As reported on, the superstars of the travel industry were recently recognized by the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) during a convention in Washington D.C., and Israel’s Ministry of Tourism was recognized as the International Destination Partner of the Year.

ASTA feted frontline travel advisors and agency owners who go above and beyond in caring for their customers, as well as suppliers who are most supportive of the trade.

The awards were voted on by ASTA’s more than 9,600 members.

“As the national trade association for travel advisors and agencies of all business models, ASTA strives to promote excellence within the trade,” said ASTA President & CEO Zane Kerby. “Our annual global convention is the perfect time to recognize these best-in-class professionals and companies in front of their industry peers for their meaningful contributions to the travel industry.”