Our Luxury Showcase and Symposium was a Great Success

This was a wonderful event and we would like to thank all of our volunteers, travel agent attendees, panelists and supplier partners that attended.

Crystal Cruises
MH Ross Travel Insurance Services
Qatar Airways
Travel Insured International
JDB Fine Hotels and Resorts
Private Trade Winds
Turkish Airlines
Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau
Occidental Hotels & Resorts, The Royal Hideaway
Outrigger Hotels & Resorts
Sports Empire
The Dorchester Collection
Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau
Avalon Hotels
Ya’lla Tours USA
Auto Europe
Fiji Fantastic by Marso Travel Marketing
The Resort at Pelican Hill
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
SIT Italy
Magister Tours – Experts in travel to Turkey
Starwood Hotels
Disney Destinations
Travel Guard
Noble House Hotels and Resorts
TRAVELEX Insurance Services
AM Resorts
Celebrity Cruises
Goway Travel Inc
ICS Travel Group
Insight Vacations
Pebble Beach Resorts
Melia Hotels International
Kurtz-Ahlers & Associates
Tahiti Legends by Roberts Representation
Super Value Tours
Cunard Line
Hard Rock Hotels All Inclusive Collection
The Address Hotel & Resorts
Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort and Andaz Penninsula Papagayo Resort Costa Rica
Allianz Global Assistance
Personalized Services
Santa Monica Travel & Tourism
The Haven by Norwegian Cruise Line
Oceania Cruises
Marival Hotel Group – Riviera Nayarit
Hotel Zephyr
Corinthia Hotels London & Budapest
International Expeditions
Insider Journeys – Asia Specialists since 1993
Phillippine Department of Tourism
GOGO Worldwide Vacations
Azamara Club Cruises
Czech Tourist Authority
Air Calin
CIE Tours International

SoCal ASTA Celebrates Diamond Awards & 80th Anniversary

More than 175 travel agents, owners, suppliers, and consortia executives attended the Southern California Chapter of ASTA’s 80th anniversary gala on January 17 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The black-tie gathering is SoCal ASTA’s premier annual event that showcases the chapter’s accomplishments and honors the significant achievements of several of its members.

This year’s honorees include:

The late Jerry Healy of Pleasant Holidays – 2014 SoCal ASTA Diamond Award, for his untiring support of the travel agent community, his passion for life, and his unwavering support of the travel industry in Southern California and SoCal ASTA.

Miriam Rand – 2014 SoCal ASTA Diamond Award, for her commitment to travel and strong support of the travel industry in Southern California and SoCal ASTA. Known as the “First Lady of Luxury Travel,” Rand is 98 years young and owned and worked at Rand Fields Travel in Beverly Hills for 60 years before retiring.

Julie Johnson of Azzurro Travel – 2014 SoCal ASTA Travel Agent of the Year, for her time and commitment devoted to the chapter for more than four years. She is the former chapter vice president.

Nancy Lovino of Paul Gaugin Cruises – 2014 SoCal ASTA Allied Member of the Year, for her unwavering support of ASTA and SoCal ASTA.

Princess Cruises – 2014 SoCal ASTA Compass Award, for the best travel agent training program through its OneSource Academy educational resource.

Roger Block and Travel Leaders Board of Directors – 2014 SoCal ASTA Advocate of the Year, for their commitment to ASTA by requiring their members to belong to the travel industry’s premier professional organization. Signature Travel Network also received this award for going above and beyond in requiring its members to join ASTA.

In his role as chairman of ASTA, Block spoke to guests about the importance of ASTA membership and what the organization does for the industry and every American citizen by protecting their travel rights.

The evening began with a champagne reception and silent auction followed by recognition of past chapter presidents in attendance: Ada Brown of Seaside Travel, Klaus Billep of Universal Travel System, Stan Jones of Harcourt Travel, and Susan Tanzman of Martin’s Travel and Tours.  SoCal ASTA Chapter President Pamela Irwin, CTC, and previous SoCal ASTA Diamond honorees Wido Schaefer, Vicki Freed, Susan Tanzman, Marc Mancini, Joe Watters, and Ed and Lynn Hogan led an Irish toast and blessing to Diamond honoree Jimmy Murphy who passed away in December.

2015 Diamond Awards 224 from left Pamela Irwin Nancy Ioving Tama Holve Patty Thorington 2015 Diamond Awards 261 Pamela Irwin Julie Johnson Sheri Machat 2015 Diamond Awards 248 Pamela Irwin Roger Block 2015 Diamond Awards 246 Elena Rodriguez Pamela Irwin Selena Luketic Tama Holve Marc Mancini 2015 Diamond Awards 241 Pamela Irwin Miriam Rand Tama Holve 2015 Diamond Awards 231 Pamela Irwin Jack Richards Tama Holve 2015 Diamond Awards 201 Past Diamond Toast from rt Vicki Freed Wido Schaefer, Marc Mancini Susan Tanzman Ed and Lynn Hogan Joe Watters Pamela Irwin 2015 Diamond Awards 100a Stan Jones Susan Tanzman Ada Brown Klaus Billep 2015 Diamond Awards 280 Julie Baker Patty Thorington Tama Holve Pamela Irwin Gabriella Latini Sheri Machat Sarah Machat Wendy Moriarty Susie Hogan