TravelAge West WAVE Awards


June 11, 2015
The Ritz-Carlton
4375 Admiralty Way
Marina Del Rey, California 90292


 For ticket information, contact Lisa Frobisher at

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 2015 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. 

Click HERE to vote now!



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.

Honoring Vicki Freed

In 2014, TravelAge West honored Vicki Freed — an undisputed champion of the travel agent community, who serves as senior vice president of sales, trade support and service for Royal Caribbean International. Freed oversees Royal Caribbean International’s sales force — the largest sales team in the cruise industry. She also manages Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s trade support and service division, including reservations, group sales and customer service. Under Freed's sales leadership, Royal Caribbean International has been the recipient of the Travel Weekly Reader's Choice Award for Best Sales & Service and the TravelAge West WAVE Award for Best Travel Agent Support for six years in a row. This recognition confirms her unwavering support of the travel agent community. Check back in June to see who our 2015 honoree is.

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.