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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.

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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. 

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Vote Now

Voting for the 2014 WAVE Awards is now open. To cast your vote, visit the official WAVE Awards Ballot now.


The Editors Picks and WAVE Award winners are then celebrated at a star-studded gala held every June in 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

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.

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.