Magellan Awards


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


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Executive Producer and Host
Richard Bangs’ Quests
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CEO, Crewe Assoc. and former CEO
World Travel and Tourism Council
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Former CEO
Tourism Cares
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CEO of Marketing Economics
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Founder and President (retired)
Avanti Destinations, Inc.
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Retired Hotel Executive
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President and CEO
Sea Gate Travel Group
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President and CEO
Tourism Holdings, Inc
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Travel Editor:
CBS News Travel Editor
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Contributing Editor and On-Air Storyteller
National Geographic
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Travel Blogger
National Geographic
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P.h.D., Professor, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration
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Managing Director
Harvard Group International
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Marc Mancini Seminars and Consulting
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Board Chair
The Travel Institute
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1,000 Places to See Before You Die
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Emeritus CIE Tours International
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Former Sr. VP, Sales & Operations
Hertz Corporation

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.