The annual awards program recognizes Travel Leaders Network’s most successful Affiliate Member agencies
Las Vegas (June 13, 2018) – Today, Travel Leaders Network – one of America’s largest retail travel agency organizations – honored the top Affiliate Member agencies in the United States with its 12th annual “Power of the Partnership” (POP) Awards. The award winners were celebrated on stage during the organization’s annual international conference, EDGE (Educate, Discover, Gather, Evolve), at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
“Travel Leaders Network is proud to honor and recognize some of our most outstanding members for their excellence, service, and achievements over the past year,” said John Lovell, President of Travel Leaders Network and Leisure Group. “These successful agencies continue to expand their businesses while providing exceptional customer service and encouraging clients to see the world.”
“These winners clearly demonstrate that, in partnership with Travel Leaders Network, travel agencies can very successfully thrive and grow within the rapidly expanding travel industry,” said Roger Block, President of Travel Leaders Network. “Each of our member winners have excelled in their profit-making ability and quality of care and has worked diligently to earn this distinction.”
The Chairman’s Awards were presented to the Affiliate Member agencies with the highest supplier sales in 2017, while recipients of Travel Leaders Network’s President’s Award are those Affiliate Member agencies with the largest supplier sales growth in 2017. The winners include:
2018 Chairman’s Award
- Chairman’s Pinnacle Award – Vacations To Go; Emerson Hankamer (Houston, TX)
- Chairman’s Elite Award – Pavlus Travel & Cruise Inc.; Craig Pavlus (Albuquerque, NM)
- Chairman’s Host Award – Cruises & Tours Unlimited; Steve Muraca & Chad Burt (Jacksonville, FL)
2018 President’s Award
- KHM Travel Group; Rick Zimmerman (Brunswick, OH)
- Cruises-N-More; Pat and Tiffany Neidhardt (Lake Mary, FL)
- Foxmoor Travel; Maria Matthews (Robbinsville, NJ)
2018 CruisePRO Booking Agency – Travel Leaders Network also recognized the Affiliate Member agency with the most sales using the organization’s exclusive cruise booking tool, CruisePRO. The winner is:
- Vacations To Go; Emerson Hankamer (Houston, TX)
2018 Top Worldwide Hotel Program Booking Agency – In addition, Travel Leaders Network honored the Affiliate Member agency with the highest level of bookings in the Worldwide Hotel program – which is Travel Leaders Group’s comprehensive hotel program offering the best available rates, added amenities and guaranteed commissions at over 33,000 global hotel brands and independent properties.
- Cain Travel; Jan Walden (Boulder, CO)
2018 Top Newcomer Member of the Year – The Top Newcomer Member of the Year award is given to the Affiliate Member agency that immediately demonstrated the highest level of support for the organization by adopting its programs, embracing its supplier partners, giving valuable feedback and attending key events.
- Preferred Travel; Olja Muursepp (Phoenix, AZ)
2018 Top Distinctive Voyages Booking Agency – Travel Leaders Network also presented an award to its top member agency utilizing Travel Leaders Group’s “Distinctive Voyages” program, which features hundreds of sailings throughout the world that include exclusive, complimentary amenities.
- Cruise.com; Jeanne Wyndrum (Dania Beach, FL)
2018 Distinctive Voyager Award – The Distinctive Voyager Award recognizes a Distinctive Voyages Host who exhibits exceptional professionalism, passion and service within his or her role as a cruise host and goes above and beyond in supporting the program.
- KVI Travel, Phil Doyle (Kelowna, BC)
For travel agencies interested in learning more about the award-winning programs and diverse offerings that Travel Leaders Network offers agencies in leisure and luxury travel, business travel, honeymoon and destination weddings – as well as active and adventure travel – visit TravelLeadersNetwork.com.
Travel Leaders Network (www.TravelLeaders.com), assists millions of leisure and business travelers annually, and is one of the largest sellers of luxury travel, cruises and tours in the travel agency industry. Representing approximately 6,800 travel agency locations across the United States and Canada. Travel Leaders Network’s award-winning Agent Profiler agent locator, marketing, technology, supplier partnerships and educational programs empower member agencies to differentiate themselves in the marketplace, grow their business and lead the industry. Travel Leaders Network is a Travel Leaders Group LLC company.
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Travel Leaders Group has named 2018 Year of the Travel Agent. Over the last decade, the travel agency industry has flourished through technology, the growth of travel options and personalized service. Travel Leaders Group represents approximately 52,000 travel agents with unmatched expertise in 135,000 destinations and 53,000 areas of interest. Travelers and suppliers have rediscovered the value a professional travel advisor delivers to the travel experience. Travel agents help to move people around the world, and keep our economy growing.
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