WAVE Awards Gala

WAVE Awards Gala

More than 130 companies and individuals were celebrated by the readers of TravelAge West By: Kelly Rosenfeld
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At the recently held 2013 WAVE Awards, Susan Tanzman became the second annual recipient of the TravelAge West Excellence in Leadership Award for her extraordinary contributions to the travel industry.

Drawing from more than 40 years of industry experience, Tanzman serves as president of Martin’s Travel and Tours in Los Angeles, is a current member of the board of directors of Ensemble Travel Group and has been named a Conde Nast World Travel Specialist for Hawaii for five consecutive years.

“It was a humbling experience, and I am very proud to receive this honor from my favorite publication,” Tanzman said of receiving the award.

Tanzman has previously served as president of both ASTA and SoCal ASTA, in addition to holding many other officer positions for the two organizations and receiving awards and distinctions from them. In 2002, she chaired an ASTA World Congress with more than 4,000 delegates in attendance.

In addition, Tanzman was instrumental in getting the California Seller of Travel Law written and enacted, serving as lead negotiator and author of many of its provisions. She has also held important roles in other legal battles for the travel industry, including offering testimony in the 1980s that helped enact legislation against travel scams.

“Susan is passionate and persuasive about our industry, even after being in it for more than four decades,” said Pamela Irwin, current president of SoCal ASTA, upon presenting Tanzman with the award. “She uses intelligence and innovation to the extreme, working tirelessly around the clock for all of us.”

“It was an emotional day, and to receive a standing ovation was truly a validation of my principles and my love of the industry that I believe in,” Tanzman said via Facebook. “We are a wonderful industry and, in our own way, we bring people together to celebrate our diversity. I am proud of my award as it is an award that is shared by all of us who stand up and make a difference.”

Michael Weldon, Viking River Cruises
Favorite River Cruise Line Sales Representative

For the second year in a row, Michael Weldon, sales manager for Viking River Cruises, took home the WAVE Award for Favorite River Cruise Line Sales Representative.

“It is my privilege to work on one of the best teams in the industry and to have the agents pick Michael for best sales manager is a great honor,” said Michele Saegesser, Viking’s vice president of sales. “Viking is very pleased to have one of our very best recognized for the second year in a row. Michael is one of the most respected cruise sales managers with great integrity and skill. We are so pleased to see the industry honor him once again.”

Megan Gillespie, Pleasant Holidays
Favorite Tour Operator Sales Representative

Travel is second nature to Megan Gillespie, this year’s WAVE Award winner for Favorite Tour Operator Sales Representative, a category determined by travel agents’ write-in votes. She has traveled to more than 25 countries and she lived in Singapore for eight years.

Prior to joining Pleasant Holidays in 2010, Gillespie was the national training manager for a travel company focused on the young adult market. Currently, she utilizes her exceptional training and communication skills to assist her accounts in realizing their revenue and growth goals.

Jeff Pettus, director of sales at Pleasant Holidays, had this to say about Gillespie’s award: “I am extremely proud of Megan. It is exciting to see that our travel counselor partners agree that she is an exceptional sales representative, consistently providing the training, support and service needed to maximize revenue growth for their agencies.”

Randy Raudt, Royal Caribbean international
Favorite Cruise Line Sales Representative

Randy Raudt’s love for the cruise industry began when his family sailed on Home Lines’ Oceanic in 1967 followed by Royal Caribbean’s relatively new Song of Norway in 1972. During his studies at the University of Florida and Nova Southeastern University, where he earned his law degree, Raudt financed his education by working onboard cruise ships. Although he left the industry for 10 years to practice law, he returned in 1996 and has held a variety of positions over the years.

In 2008, he moved to Southern California and has been working closely with his travel partners ever since.

Raudt sees his position as a blessing that allows him to work with some of the most creative entrepreneurial minds in the industry. Travel professionals working closely with Raudt describe him as passionate, caring and an “idea guy” with an infectious energy.

“Randy’s passion for where our ships visit and how our guests interact with our onboard experience comes out in everything that he does,” said Doug Grau, director of business development and sales west, for Royal Caribbean International. “Not only is it inspiring, but it’s something you can’t teach or learn — it just comes naturally. He reminds us all why we’re in the travel business.”

Diane Fraser, Aston Hotels & Resorts
Favorite Hotel Company Sales Representative

Diane Fraser, from Aston Hotels & Resorts, and the WAVE winner in the category of Favorite Hotel Company Sales Representative, is no stranger to this honor, having won for the fifth year in a row.

Fraser serves as Aston’s regional sales manager for Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Nevada and Oklahoma.

“Diane continues to demonstrate dedication and enthusiasm to support our travel agents each year,” said Shari Chang, senior vice president at Aston, “and many agents have contacted me personally to advise that they are loyal supporters of Aston because they know Diane will make sure their clients are taken care of. In the hospitality industry that makes a big difference and we are so very proud of her.”

2013 WAVE Award Recipients

Air
Best Airline, Domestic

Delta Air Lines

Best Airline, International
Singapore Airlines

Car Rental
Car Rental Company Providing the Best Travel Agent Support
Enterprise Rent-a-Car

Cruise
Best Onboard Entertainment
Royal Caribbean International

Best Onboard Dining (ocean-going)
Celebrity Cruises

Best Shore Excursion (ocean-going)
Holland America Line

Cruise Line with the Highest Client Satisfaction (less than 1,100 passengers)
Crystal Cruises

Cruise Line with the Highest Client Satisfaction (more than 1,100 passengers)
Celebrity Cruises

Best New Ship (ocean-going)
Disney Fantasy, Disney Cruise Line

Cruise Line Providing the Best Travel Agent Support
Royal Caribbean International

Best Overall Cruise Line for River Cruising
Viking River Cruises

Best Onboard Dining (river cruise)
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Best New Ship (river cruise)
AmaCerto, AmaWaterways

Best Shore Excursions (river cruise)
Viking River Cruises

River Cruise Line Providing the Best Travel Agent Support
Viking River Cruises

Destinations
Destination with the Highest Client Satisfaction, Asia

Thailand

Destination with the Highest Client Satisfaction, Europe
Italy

Best Destination for Adventure, USA
Alaska

Best of the West: Best Western Destination for Gay Travel
San Francisco

Favorite Three Night Weekend Destination to Sell
Las Vegas

Destination with the Highest Client Satisfaction, USA
Hawaii

Hotels/Resorts
Hotel/Resort Chain Providing the Best Travel Agent Support

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide

Best New Property or Major Renovation, Hawaii
Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach

Best New Property or Major Renovation, Mexico
Secrets The Vine Cancun

Best New Property or Major Renovation, Caribbean
Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort

Best Resort for Families, Mexico
Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa

Best Resort for Families, Caribbean
Beaches Turks & Caicos

Best Resort for Couples, Hawaii
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa

Best All-Inclusive Resort, Mexico
Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun

Best All-Inclusive Resort, Caribbean
Sandals Emerald Bay

Best Hotel Chain USA/Canada
Marriott International

Insurance
Best Travel Insurance Company

Travel Guard

Tour Operators
Best Tour Operator, Escorted

Globus Family of Brands

Best Tour Operator, FIT
Travel Impressions

Best Tour Operator, Africa/Middle East
Abercrombie & Kent

Best Tour Operator, Asia
Pacific Delight Tours

Best Tour Operator, Caribbean
Gogo Vacations

Best Tour Operator, Central/South America
Globus Family of Brands

Best Tour Operator, Europe
Trafalgar

Best Tour Operator, Hawaii
Pleasant Holidays

Best Tour Operator, Mexico
Apple Vacations

Best Tour Operator, USA/Canada
Tauck

Tour Operator Providing the Best Travel Agent Support
Globus Family of Brands

Tourism Board
Official International Tourist Board Providing the Best Travel Agent Support

Mexico Tourism Board

Rail
Best North American Rail Vacation Provider

Rocky Mountaineer

Photos & Videos

Laurie Doerschlen,TravelAge West, Greg Bernd, Classic Vacations and Julie Zadeh, Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau

Laurie Doerschlen,TravelAge West, Greg Bernd, Classic Vacations and Julie Zadeh, Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau

Susan Tanzman/Martin's Travel & Tours, Theresa Lock and Joy Tanzman

Susan Tanzman/Martin's Travel & Tours, Theresa Lock and Joy Tanzman

Kenneth Shapiro, Editor-in-Chief, TravelAge West

Kenneth Shapiro, Editor-in-Chief, TravelAge West

Jonathan Alder, a Trendsetter Winner (Far Right) with friends

Jonathan Alder, a Trendsetter Winner (Far Right) with friends

Jorge Gamboa, Mexico Tourism Board (L), Vicente Madrigal/Paradisus Playa del Carmen and guests

Jorge Gamboa, Mexico Tourism Board (L), Vicente Madrigal/Paradisus Playa del Carmen and guests

L-R: Vicky Tomasino/Carnival Cruise Lines, Paul Wiseman/Trafalgar, Elayne Raksyns/Insight Vacations & Jennifer Buenrostro/Carnival Cruise Lines

L-R: Vicky Tomasino/Carnival Cruise Lines, Paul Wiseman/Trafalgar, Elayne Raksyns/Insight Vacations & Jennifer Buenrostro/Carnival Cruise Lines

Michele Saegesser/Viking Cruises, Rachel Gutierrez/Travel Weekly, Adriann Dunlop/Viking Cruises, Michelle Rosenberg/NTM, Erik De La Cruz,/Viking Cruises

Michele Saegesser/Viking Cruises, Rachel Gutierrez/Travel Weekly, Adriann Dunlop/Viking Cruises, Michelle Rosenberg/NTM, Erik De La Cruz,/Viking Cruises

Marc Mancini/Marc Mancini Seminars & Consulting (L) and Frank Marini/Yankee Leisure Group

Marc Mancini/Marc Mancini Seminars & Consulting (L) and Frank Marini/Yankee Leisure Group

Jessica Barrow/G Adventures and guest Robert Potts

Jessica Barrow/G Adventures and guest Robert Potts

Ron Cerko/Enterprise Holdings (L) and Bruce Shulman/Northstar Travel Media

Ron Cerko/Enterprise Holdings (L) and Bruce Shulman/Northstar Travel Media

Doug Grau/Royal Caribbean International

Doug Grau/Royal Caribbean International

Michelle Rosenberg/Northstar Marketing Solutions and Willie Montano/CIE Tours International

Michelle Rosenberg/Northstar Marketing Solutions and Willie Montano/CIE Tours International

John Glowicki/Montecito Travel, Randy Raudt/Royal Caribbean International, Edie Bornstein/Azamara Club Cruises

John Glowicki/Montecito Travel, Randy Raudt/Royal Caribbean International, Edie Bornstein/Azamara Club Cruises

Joshua Poole/Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

Joshua Poole/Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

Andi Myza/Montrose Travel (L) and Susie Casillas/Club Med

Andi Myza/Montrose Travel (L) and Susie Casillas/Club Med

Viola De Velasco, Pam Koepf and Laura Beaulieu with Avoya Travel

Viola De Velasco, Pam Koepf and Laura Beaulieu with Avoya Travel

L-R: Theresa Lock, Donna Cook, Denise Schaefer and Wendi Adamson

L-R: Theresa Lock, Donna Cook, Denise Schaefer and Wendi Adamson

Greg Bernd/Classic Vacations (L) and Brad Anderson/Avoya Travel

Greg Bernd/Classic Vacations (L) and Brad Anderson/Avoya Travel

Vicente Madrigal and Guest/Paradisus Playa del Carmen

Vicente Madrigal and Guest/Paradisus Playa del Carmen

Guests from All-Travel

Guests from All-Travel

Monzerrath Gonzalez/TravelAge West (L) and Kulpramote Wannalert/Tourism Authority of Thailand

Monzerrath Gonzalez/TravelAge West (L) and Kulpramote Wannalert/Tourism Authority of Thailand

Melissa Krueger/Travel Impressions (L) and Tammy Wright/Wright Travel

Melissa Krueger/Travel Impressions (L) and Tammy Wright/Wright Travel

Guests from Avoya Travel, TravelAge West and Collette Vacations

Guests from Avoya Travel, TravelAge West and Collette Vacations

L-R: Tom Kemp/ Northstar Travel Media, Bob Sullivan/Northstar Travel Media, Ron Cerko/Enterprise Holdings, Bruce Shulman/Northstar Travel Media

L-R: Tom Kemp/ Northstar Travel Media, Bob Sullivan/Northstar Travel Media, Ron Cerko/Enterprise Holdings, Bruce Shulman/Northstar Travel Media

Guests enjoying the garden at the Four Seasons

Guests enjoying the garden at the Four Seasons

Guests from G Adventures, Sandals Resorts and Mexico Tourism Board

Guests from G Adventures, Sandals Resorts and Mexico Tourism Board

Viking Cruises Representatives & Guests

Viking Cruises Representatives & Guests

Enjoying the garden at the WAVE Awards/Four Seasons Hotel

Enjoying the garden at the WAVE Awards/Four Seasons Hotel

Ken Shapiro with Susan Tanzman of Martin Travel and Tours // © 2013 Volker Corell

Ken Shapiro with Susan Tanzman of Martin Travel and Tours // © 2013 Volker Corell

Michael Weldon, Viking River Cruises // © 2013 Volker Corell

Michael Weldon, Viking River Cruises // © 2013 Volker Corell

Megan Gillespie, Pleasant Holidays // © 2013 Volker Corell

Megan Gillespie, Pleasant Holidays // © 2013 Volker Corell

Randy Raudt, Royal Caribbean international // © 2013 Volker Corell

Randy Raudt, Royal Caribbean international // © 2013 Volker Corell

Diane Fraser, Aston Hotels & Resorts // © 2013 Volker Corell

Diane Fraser, Aston Hotels & Resorts // © 2013 Volker Corell

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