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Press2013 Travel Weekly Magellan Awards


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September 17, 2013

2013 Travel Weekly Magellan Awards
Judy and Maria’s Travel, Inc. 
Wins Gold and Silver in 2013 
 A total of 10 Magellan Awards over the past 6-consecutive years.

Think Big has been selected as a 2013 Gold Magellan Award Winner in the Category of Travel Agent/Agency: Website Category. The 2013 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. http://www.travelweeklyawards.com/winners

Think Big has been selected as a 2013 Silver Magellan Award Winner in the Category of Online Travel Services: Travel Agent Only Website. The 2013 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.  http://www.travelweeklyawards.com/winners




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 Maria Thomas & Judith Heydt, “We are excited and honored with our win for the sixth 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.”   Photo right: Maria, Mr. Arnie Weismann, Editor in Chief Travel Weekly, and Judy.

Think Big

Challenge your assumptions.  Be persistent yet, tolerant.  Differentiate yourself, your thought processes, and your conventional thinking.  Develop innovative solutions to create a positive and reputable presence within the travel industry.  Explore your creativity and abilities.  Move forward, accept today’s travel industry challenges, and embrace tomorrow’s technology.  This is Judy and Maria’s Travel, Inc.  http://judyandmariastravel.com


This year more than 700 entries were submitted for consideration.  A panel of 12 travel industry heavyweights judged the entries (none judged categories in which they work or have worked). In determining winners, entries do not compete with one another, but are instead judged against a standard of excellence based on the long experience of Travel Weekly and considering the category entered.

Judges were asked, for example, to consider how relevant the elements of an entry were to its sector of the travel industry, how well designed the supporting elements were and whether they found the entry "appealing or intriguing."

Those entries scoring between 90 and 100 were given Gold Magellan Awards, the top honor.  These entries were considered by the judges to be clearly excellent and the best of the best.

Other entries that scored from 80 to 90 were deemed outstanding work and were awarded a Silver Magellan Awards. Therefore, there may be multiple Gold or Silver winners in a particular category, or only Silver winners, or not winners at all.

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

Marc Mancini Travel Weekly Magellan Awards

Marc Mancini
Marc Mancini Seminars and Consulting 

Rudy Maxa
PBS Host
Rudy Maxa's World





Patricia Shultz
Author: 1000 Places to See Before You Die

Peter Greenberg
Travel Editor
The Early Show
CBS News 





Johnny Jet
Travel Blogger

Valarie D'Elia
Travel Reporter

Costas Christ
Editor at Large and Columnist
National Geographic

Bruce Beckham
Executive Director/CEO
Tourism Cares



Jean-Claude Baumgarten
CEO, Crewe Associates &
Former CEO
World Travel & Tourism Council       


Richard Bangs
Executive Producer & Host
Richard Bangs' Quests

Robert Kwortnik
Cornel University School of Hotel Administration


Rod McLeod
McLeod, Applebaum & Partners 


Please visit www.travelweeklyawards.com/winners/

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