LAS VEGAS, July 4, 2013 /CNW/ - The inaugural Chairman's Circle Honors
took place June 10, 2013 at The Venetian hotel in Las Vegas to
celebrate a selection of international companies for their prominence
and contributions to the U.S. travel industry. Held during IPW 2013,
this elite awards event honored 92 representatives from 46 of the
world's highest volume tour operators and buyers of the U.S. travel
WestJet Vacations representatives were presented with a custom-designed
crystal award and a beautiful hand-cast bronze medallion as a "thank
you" for their continuing excellence in promoting travel to the United
"WestJet Vacations are delighted to receive our designation as one of
America's top international travel buyers," said Tim Croyle,
Vice-President and General Manager, WestJet Vacations. "We are
committed to providing our guests with several vacation package options
in 22 destinations across the U.S. Even more important is helping our
guests find the right destination for an exceptional experience,
whether it be a family vacation or a gathering of friends. Our U.S.
partners continue to make our job much easier by providing a
consistently enjoyable experience to all of our guests travelling south
of the border."
"The Chairman's Circle Honors provides a special opportunity to
recognize the international companies that are leading the way in
driving visitation to the U.S.," said Roger Dow, president and CEO of
U.S. Travel. "These high-performing buyers exemplify the power of
travel. IPW, the event during where so much of that business is
conducted, is the perfect occasion to honor and thank them."
"We are thrilled to collectively pay tribute to America's top
international travel buyers," said Chris Thompson, president and CEO of
Brand USA. "These organizations provide critical support for the U.S.
travel and tourism industry. As the national marketing entity, Brand
USA invites the world to discover America, and we deeply appreciate how
the buyers help transform that vision into reality."
A full list of honorees follows:
Air Canada Vacations, Alpitour, America As You Like it, America United,
Aviatur SA, Best Day Travel, Bon Voyage Travel and Tours, British
Airways Holidays, CANUSA Touristik, Compagnies des Etats-Unis, Creative
Holidays, CVC Brasil Operadora E Agencia de Viagens S/A, Dertour,
Despegar.com, Explorer Fernreisen GmbH, FTI Touristik, GTA UK, H.I.S.
International Tours, Hana Tour Service, Inc., House of Travel, Ltd.,
Infinity Holidays, Jan Doets America Tours, Jetset Voyages, J-Pac
Travel, JTB International, Kintetsu International Express, Inc., Knecht
Reisen AG, Kuoni Travel, Meier's Weltreisen, MMT Gapnet Tours,
Nascimento Turismo, North America Travel Service, Shanghai Ctrip
International Travel Services Co., Ltd., Swanson's Travel AB, TAM
Viagens, Thomas Cook AG, Thomas Cook North America , Thomas Cook Tours,
Tour America, Trailfinders, Ltd., Trend Operadora, TUI Deutschland GmbH
, TUI Specialist, Virgin Holidays, Voyageurs du Monde, and WestJet
About the U.S. Travel Association
The U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization
representing all components of the travel industry that generates $2.0
trillion in economic output and supports 14.6 million jobs. U.S.
Travel's mission is to increase travel to and within the United States.
WestJet is Canada's most preferred airline, offering scheduled service
to more than 85 destinations in North America, Central America and the
Caribbean. Powered by an award-winning culture of care, WestJet
pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. Recognized nationally as a top
employer, WestJet now has more than 9,500 WestJetters across Canada.
Operating a fleet of more than 100 Boeing Next-Generation 737 and
Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft, WestJet strives to be one of the five
most successful international airlines in the world.
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