Richmond, VA, October 12, 2021 — Travel insurance and assistance company Allianz Partners has swept both travel insurance categories at the 2021 Travel Age West WAVE awards. Allianz Partners was named the Travel Insurance Company with the Best Travel Advisor Support and the Travel Insurance Company with the Highest Client Satisfaction at the 2021 WAVE Awards hosted by TravelAge West on Thursday, October 7th in Marina del Rey, California. This is the fifth consecutive year that Allianz Partners has been named a top travel insurance provider in the prestigious WAVE Awards.
Now in its 16th year, the WAVE Awards are an annual highlight of the year’s travel industry events and recognize the outstanding qualities and services of travel supplier partners. More than 2,500 travel professionals throughout 15 Western states and readers of TravelAge West voted on the best of the best from a number of categories including best airlines, cruises, resorts, and tourism boards from a list of Editor’s Pick award recipients, which 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.
“The travel industry is finally emerging from a very challenging time, and we want to help our readers acknowledge the companies that have stood by advisors and supported travel no matter what,” said Kenneth Shapiro, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of TravelAge West. “We were also excited to bring back the in-person awards dinner this fall. The WAVE Awards have become a pillar of the tourism industry in the West, and it was great to see our partners and celebrate the return of travel with them.”
During a black-tie dinner at The Ritz-Carlton, Marina Del Rey on October 7, Editor’s Pick recipients were honored for their achievements and TravelAge West will feature a special WAVE Awards section in the November 8 issue, highlighting award winners.
“The TravelAge West WAVE Awards have always celebrated the best of the best, and we’re honored to sweep the travel insurance categories this year,” said Richard Aquino, Vice President, Head of Sales at Allianz Partners. “As travel makes a comeback after a challenging 18 months, we’re humbled to be selected as the travel insurance company with the highest client satisfaction and best travel advisor support.”
For a full list of this year’s WAVE Award recipients, visit https://www.travelagewest.com/Wave/Winners.
About TravelAge West
TravelAge West is the leading trade media outlet for travel advisors and the travel industry in the 15 Western U.S. states. Serving more than 21,000 readers for 52 years, the brand is a main source of news and product information for the region’s agents and travel executives. TravelAgeWest.com is a two-time winner of a Gold Award from the North American Travel Journalists Association for Best Travel Journalism Website. TravelAge West is a part of Northstar Travel Group LLC, a worldwide provider of information, news and data for the travel and hospitality industry. Northstar Travel Group is based in Secaucus, N.J.
About Allianz Partners
Allianz Partners (AGA Service Company) is a leading consumer specialty insurance and assistance company with operation centers in 35 countries. In the United States, the company offers Allianz Travel-branded travel protection plans and serves millions of customers each year. In addition to travel insurance, the company offers tuition insurance, event ticket protection, registration protection for endurance events and unique travel assistance services such as international medical assistance and concierge services. The company also serves as an outsource provider for in-bound call center services and claims administration for property and casualty insurers and credit card companies.
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