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Press2010 Travel Weekly Magellan Award


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September 9, 2010

2010 Travel Weekly Magellan Awards
Judy and Maria’s Travel, Inc. garnishes Gold for the 3rd consecutive win.

Specialize and Succeed submitted by Judy and Maria’s Travel, Inc. has been selected as a 2010 Gold Magellan Award Winner in the Online Travel Services / Website Category! The 2010 Magellan Awards received entries from top travel organizations and professionals worldwide. The quality of the work was outstanding. Being selected a Magellan Award Winner is a tremendous achievement and proves your agency represents a high standard of excellence within the travel industry. 





About The Magellan Awards:

The Magellan Awards are the premier award for the travel industry. From design to marketing to services, the Travel Weekly Magellan Awards honors the best in travel and salutes the outstanding travel professionals behind it all.

Honoring a broad range of industry segments including Hotels and Resorts, Destinations, Cruise Lines, Online Travel Services, Airlines and Airports, Travel Agents and Agencies, and Car Rental Companies, the Magellan is the award to win if you are in the business of travel.

Designed by the same firm that makes the Oscar® and Emmy®, the Travel Weekly Magellan Awards statuette stands nearly a foot tall, weighs more than 4 ½ pounds, and serves as a tribute and recognition of outstanding work.

Per Judith Heydt and Maria Thomas, “we are excited and honored with our win for the third consecutive year!  It is a true honor to be selected and included by our peers within the industry.”

This year’s Award Winners represent the best in travel from design, to marketing, to services”, noted Arnie Weismann, editor-in-chief of Travel Weekly.  He added, “On behalf of Travel Weekly, we are proud to honor this year’s winners and are excited to recognize the people who are at the forefront of the industry.” 

The Winning Entry: Specialize and Succeed

Judy and Maria’s basis for success in today’s competitive marketplace is specialization, extreme focus, unrelenting enthusiasm, and maximum customer service.  As self-educated travel gurus we have developed an international website to reach out to the world, while still providing intense personal service.

We developed a business plan to specialize in leisure travel and focus on key destinations that would enable consumers to feel secure about booking and traveling several times a year. We targeted the middle-aged, affluent consumer. Repeat business ensued. In today’s automated world there remain many consumers who elect personal service. We put our expertise to good use and became personal shoppers for today’s busy professionals who are seeking knowledgeable travel and destination experts. We sell enthusiastically with pride of product. 

Our Business Model: specialize, focus, love what you do, be #1, be ready at all times for the unforeseen; if you hit a wall, jump over it, go around it, do whatever it takes to make it work; we are our business, we live and breathe it, and it works for us. 


The judging panel for the Magellan Awards is comprised of top industry professionals including:

Bob Dickinson
former President, CEO, Carnival Cruise Lines


Rudy Maxa
PBS Host, Rudy Maxa's World





Patricia Shultz
Author:  1000 Places to See Before You Die

Peter Greenberg
Travel Editor, Today Show - CBS News






Tim Zagat
Co-Founder, Zagats Surveys

Lalia Rach
Associate Dean & HVS International Chair, Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management School


Johnny Jet
Travel Blogger


 Please visit http://www.travelweeklyawards.com for winners.

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Gold Travel Weekly Magellan Award

Winning Category:  Online Travel Services / Website
Submission:  Specialize and Succeed








Silver Travel Weekly Magellan Award

Winning Category:  Marketing Website
Submission:  Customer Satisfaction #1








Two Gold Travel Weekly Magellan Awards

Winning Category #1:  Travel Agent / Agency
Submission:  It's All About Teamwork

Winning Category #2:  On Line Travel Services / Website
Submission:  It's All About Teamwork








Forbes Magazine - March 2007 Issue:  Global Super Stars

Forbes® Small Business Enterprise Award
Presented by Mr. M. Steven Forbes to Judith Heydt and Maria Thomas 
Judy and Maria's Travel, Inc.
Location:  Lincoln Center, New York City








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