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February, 2010SITA World Tours has been honored with a 2010 Editor’s Pick Award in the category of Best Tour Operator, Asia as part of the TravelAge West WAVE (Western Agents’ Vote of Excellence) Awards.

Now in its fifth year, the goal of TravelAge West’s WAVE Awards is to give travel agents in the Western U.S. the opportunity to recognize the outstanding qualities and services of their travel-supplier partners.

The Editor’s Picks were chosen by Editor-in-Chief Ken Shapiro and the entire editorial team of TravelAge West. Review methods included product analysis, on-site visits, a survey of a select group of travel agents and online research.

“I believe our picks this year reflect the best of the best, as my team and I considered a wide-range of attributes and features when evaluating these travel companies,” said Shapiro. “As a result, I think all of the Editor’s Pick winners should be very proud of this acknowledgement.”

In addition to this distinction, Editor’s Pick honorees are also in the running for a WAVE Award to be determined by a TravelAge West readers’ choice poll conducted during the month of April. The voting is open to readers of the publication, as well as to all visitors to the magazine’s Web site,

Editor’s Pick recipients will be celebrated at the WAVE Awards gala dinner on June 10 at the Four Seasons Los Angeles in Beverly Hills, Calif., where the readers’ choice winners will be announced as well. TravelAge West will produce a special WAVE Awards Spotlight Issue due out in August 2010, highlighting each nominated company.


TravelAge West is the leading trade magazine for travel agents and the travel industry in the 14 western states. Serving its 22,000 readers for 41 years, the biweekly magazine is a main source of news and product information for the region’s agents and travel executives. TravelAge West is a part of Northstar Travel Media LLC, a worldwide provider of information, news and data for the travel and hospitality industry. In addition to TravelAge West, Northstar’s portfolio of directories, periodicals and destination information services includes Travel Weekly, Family Getaways, Ultimate Hotel Guide, BTP24, Official Meeting Facilities Guide, Intelliguide Corporate, STAR Service Online, Weissmann Reports, Meetings and Conventions, and Travel Professional.  Northstar Travel Media is based in Secaucus, N.J.


Laudie Hanou

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