TravelAge West WAVE Awards
TravelAge West and its valued readers celebrate the best of the travel industry in the magazine’s annual WAVE (Western Agents’ Votes of Excellence) Awards.
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.
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. The voting window is open during the month of April.
The Editors Picks and WAVE Award winners are then celebrated at a star-studded gala held every June at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. The black tie gala brings together honorees and travel agents, and recognizes the outstanding qualities and services of the industry’s leading travel suppliers
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Excellence in Leadership
Now in its second year, 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.
Honoring Susan Tanzman
For the 2013 Excellence in Leadership Award, TravelAge West was proud to honor Susan Tanzman, President of Martin’s Travel and Tours, who has dedicated her life to guiding policy that protects travel agents. Tanzman, who was instrumental in spearheading California’s Seller of Travel certification, holds numerous honorary positions, and is a true advocate for the growth of the travel agent industry.
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.