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TravelAge West Announces Its 2019 Editor’s Pick Recipients

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MT Sobek has been honored with a TravelAge West 2019 Editor’s Pick Award in the category of Best Tour Operator for Adventure/Experiential Travel as part of the TravelAge West WAVE (Western Agents’ Votes of Excellence) Awards.

Now in its fourteenth year, the goal of TravelAge West’s WAVE (Western Agents’ Vote of Excellence) Awards is to give travel advisors in the West the opportunity to recognize the outstanding qualities and services of their travel-supplier partners.

The Editor’s Picks were chosen by Editor-in-Chief Kenneth Shapiro and the entire editorial team of TravelAge West. Review methods included product analysis, on-site visits, a survey of a select group of travel advisors and online research.

“After months of research, the TravelAge West editorial team, with help from our travel agent advisory board and other industry sources, has compiled a comprehensive list of the top hotels, cruise lines, tour operators and destinations,” said Shapiro. “We know that Western advisors need to work with the best in the industry in order to stay competitive and, as the number-one travel trade magazine in the West, we remain committed to honoring the companies that continue to lead the way.”

In addition to this distinction, Editor’s Pick honorees are also in the running for a WAVE Award, to be determined by a TravelAge West readers’ choice poll conducted during the month of April. The voting is open to readers of the print and online publication and will be available at

Editor’s Pick recipients will be celebrated at the WAVE Awards Gala on June 13 at The Ritz-Carlton, Marina Del Rey, in Marina del Rey, Calif., where the readers’ choice winners will be announced as well. TravelAge West will include a special WAVE Awards section in the July 8 issue, highlighting award winners.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized in this category alongside our peers and top industry leaders for adventure travel,” said Kimberly Daley, MT Sobek President and CEO. “Travel Age West has always been a go-to source of news for the travel industry, a beacon of excellence for their diverse coverage as well as their connection with all suppliers in the industry. From the WAVE Awards showcasing superiority in travel for the last 14 years, to the dynamic reporting by a committed team, each member of the MT Sobek team thanks and congratulates them and looks forward to the next 50 years innovating travel with them.”

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