One&Only Palmilla (Los Cabos)

Best Resort Spa, Caribbean
Oasis Spa at Couples Tower Isle (Jamaica)
One&Only Spa, One&Only Ocean Club (The Bahamas)
Regent Spa, Regent Palms (Turks & Caicos)
Sense, A Rosewood Spa, Rosewood Little Dix Bay (British Virgin Islands)
Venus Spa, CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa (Anguilla)


DESTINATIONS

Destination With the Highest Client Satisfaction, Asia
China
Japan
Singapore
Thailand
Vietnam

Destination With the Highest Client Satisfaction, Europe
France
Great Britain
Greece
Ireland
Italy

Best Hawaiian Island for Outdoor Activities
Hawaii Island (Big Island)
Kauai
Maui
Oahu

Best Destination for a Destination Wedding
Hawaii
Jamaica
Las Vegas
Mexico
Tahiti

Favorite Three-Night Destination to Sell
Disneyland Resort
Las Vegas
Los Cabos
San Diego
San Francisco

Best Mexico Destination for a Cultural Experience
Mexico City
Oaxaca
Puerto Vallarta
Riviera Maya
San Miguel de Allende

Best of the West: Best Western Destination for a Ski Vacation
Aspen (Colorado) 
Lake Tahoe (California/Nevada)
Park City (Utah)
Vail (Colorado)
Whistler (British Columbia, Canada) 


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Best Cruise Sales Representative

Best River Cruise Sales Representative

Best Tour Operator Sales Representative

Best Hotel Sales Representative

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