TravelAge West WAVE Awards


Mark your calendars!
June 15, 2017
 The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey
4375 Admiralty Way
Marina Del Rey, California 


 For ticket information, contact Lisa Frobisher at lfrobisher@travelagewest.com

See more photos from WAVE 2016 on our Facebook page. 

WAVE Awards Editors Picks

Every year, the editorial team at TravelAge West, headed by Editor-in-Chief Ken Shapiro, reviews hundreds of travel suppliers and products. Review methods include product analysis, on-site visits, a travel agent survey and online research. After careful consideration, a list of “Editor’s Pick” nominees, in a variety of categories are confirmed.

Click here to see a list of the 2017 Editor’s Picks 

WAVE Awards Voting

Nominees are then placed on an official WAVE ballot, which is printed in the April issues of TravelAge West, posted online and promoted in email communications to travel agents throughout the Western United States. 

Voting is now closed for the 2017 WAVE Awards.


The Editors Picks and WAVE Award winners are celebrated at a star-studded gala held every June in Los Angeles. The black tie gala brings together honorees and travel agents, and recognizes the outstanding qualities and services of the industry’s leading travel suppliers.

Excellence in Leadership

TravelAge West’s Excellence in Leadership Award celebrates a long-standing icon of the travel industry, and recognizes their lifelong commitment to the betterment of the industry.

2016: Honoring Brad and Van Anderson

Brothers and business partners, Brad and Van Anderson have a love for travel and innovation that is in their DNA. Growing up together in the travel industry, the two have made it a career from the very beginning – Brad began working in his family’s retail agency, while Van started his career as an Amtrak ticket agent. Now President and Co-Founder respectively, Brad and Van have together evolved the travel company their parents started in the 1960’s into Avoya Travel, an award-winning travel company built on a Shared Success™ model that has forever changed the way that travelers and travel professionals buy and sell vacations.

Over the decades, Brad and Van have guided their company’s growth and continuous evolution. They are pioneers in creating a host agency model with a network of independently owned and operated travel agencies, establishing Avoya’s exclusive Live Leads™ program to generate new markets of travelers, and building patented, integrated technology with Agent Power™. The success of Avoya and the Avoya Travel Network are products of the Andersons’ leadership and commitment to Integrity and Professionalism™. 

Brad and Van have also had a leading role in developing the travel industry and creating opportunities for others to be successful. They have enhanced the vacation purchasing process for consumers, offered travel professionals an opportunity to grow their business, and invested in the next generation of travel leaders. Throughout their career, the Andersons have raised the bar by providing top-of-the-line services, resulting in unparalleled growth and success for the Avoya Network, employees, and supplier partners. 

As a result of their leadership, Avoya and its network have earned many accolades, including Travel Partner of the Year from Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruises, American Express, Oceania Cruises, and more. Brad and Van are the first-ever inductees into the Cruise Line International Association’s Hall of Fame for Cruise Sales Innovator and co-recipients of the Most Innovative Host Agency Executive Travvy Award.


Every year, TravelAge West also honors leading travel agents in the Western United States with its Trendsetter Awards. The travel agents honored all display an innovative, entrepreneurial spirit that enables them to adapt to new business landscapes — an essential skill in the ever-changing travel industry.

Marketing Center

TravelAge West congratulates all its Editors Picks nominees and provides a variety of tools to help them promote their nomination. 

Sample press releases and official WAVE Award logos are available to all nominees. Download your materials in our WAVE marketing center now.