The judging panel for Travel Weekly Magellan Awards is comprised of top travel industry professionals including:

Richard Bangs - Bio
Executive Producer and Host
Richard Bangs' Quests
Jean-Claude Baumgarten - Bio
CEO, Crewe Assoc. and former CEO
World Travel and Tourism Council

Bruce Beckham - Bio
Former CEO
Tourism Cares
Randy Garfield - Bio
Former President & Chief Sales Officer
Walt Disney Travel Company

Peter Greenberg - Bio
Travel Editor:
The Early Show - CBS News
Johnny Jet - Bio
Travel Blogger


Colleen Kelly - Bio
National TV Series Host, Recognized Travel Expert

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


John Lampl - Bio
Sr Airline Executive British Airways

Marc Mancini - Bio
Marc Mancini Seminars and Consulting

Rudy Maxa - Bio
PBS Host, Rudy Maxa's World

Kathy Misunas - Bio


Patricia Schultz - Bio
1,000 Places to See Before You Die
John E. “Ned” Walker - Bio
Former Sr. Vice President & Chief Communications Officer Delta Airlines, Inc.


Our 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.


Judging for the Travel Weekly Magellan Awards will be completed in August with winners announced in late September via a press release as well as on our website. Entrants will also be notified of their entry\'s status by email or post in early September. At that time, Gold and Silver Winners will be given the opportunity to order and customize their complimentary statuette to commemorate and promote their success as a Travel Weekly Award Winner. Winners will also be featured in an issue of Travel Weekly in October that will include a special section dedicated to this year’s winners.


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