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Contact: Lisa Frobisher
TravelAge West Announces Its 2016 Editor’s Pick Recipients
MARCH 1, 2016 (Los Angeles) — Great Safaris has been honored with a TravelAge West 2016 Editor’s Pick Award in the category of Best Tour Operator, Africa, as part of the TravelAge West WAVE (Western Agents’ Votes of Excellence) Awards.
Now in its eleventh year, the goal of TravelAge West’s WAVE (Western Agents’ Vote of Excellence) Awards is to give travel agents in the West the opportunity to recognize the outstanding qualities and services of their travel-supplier partners.
The Editor’s Picks were chosen by Editor-in-Chief Kenneth 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.
“The WAVE Awards are a great way for travel agents in the West to acknowledge their favorite travel suppliers,” said Shapiro. “Some companies go above and beyond to support the agent community and it’s great to see our readers celebrate this relationship.”
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 print and online publication, and will be available at www.travelagewest.com/WAVE-Awards.
Editor’s Pick recipients will be celebrated at the WAVE Awards Gala on June 16 at The Ritz-Carlton, Marina Del Rey, in Marina del Rey, Calif., where the readers’ choice winners will be announced as well. TravelAge West will include a special WAVE Awards section in the July 18 issue, highlighting award winners.
“We’re proud to have been selected by Travel Age West and the west coast Travel Agent Professionals, to be among the best operators for Africa,” stated Anne Bellamy, President.
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Great Safaris is an award-winning luxury African safari outfitter offering the convenience of a US booking office coupled with seven fully-staffed, on-site offices in Africa. Destinations include Botswana, Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, Uganda, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, the Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Great Safaris earned a 5-Star ranking by Safari Bookings. Great Safaris offers luxury programs to help adventurous travelers explore Africa and create enriching life experiences. For more information please visit Great Safaris’ web site at www.greatsafaris.com. Great Safaris is a recipient of National Geographic Traveler’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime award, honored with a TravelAge West 2016 Editor’s Pick Award and a proud member of the United States Tour Operators Association, ASTA Tops, and ARC.
TravelAge West is the leading trade magazine for travel agents and the travel industry in the 15 Western U.S. states. Serving more than 21,000 readers for 47 years, the biweekly magazine is a main source of news and product information for the region’s agents and travel executives. TravelAgeWest.com is a two-time winner of a Gold Award from the North American Travel Journalists Association for Best Travel Journalism Website. TravelAge West is a part of Northstar Travel Media LLC, a worldwide provider of information, news and data for the travel and hospitality industry. Northstar Travel Media is based in Secaucus, N.J.