The award was received during the first-ever virtual TravelAge West WAVE Awards. This is the fourth consecutive year Allianz Partners has been named the favourite travel insurance provider by travel advisors in the prestigious WAVE Awards.
More than 2,500 travel professionals throughout 15 Western states and readers of TravelAge West voted on the best of the best from a list of Editor’s Pick award recipients, who were chosen after careful review by the editorial team at TravelAge West. Review methods included product analysis, on-site visits, a survey of a select group of travel advisors, and online research. In addition to adapting the awards to a virtual platform, the editors of TravelAge West changed the focus of this year’s awards — putting the perseverance of the travel advisor community front and centre.
Honouring travel advisors during the pandemic
“WAVE Awards usually honour the great work of travel suppliers,” said Ken Shapiro, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of TravelAge West. “But this year – given how difficult a time it has been – we thought it was important to centre the awards around travel advisors instead by highlighting their inspiring stories of resilience and dedication. And, to their credit, travel companies were in total agreement with that decision.”
Normally, an in-person, black-tie dinner, the WAVE Awards is an annual highlight of the year’s travel industry events. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s live event was moved to a virtual platform, but still captured the tone and celebration of the live gala.
Allianz listens to its customers
“We’re thrilled to be recognised by the TravelAge West 2020 WAVE Awards as the best travel insurance provider for the fourth year in a row,” said Richard Aquino, Vice-President, Head of Sales at Allianz Partners. “We are delighted to be honoured with such a prestigious award as we continue to provide exceptional travel protection and be attentive to the needs of our customers.”
Supplier sponsors of the WAVE Awards included cruise lines, tour operators, airlines, car rental companies and hotels and resorts. The annual awards give travel advisors in the Western US the opportunity to recognise the outstanding qualities and services of their travel supplier partners.
Just recently, the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) recognised Allianz Partners as its 2020 Travel Insurance Partner of the Year. The award was determined by ASTA’s individual members, who voted to recognise the preferred partners that show dedication and support for ASTA and the travel advisor community.