ONSITE: Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Honors Agents

Marina Del Rey, CA-On August 15, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company honored top-producing travel agents in the western U.S. at the Second Annual Travel Industry Awards Dinner at The Ritz-Carlton, Marina Del Rey. More than 200 top agents from the luxury community attended the fast-paced and entertaining event, which was hosted by Bruce Himelstein, the company's senior vice president of sales and marketing. Also in attendance were Simon Cooper, president and COO, and Georgia Kirsner, vice president of travel industry sales.

The award winners include:

Agency with the highest percentage of increase in room nights from 2006 to 2007: Tzell Travel West (Los Angeles), Sara Sessa

Agency with the highest percentage of increase in room nights and revenue from this year to last: ProTravel International (Brentwood), Mickey Weill

Agency with the highest ADR for 2007 year-to-date: Mint Lifestyle (Beverly Hills), Gordon MacGeachy

Agency with the most room nights for 2007 year-to-date: Casto Travel (San Francisco), Marc Casto

Agency with the highest percentage of increase ADR 2005 vs. 2006: Travel International (Beverly Hills), Yaye Karasawa

Agency with the highest Ritz-Carlton revenue 2006: Altour International (Los Angeles), Alexandre Chemla

Agency with the highest ADR for 2006: Mansour Travel (Beverly Hills), Bell de Souza

Agency with the highest percentage of increase of room nights and revenue 2005 vs. 2006: Travel Dynamics (La Jolla), Elaine San Juan

Agency with the most room nights for 2006: TravelStore (Los Angeles), Wido Schaefer

Top Individual Agent Awards

Altour Classic Cruise & Travel: Deborah Deming

Cassis Travel Service: Ken Bruce

TravelStore of Palos Verdes: Beverly Cherep

All Star Travel Group: David Odaka

Altour International: Ellien Landy

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