AAA Honors Excellence in Travel Partners

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AAA Travel is honoring supplies for excellence in the travel industry, according to a March 24, 2010 press release from AAA. The largest leisure travel organization in the nation presented its 2009 Preferred Partner awards to 11 travel related companies for excellence in service, sales, marketing, product and technology.

AAA's 2009 Preferred Partner awards were announced at a special AAA Travel Partner Appreciation Dinner in Dalla, Texas on March 23, 2010. Partner of the Year Awards went to Air by Pleasant, Best Western International, Royal Caribbean International and General Tours World Traveler. AAA’s preferred partners offer exclusive benefits and discounts to AAA members.

Air by Pleasant, Best Western International, Royal Caribbean International and General Tours World Traveler were recognized as Partner of the Year in their respective product categories for providing the best overall experience for AAA travel agency customers.

Royal Caribbean International received a total of four awards in the cruise category,the most awards to go to any one company. Royal Caribbean's awards included Partner of the Year, Best in Marketing, Best in Service and Best in Sales Support.

“AAA is able to provide consumers with access to unmatched travel values via its strong industry partnerships,” said Doug Bower, vice president, AAA Travel. “The companies selected for this honor are setting the standard in providing our members and customers with premier travel experiences and outstanding service,” he said. AAA surveyed the association’s club travel agency executives, asking them to rate the 40 preferred travel partners in five categories: marketing, service, product, sales support and technology. Awards for all categories:

AAA 2009 Preferred Partner Awards

PARTNER OF THE YEAR
Air by Pleasant
Best Western International
Royal Caribbean International
General Tours World Traveler

BEST IN MARKETING
Cruise – Holland America Line
Hotel – Best Western International
Tour –Walt Disney Travel Company for AAA Vacations®

BEST IN SERVICE
Cruise – Royal Caribbean International
Hotel – Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
Tour – General Tours World Traveler

BEST IN PRODUCT
Cruise – Disney Cruise Line
Hotel – Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Tour –Walt Disney Travel Company for AAA Vacations®

BEST IN SALES SUPPORT
Cruise – Royal Caribbean International
Hotel – Best Western International
Tour – General Tours World Traveler

BEST IN TECHNOLOGY
Cruise – Royal Caribbean International
Hotel – Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
Tour – Travel Bound

For more information on AAA’s preferred partners or to book your next vacation, visit your local AAA Travel Agency or AAA.com.

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Written by Christine Nyholm
HULIQ.com

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