Awards

Awards

The International Inbound Travel Association presents several prestigious awards to leaders and members of the International Inbound Travel Association.

Two awards – the Leadership Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award – are presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to IITA and the inbound travel industry and, therefore, are awarded as appropriate to deserving individuals.


Leadership Award

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2016 Winner – Jonathan Zuk, Amadeo Travel Services

Leadership Award Criteria

This award recognizes individuals for outstanding leadership and commitment to the International Inbound Travel Association and to advancing the inbound travel industry. Recipients of the prestigious Leadership Award have demonstrated the ability to guide and inspire others.

Such Leadership may be manifested in an individual who:

  • Implements change in a positive manner and strives to ensure its success;
  • Approaches problem-solving with a solution orientation.
  • Maintains perseverance in the face of adversity;
  • Actively seeks ways to advance beyond the status quo;
  • Inspires and encourages personal and professional development in others;
  • Builds strong relationships that support a high level of trust and credibility;

Recipients of this award may be from any IITA membership category.


IITA Lifetime Achievement Award

2015 Winner – Richard Kerekes

Lifetime Achievement Award Criteria

IITA’s Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the international inbound travel industry over a sustained period of time. Recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award have an established history of distinguished service and positively influenced the travel industry on a state, national or international level. Importantly, the contributions should be above and beyond the everyday and have had a long lasting impact in the sector.

Nominees should have:

  • made a positive impact on the international inbound travel industry
  • the respect of professional peers
  • general acknowledgement as having reached a pinnacle of their profession or industry;
  • demonstrated, over an extended period of time a contribution which has included industry achievement, professional leadership and/or service to the inbound travel community, and
  • personal integrity.

Recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award may be from any membership category.


Stanley Awards

IITA is proud to recognize Associate Members for excellence in the international inbound community through the annual Stanley Awards. Named in honor of Stanley Fisher, founder of Allied Tours and recognized as a founder of the US inbound receptive industry, Fisher himself was recognized by the Travel Industry Association of America (now US Travel Association) as a US Travel Hall of Leaders recipient in 1992. Stanley Fisher’s contribution to the creation of the US inbound receptive industry cannot be overstated. As a Board member of the US National Tourism Organization, Fisher was a leading voice for inbound tour operators in the United States.

The Stanley Awards are given to today’s industry leaders…leaders that promote excellence and professionalism in support of the international inbound market. The nominations process takes place in November/December each year, with the awards presented at IITA’s Summit, the leading inbound tour operator marketplace in the US.


The Award for Excellence in Sales and Marketing, Hotel & Non Hotel

 

2016 Winner – Starwood Hotels and Resorts Print
2016 Winner – Accent on Dining Accent on Dining


  • Award Criteria
    Does this organization communicate with the receptive operators in a clear and concise manner? Do they provide information in a timely manner in regard to reservations, close‑out dates, renovations, etc? Do they effectively market their product overseas while still protecting the interest of receptive operators? Is this person knowledgeable about the inbound market ‑ its specific needs and requirements? Have they, through their sales and marketing efforts over the past year, contributed to the growth and development of inbound tourism?
  • Past Winners

    Sales and Marketing (Hotel)
    Loew’s Hotels
    1996
    Swissotel North America
    1998
    Millennium Broadway
    2000
    Omni Hotels
    2002
    Intercontinental Barclay New York
    2004
    Chicago’s Essex Inn
    2006
    Roosevelt Hotel 2009
    InterContinental Hotel Group 2011
    Roosevelt Hotel 2012
    Intercontinental Barclay New York 2013
    The Helmsley Sandcastle 2014
     Caesars Entertainment 2015
    Sales and Marketing (Non-Hotel)
    Theatre Direct
    1996
    World Yacht
    1998
    New York Apple Tours
    2000
    Restaurant Associates
    2002
    Corning Museum of Glass
    2004
    New Orleans CVB
    2006
    World Yacht
    2009
    Bike and Roll NYC
    2011
    ALON Marketing Group 2012
    Accent on Dining 2013
    Greater Palm Springs CVB 2014
     New Orleans CVB 2015


The Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Operations, Hotel & Non Hotel

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2016 Winner – Papillon Helicopters Papillon Logo_highres

 

  • Award Criteria
    Does the operation staff of this organization communicate effectively with the receptive operators? Do they understand the particular needs of receptive operators? Do reservations for groups and individuals flow smoothly from one department to another? Is the front‑line staff of the facility capable and helpful to the end consumer? Are questions and complaints handled in an efficient manner? Does the supplier provide effective training for staff with regard to foreign passengers?
  • Past Winners

    Field of Operations (Hotel)
    NY Marriott Hotels
    1996
    Chicago Hilton and Tours
    1998
    Starwood Hotels
    2002
    Choice Hotels
    2000
    Empire Hotel Group
    2004
    Choice Hotels
    2006
    Wyndham Worldwide
    2009
    Affinia Hotels
    2011
    Chicago’s Essex Inn 2012
    Hilton Worldwide 2013
    Best Western International 2014
     IHG 2015
    Field of Operations (Non-Hotel)
    Gray Line NY Tours
    1996
    Theatre Direct
    1998
    Windows on the World
    2000
    Academy Bus
    2002
    City Pass
    2004
    Planet Hollywood International
    2006
    Court of Two Sisters 2009
    Bateaux New York
    2011
    World Yacht 2012
    Philadelphia CVB 2013
    Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters 2014
    Choose Chicago 2015


Chairman’s Award for Cooperating with RSAA Receptive Tour Operators – Hotel & Non Hotel

2016 Winner – Hilton Worldwide hilton
2016 Winner – Accent on Dining Accent on Dining

 

  • Award Criteria
     
    This special award recognizes an organization for their outstanding support in working with receptive tour operators in accommodating the needs of the international traveler. It honors the suppliers loyal to the receptive services industry. Did this company refuse to engage in a bypass? Does this organization recognize the special relationship between receptives and suppliers?
  • Past Winners
     

    Chairman’s Award (Hotel)
    Choice Hotels
    1998
    Marriott International
    2000
    Hotel Beacon
    2002
    Kimpton Hotels
    2004
    NY Marriott Marquis Hotel
    2006
    Hotel Beacon 2009
    Hiltons of Washington 2011
    Blair Hotels 2012
    Choice Hotels 2013
    Caesars Entertainment 2014
     Venetian/Palazzo 2015
    Chairman’s Award (Non-Hotel)
    Mayor Rudy Giuliani
    1996
    Philadelphia CVB
    1998
    World Yacht
    2000
    Liberty Helicopters
    2002
    San Francisco CVB
    2004
    Tourisme Quebec
    2006
    Liberty Helicopters
    2009
    Bateaux New York
    2011
    New Orleans CVB 2012
    Red & White Fleet 2013
    Broadway Inbound 2014
     Las Vegas CVA 2015


Stanley Fisher Award – Outstanding Travel Professional of the Year

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2016 Winner – Rafael Villanueva, Senior Director of International Sales with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

  • Award Criteria
    In honor of Stanley Fisher’s contribution to RSAA and the travel industry, this award recognizes an individual for his or her outstanding contributions and dedication to the RSAA and the inbound industry over the past year. This is the only honor awarded to an individual so the recipient must additionally reflect overall excellence.
  • Past Winners

    Travel Professional of the Year 
    Noreen Weber (Spirit Cruises)
    1998
    Bob Hofmann (TDI)
    2000
    Barbara Friedman (Omni)
    2002
    Robert Chafey (Cendant)
    2004
    Lucille Yokell (Wellington Hotel)
    2006
    Barbara Friedman (Omni Hotels) 2009
    Amie Weber (Starwood Hotels & Resorts 2011
    Desiree Blum (Escalante Travel) 2012
    Sean Bayliss (GTA)2 2013
    Lisa Cully, Best Western International
    Gail Sayadian, Choice Hotels Malcolm Smith, US Travel
    2014

    2015