The judging panel for Travel Weekly Magellan Awards is comprised of top travel industry professionals. Below is a list of past and present judges.
Executive Producer and Host
Richard Bangs’ Quests
CEO, Crewe Assoc. and former CEO
World Travel and Tourism Council
CEO of Marketing Economics
Founder and President (retired)
Avanti Destinations, Inc.
Retired Hotel Executive
President and CEO
Sea Gate Travel Group
Communications Consultant Journalist, Editor
Editor at Large, National Geographic Travel Media
CBS News Travel Editor
Contributing Editor and On-Air Storyteller
P.h.D., Professor, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration
Harvard Group International
Marc Mancini Seminars and Consulting
The Travel Institute
1,000 Places to See Before You Die
Emeritus CIE Tours International
Former Sr. VP, Sales & Operations
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.