The winners of The 2014 Magellan Awards have been announced by Travel Weekly. With entries from across the US and around the world, the Magellan Awards is the premier awards program honoring the best in the travel industry.
Galveston.com, the official website of Galveston Island tourism, captured the Gold Award for the Travel Destinations: Website category.
Galveston.com features a fully-interactive Galveston Island Calendar of Events, which allows users to not only view full event detail, but to share that information with friends, download to personal and web-based calendars (including Yahoo!, Windows Live, Google, and Facebook), subscribe for email updates as event details change, text yourself, and more.
Other popular features of Galveston.com include live Island webcams; full attraction, shopping, cuisine, and lodging guides; Galveston real estate listings; Galveston employment listings; meeting planning and services; live user-generated Instagrams, and more.
Galveston.com captured Silver in the 2013, 2012, 2009, and 2008 Magellan Awards.Galveston.com Blogs was awarded Gold in 2011, and Galveston.com Mobile received Silver in 2012.
The website is produced in conjunction with The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, a Galveston.com & Company partner since 2000.
Please visit www.travelweeklyawards.com to view this year’s award winners.
"This year's Magellan Award winners have once again impressed the judges with their creativity and sense of style," said Arnie Weissmann, editor-in-chief of Travel Weekly. He added, "The recipients of the Magellans truly represent the best of the industry, and their accomplishments are inspiring."
The Magellan Awards are judged and overseen by a one-of-a-kind panel of top travel professionals representing the best names and most accomplished leaders from the industry. The judging panel for Travel Weekly Magellan Awards included: Peter Greenberg, Travel Editor for The Early Show - CBS News; Patricia Schultz, author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die; Marc Mancini, president of Marc Mancini Seminars and Consulting; travel blogger Johnny Jet; Rudy Maxa, PBS Host of Rudy Maxa's World; Rob Kwortnik, PhD and Professor, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration; Richard Bangs, Executive Producer and Host, Richard Bangs' Quests; Jean-Claude Baumgarten, CEO, Crewe Assoc. and former CEO, World Travel and Tourism Council; and Bruce Beckham, Executive Director / CEO, Tourism Cares.
In determining winners, entries do not compete with one another, instead they are judged against a standard of excellence based on the long experience of Travel Weekly. To uphold this high standard of excellence, a category may have multiple winners, or may have no winners at all. Entries are evaluated on a ten point performance scale. The highest scoring entries will be selected as winners of Gold Magellan Awards, the very top honor. Other outstanding entries were awarded the Silver Magellan Award.
"All of us at Galveston.com & Company are thrilled to be honored with this win," said Jim Cordell, Vice-President . "I think to be mentioned in the same paragraph marketing-wise with this list of winners is a designation we at Galveston.com & Company find truly humbling. We greatly appreciate this recognition by such a reputable organization as Travel Weekly."
Visit www.travelweeklyawards.com/awards/judging/ for more information on judging.
About The Travel Weekly Magellan Awards:
The Magellan Awards is the premier award for the travel industry. From design to marketing to services, the Travel Weekly Magellan Awards honors the best in travel and salutes the outstanding travel professionals behind it all.
Honoring a broad range of industry segments including Hotels and Resorts, Travel Destinations, Cruise Lines, Online Travel Services, Airlines and Airports, Travel Agents and Agencies, Tour Operators and Car Rental Companies, the Magellan is the award to win if you are in the business of travel.
Please visit www.travelweeklyawards.com for more information.