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Konstantinos B., Luxury Travel Consultant with Protravel International, experiencing a tasting at the W Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
 

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Awards and Associations

Trade Associations & Partners

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Awards

And the award goes to … We are truly honored to be recognized by some of the most influential organizations in the travel industry, but most importantly, recognition from you — our travel partners. Check out some of the awards we've taken home recently.

Meet our partners:

American Society of Association Executives

Provides nonprofit and association executives with resources, education and more.

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American Society of Travel Agents

Global advocate group for travel agents, the travel industry and the traveling public.

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ARC Agency Accreditation

Members can book directly on over 180 carriers worldwide and enjoy full access to exclusive products and services. Starwood accepts ARC numbers and pays full commission with no fees deducted.

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ARC Verified Travel Consultant Program

Verified Travel Consultants can build direct relationships with national suppliers with their own unique ARC Number and more. Starwood accepts VTC agency ARC Numbers and pays full commission with no fees deducted to the ARC VTCs.

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Association of Canadian Travel Agencies

A national trade association that represents the retail travel sector of Canada's tourism industry.

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Association of Retail Travel Agents

The largest non-profit association in North America represents travel agents exclusively.

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Cruise Lines International Association

Provides cruise selling agencies sales training, marketing support and more. Starwood accepts CLIA numbers and pays full commission with no fees deducted to CLIA members.

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Financial and Insurance Conference Planners

Provides meeting planners in the insurance and financial industries with training and networking opportunities.

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Global Business Travel Association

A global hub for resources related to business travel including trainings, networking events and more.

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International Association of Exhibitions and Events

Promotes the unique value of events including road shows, conferences and proprietary corporate exhibitions.

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Meeting Professionals International

Offers professional development activities, business opportunities and more for meeting planners worldwide.

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National Association of Career Travel Agents

Represents independent contractors, outside sales agents, cruise and tour-oriented agents. Starwood accepts the NABUTTON credentials and pays full commission with no fees deducted to NABUTTON members.

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National Tour Association

Provides business opportunities, professional education and networking opportunities to tour operators.

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Outside Sales Support Network

Provides members with training specific to selling travel and networking opportunities.

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Professional Convention Management Association

Offers education and tools for meeting professionals to promote the value of their industry.

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SITE

Serves as a source of expertise and personal connection for meeting and event professionals worldwide.

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Travel Institute

Promotes community and industry excellence through education programs and certifications for travel professionals.

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U.S. Travel Association

Provides resources to help travel professionals promote tourism throughout the United States.

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The United States Tour Operators Association

Professional association that represents tour operators throughout the United States.

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View past awards:

Travvy Awards: The annual Travvy Awards, presented by travAlliance media, recognize the highest standards of excellence in the industry today and honor travel companies, travel products, travel agencies and destinations for their outstanding achievement.

Best Hotel & Resort Chain Overall:
Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Best Luxury Hotel Chain:
Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Best Resort South America:
Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort

Best General Manager North America and Canada:
Hermann Elger – The St. Regis New York

Most Innovative Hotel Executive:
Chris Austin, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

 

TravelAge West WAVE

Starwood Hotels & Resorts
• Best Hotel & Resort Chain, Travel Agent Support
• Best Hotel Chain, Hawaii

Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas
• Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas

Joshua Poole, Global Account Director
• Favorite Individual Hotel Sales Representative


 

Travel Weekly Magellan Awards 2015

• Gold Magellan Award for Hospitality-Loyalty Program

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TravelAge West WAVE

Best Hotel Chain Luxury
St. Regis was recognized by travel professionals in the Western U.S. as best luxury hotel chain.

Best Hotel Chain in Hawaii
Starwood was recognized by travel professionals in the Western U.S. as best hotel chain in Hawaii.

Best Travel Professional / Agent Support
For the sixth consecutive year, travel professionals in the Western U.S. recognized us for outstanding support.
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Travvy Awards: The annual Travvy Awards, presented by travAlliance media, recognize the highest standards of excellence in the industry today and honor travel companies, travel products, travel agencies and destinations for their outstanding achievement.

Best Hotel & Resort Chain Overall:
Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Best Hotel Chain Luxury
Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Best City Hotel Asia
W Hong Kong

Best City Hotel Mexico & Latin America
St. Regis Mexico City

Best City Hotel US & Canada
St. Regis New York

Most Innovative Hotels Executive
Chris Austin, Starwood

 

Porthole Cruise Magazine 2015 Editor-in-Chief Award:

Best Worldwide Hotels

Porthole Cruise Magazine, the nation's leading consumer cruise and travel publication, honor those in the cruise and travel industry who have gone above and beyond in terms of service, quality, and excellence.
Best Worldwide Hotels:
Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards 2015

Best in Hotel Chains:

  • Agent Loyalty Program: SPG® Pro
  • Asia Pacific: Starwood Hotels & Resorts
  • Hawaii/South Pacific: Starwood Hotels & Resorts
  • Sales & Service: Starwood Hotels & Resorts
  • Upper Upscale Brand: Westin Hotels & Resorts

Best Resort Worldwide:

  • The St. Regis Bora Bora

TravelAge West WAVE

  • Best Hotel Chain in Hawaii
    Starwood was recognized by travel professionals in the Western U.S. as best hotel chain in Hawaii.
  • Best Travel Professional / Agent Support
    For the fifth consecutive year, travel professionals in the Western U.S. recognized us for outstanding support.
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Recommend Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards

Best in Travel Agent Support - Hotels/Resorts Chain

Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards 2014

Best in Hotel Chains:
Asia: Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Hawaii/South Pacific: Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Upscale: Westin Hotels & Resorts
Sales & Service: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Best Resort Worldwide:
The St. Regis Bora Bora

Travel Weekly Magellan Awards 2014

Silver Magellan Award:
Hospitality – Overall Loyalty Program

TTG Travel Awards 2014

The 25th Annual TTG Travel Awards 20 “Best Global Hotel Chain

TravelAge West WAVE
Best Travel Agent Support

For the fourth consecutive year, travel agents in the Western U.S. recognized us for outstanding support.

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National Association Of Career Travel Agents

  • 2013 NAButton Hotel Supplier of the Year
    Over 1800 NAButton Travel Professional members voted for Supplier of the Year in six categories - Starwood took home top honors.
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Travel Weekly Magellan Awards 2013

  • Gold Magellan Award
    Travel Agent/Agency Training Program Category: Starwood
  • Silver Magellan Award
    Web Marketing/Advertising Category: Starwood’s Aloft, Element and Four Points by Sheraton brands
  • Silver Magellan Award
    Travel Agent/Agency Promotional Video category: Starwood Resorts Campaign
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Travel Weekly Reader's Choice Awards

Readers of Travel Weekly, the national newspaper of the travel industry, voted for Starwood hotels and resorts in five categories including Best Hotel Chain Worldwide.

  • Best Hotel Chain Worldwide
  • Best Hotel / Resort Worldwide: St. Regis Bora Bora
  • Best Upper Upscale Brand: Westin
  • Best Hotel Chain in Hawaii and South Pacific: Starwood
  • Best Hotel Chain in Asia Pacific: Starwood
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Luxury Travel Advisor

  • Best New Luxury Hotel in North America: St. Regis Bal Harbour
    An exclusive panel of travel advisors handpicked each of the nominees and Luxury Travel Advisor readers cast the final votes.
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National Association Of Career Travel Agents

  • NAButton Land Based Supplier of the Year
  • NAButton Supplier of the Year
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Travel Weekly Magellan Awards

  • 2012 Gold Magellan Award
    Travel Agent/Agency |Training Program category: Starwood ProLearning Destination Module
  • 2012 Gold Magellan Award
    Travel Agent/Agency | Travel Agent Innovation category: Open House Travel Professional Education Initiative
  • 2012 Silver Magellan Award
    Hospitality | Advertising/Marketing Campaign category: "Reveal a World of Possibilities" Global Resort Campaign
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Travel Weekly Reader's Choice Awards

  • Best Hotel/Resort Worldwide: St. Regis Bora Bora
  • Best Upper Upscale Brand: Westin
  • Best Hotel Chain in Hawaii and South Pacific: Starwood
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