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2015 Member & Preferred Partner Peer-to-Peer Awards

The ultimate compliment – being recognized by your peers for tremendous service and contributions. Members nominate and vote for Preferred Partner winners, and Preferred Partners, in turn, nominate and vote for the Members in these prestigious annual Virtuoso Peer-to-Peer Award categories. Winners were announced at the Destination Showcase Dinner on Monday evening and at the Virtuoso Awards Gala on Thursday. Winners are noted in red below.

MEMBER NOMINEES

MOST HOSPITABLE AGENCY

The Accomplished Traveler, New York, USA

Lake Shore Travel Service, Glencoe, Illinois, USA

Sanders Travel Centre, Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Travel Phase, Double Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Travelwise, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic


MOST INNOVATIVE ADVISOR

Chad Clark, Camelback Odyssey Travel

Erik Sadao, Teresa Perez Tours

Belinda van Tholen, MTA - Mobile Travel Agents

Carrie Wallace, Andavo Travel

Kimberly Wilson Wetty, Valerie Wilson Travel


VIRTUOSO RISING STAR

Luke Kloza, Travel Artistry

Robert Merlin, SmartFlyer

Katherine Norton, Brownell

Ana Paula Rosete, Turismo Exmar

Steve Thompson, Anywhere Travel


MOST ADMIRED ADVISOR: AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND

Nikki Diamond, FBI Travel

Kelly Gelfand, Allure Travel by CTM

Tina Killeen, Spencer Travel

Carol Morgan, Voyage Affaires

Adrienne Witteman, Trendsetter Travel & Cruise Centre


MOST ADMIRED ADVISOR: LATIN AMERICA/CARIBBEAN

Marcelo Almeida, Paragon Turismo

Laura Asilis, Travelwise

Bruny Correal Martinz, bcmviajes

Diego Garcia Fernandez, Garcia Fernandez Turismo

Chadi Nammour, L'Espace Tours


MOST ADMIRED ADVISOR: USA/CANADA

Victoria Boomgarden, Best Travel

Jay Johnson, Coastline Travel Advisors

Barbara King, Great Getaways Travel

Meg North, Brownell

Bobby Zur, Travel Artistry



PREFERRED PARTNER NOMINEES

BEST AIRLINE

Air New Zealand

Cathay Pacific Airways

Emirates Airlines

Etihad Airways

Singapore Airlines


BEST SPECIALTY PARTNER

Auto Europe

Carey International

CIBTvisas

MedjetAssist

Travelex Insurance Services


BEST LUXURY CRUISE LINE

Crystal Cruises

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Seabourn

SeaDream Yacht Club

Silversea Cruises


BEST CONTEMPORARY CRUISE LINE

Celebrity Cruises

Holland America Line

Oceania Cruises

Royal Caribbean International

Norwegian Cruise Line


BEST NICHE/SPECIALTY CRUISE LINE

Azamara Club Cruises

Paul Gauguin Cruises

Ponant

SeaDream Yacht Club

Windstar Cruises


BEST RIVER CRUISE LINE

AmaWaterways

Avalon Waterways

Tauck River Cruising

Viking River Cruises


BEST DESTINATIONS & EXPERIENCES FIT/CUSTOM PARTNER

Big Five Tours & Expeditions

Classic Vacations

Cox & Kings

Heritage Tours Private Travel

Swain Destinations


BEST DESTINATIONS & EXPERIENCES ESCORTED TOUR PARTNER

Abercrombie & Kent

Globus Family of Brands

National Geographic Expeditions

Tauck

Travcoa


BEST DESTINATIONS & EXPERIENCES IN-COUNTRY PARTNER

Abercrombie & Kent Kenya

Epic Private Journeys (Australia)

Iceland Encounter

Southern World New Zealand

UTS - Nurdan's United Travel Services (Turkey)


BEST VAST PARTNER

Alpine Adventures

Backroads

Lindblad Expeditions

Micato Safaris

Zegrahm Expeditions


BEST VOYAGER CLUB EXPERIENCE

Amber Tours | Mumbai, India: Highlights of Mumbai with Lunch at Oberoi

Calvados Club Luxury Travel | Kotor, Croatia: Kotor & Budva with Lunch at Sveti Stefan

Chocolatine | Ajaccio, France: Garden of Bess and Imperial City

Southern Crossings | Akaroa, New Zealand: Akaroa Highlights with Lunch

Tours for You | Libson, Portugal: Walled Village of Óbidos with Lunch at Quinta de Santana


TOURISM BOARD OF THE YEAR

Los Cabos Tourism Board

PromPerú

South African Tourism

Switzerland Tourism

Tourism New Zealand