The judging panel for Travel Weekly Magellan Awards is comprised of top travel industry professionals. Below is a list of judges who have participated.

Alison TaylorBio
Chief Customer Officer
Alison Taylor’ Quests
Betsy O’RourkeBio
Travel Industry Consultant
Betsy O’Rourke’ Quests
Dondra RitzenthalerBio
Veteran Travel Industry Executive
Dondra Ritzenthaler’ Quests
Howard TanenbaumBio
Vice President Sales
Howard Tanenbaum’ Quests
Melody TauchmanBio
Vice President
Melody Tauchman’ Quests
Richard BangsBio
Executive Producer and Host
Richard Bangs’ Quests
Jean-Claude BaumgartenBio
CEO, Crewe Assoc. and former CEO
World Travel and Tourism Council
Bruce BeckhamBio
Former CEO
Tourism Cares
Bill Carroll – Bio
CEO of Marketing Economics
Harry DalgaardBio
Founder and President (retired)
Avanti Destinations, Inc.
Mike Fegley – Bio
Retired Hotel Executive
Tom Gleason Bio
President and CEO
Sea Gate Travel Group
Norie Quintos Bio
Communications Consultant Journalist, Editor
Editor at Large, National Geographic Travel Media
Peter GreenbergBio
Travel Editor:
CBS News Travel Editor
Heather Greenwood Davis – Bio
Contributing Editor and On-Air Storyteller
National Geographic
Dan HanrahanBio
Johnny Jett – Bio
Travel Blogger
National Geographic
Rob KwortnikBio
P.h.D., Professor, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration
Bob LambertBio
Managing Director
Harvard Group International
Marc ManciniBio
Marc Mancini Seminars and Consulting
Kathy MisunasBio
Brian RobbBio
Board Chair
The Travel Institute
Patricia SchultzBio
1,000 Places to See Before You Die
Brian StackBio
Emeritus CIE Tours International
Wayne WielgusBio
Bruce Wolff Bio
Pam WrightBio
Former Sr. VP, Sales & Operations
Hertz Corporation
Paula HayesBio
Marilyn MacallairBio
Larry PimentelBio
Kathy FitzpatrickBio


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.