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Press2016 Travel Weekly Coveted Magellan Award

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September 2016



2016 Travel Weekly Magellan Awards

Judy and Maria’s Travel, Inc. Wins 2016 Coveted Magellan Award

Judy & Maria’s Travel has garnered 11 Travel Weekly Magellan Awards over the past nine years!
6 Gold Magellan Awards & 5 Silver Magellan Awards


About The Magellan Awards

Leveraging expert knowledge of the travel industry, Travel Weekly is proud to present the Travel Weekly Magellan Awards. 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. Winners are featured in an issue of Travel Weekly in October that will include a section dedicated to this year's winners. Winners will also receive a custom produced statuette made by the same company that produces the Oscar® and Emmy® awards.

Per Maria Thomas & Judith Heydt, “We are thrilled with our Magellan Award win. It is a true honor to be selected and included by our peers within the industry.”

About Travel Weekly

Travel Weekly and are the most influential B2B news resources for the travel industry. Via a multimedia portfolio of products, Travel Weekly and deliver all the late-breaking news, analysis, and research that travel professionals need to succeed.

In a rapidly changing and competitive marketplace, Travel Weekly and provide travel professionals with a necessary global perspective through in-depth coverage of every business sector, including airline, car rental, cruise, destination, hotel and tour operator as well as technology, economic and governmental issues. Through its leadership events and key industry alliances, Travel Weekly extends its position as the most influential business publication in the industry.

Create A Legacy

Create A Legacy has been selected as a 2016 Silver Magellan Award Winner in the Category of Online Travel Services: Website Category. The 2016 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.

Judy & Maria’s Travel, Inc.:  Create A Legacy

 “Build an agency image of integrity and develop a strong reputation by providing legendary customer service.  Never promise what you can’t deliver.   Educate customers on how your services will provide value and peace of mind throughout their vacation process.  Market your business and set goals that are realistic and achievable.  Develop long-term customer relationships and reward referral business.   Be proactive, go the extra mile, and exceed customers’ expectations.  Meet challenges with enthusiasm, explore possibilities, stay one step ahead of the competition, and create a legacy.  This is Judy & Maria’s Travel, Inc.”


Winners are only chosen by the best names and most qualified judges in the industry. In determining winners, entries do not compete with one another, instead, they are judged against a standard of excellence based on the long experience of Travel Weekly and considering the category entered. To uphold a high standard of excellence, a category may have multiple winners, or may have no winners at all. Entries are evaluated on a 100 point performance scale. The highest scoring entries will be selected as winners of Gold Magellan Awards, our very top honor. Other outstanding entries will be awarded the Silver Magellan Award.

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."

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

Richard Bangs
Executive Producer & Host
Richard Bangs' Quests


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






Bruce Beckham
Executive Director/CEO
Tourism Cares


Randy Garfield
Former President & Chief Sales Officer
Walt Disney Travel Company






Peter Greenberg
Travel Editor
The Early Show
CBS News


Johnny Jet
Travel Blogger






Colleen Kelly
National TV Series Host, Recognized Travel Expert


Rob Kwortnik
P.h.D., Professor,
Cornell University School of Hotel Administration






John Lampl
Sr. Airline Executive British Airways


Marc Mancini 
Marc Mancini Seminars and Consulting






Rudy Maxa
PBS Host
Rudy Maxa's World



Kathy Misunas

Advisor and Board Director to various public and private businesses, and acts as a principal of Essential Ideas, a consultancy specializing in the global travel and tourism.






Patricia Shultz
Author: 1000 Places to See Before You Die


John E. “Ned” Walker 

Former Sr. Vice President & Chief Communications Officer Delta Airlines, Inc.

About Judy & Maria’s Travel, Inc.

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. 

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