Mark your calendars!

June 14, 2018

The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey
4375 Admiralty Way
Marina Del Rey, California

For ticket information, contact Lisa Frobisher at [email protected]


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 2018 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.



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.

2017: Honoring Patrick Clark


For 2017, TravelAge West is honored to present this award to Patrick Clark, chairman of Avalon Waterways, an award-winning river cruise and small-ship line that sails in destinations around the globe.
Clark, who has led Avalon Waterways since 2005, has been involved in all aspects of operations, sales, marketing, product development, fleet deployment and destination expansion for the company. During his time, he has helped the line become one of the fastest-growing cruise companies in river and small-ship cruising in the world. And, along with nearly four decades of experience working for some of the industry’s top companies, including Qantas Airlines and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, Clark has assisted in establishing Avalon as a revolutionary travel company that is rejuvenating the river cruise industry.
“Patrick’s work for Avalon Waterways — and the travel industry as a whole — has been immeasurable,” said Scott Nisbet, president and CEO of the Globus 
Family of Brands, parent company to Avalon Waterways. “Over the past decade, he has not only built the brand into one of the best river cruise companies in the world by commandeering our hugely popular Suite Ships, unveiling the new Avalon Fresh program and innovating excursions with Active Discovery itineraries as well as the Avalon Choice program; he also has helped evolve the river cruise category to make it one of the top-selling travel styles today. Patrick is both admired and respected among travel industry peers. We are immensely grateful for all he has done and are excited about what the future holds for this brand, thanks to him and the course he set.”  
In addition to his role as chairman for Avalon Waterways, Clark is also a current member of the board of directors for Cruise Lines International 
Association. He has previously served as chairman of the International Airline Travel Agency Network (IATAN) and the Pacific Asia Travel Association marketing authority.

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.