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Smithsonian Journeys Travel Adventures Now Preferred with announced the winners of the fourth annual Power of the Partnership (POP) awards during the closing General Session of the 12th International Conference and Trade Show. Power of the Partnership honors go to top producers, highest-rated suppliers and most prolific EZguider users.

John Lovell,’s vice president of sales and industry relations, and Stephen McGillivray, vice president of marketing and public relations, handed out the awards honoring top member agencies and Preferred Suppliers before more than 1,200 attendees at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort & Convention Center.

The 2010 Agency Awards were presented to eight agencies in two categories: Chairman's Award for the highest Preferred Supplier sales, and President's Award for the largest Preferred Supplier sales growth in three revenue categories.

2010 Chairman's Award

U.S. Agency –

Canadian Agency – Robert Q Travel

2010 President's Award

U.S. Agencies— Gulliver's Travel Southpark Mall, Holiday Systems International, and Your Magical Vacations

Canadian Agencies— BMQ Travel Group, Travel Last Minute, Travel Place International

The supplier POP awards recognize those Preferred Suppliers that consistently meet and exceed the needs of member agencies. The awards are voted on solely by members. “The voting this year was close, with many Preferred Supplier receiving excellent overall scores,” said McGillivray. 

The 2010 POP awards were bestowed upon 17 companies in eight categories.

Airline/Air Consolidator Partner of the Year

Virgin Atlantic Airways

Car Partner of the Year


Contemporary Cruise Partner of the Year

Royal Caribbean International

Premium Cruise Partner of the Year

Celebrity Cruises

Luxury Cruise Partner of the Year

Crystal Cruises

Specialty Cruise Partner of the Year

Viking River Cruises

Hotel/Resort Partner of the Year


U.S. Insurance Partner of the Year

Travel Guard

U.S. Rail/Ground Operator Partner of the Year


U.S. Escorted Tour Operator Partner of the Year

Globus family of brands

U.S. Packaged Tour Operator Partner of the Year

Travel Impressions

U.S. Specialty Operator Partner of the Year

CIE Tours

Canada Air/Air Consolidator Partner of the Year

Intair/Fun Sun

Canada Insurance Partner of the Year


Canada Escorted Tour Operator Partner of the Year

Globus family of brands

Canada Packaged Tour Operator Partner of the Year

WestJet Vacations

Canada Specialty Operator Partner of the Year

Rocky Mountaineer

POP awards were also handed out to recognize the top agencies that have demonstrated a commitment to EZguider,’s leisure-booking platform that allows members to search, compare and book tours, cruises, air and insurance from one source.

The Charter Booker Award was presented to top agencies that are transacting a substantial amount of their overall business through EZguider, while the 1,000 Club Award was given to an agency that has made at least 1,000 bookings through the tool.

EZguider Award Winners

1,000 Club Award – Online Vacation Center

Charter Booker Award – Advantage Cruises & Tours

Charter Booker Award – Bluegreen Travel Services

Charter Booker Award – St Lucie West Travel

Charter Booker Award – Travel Planners International

Agents can visit to learn more about the benefits offers and to try the Benefits Calculator to discover the financial value of membership.

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