Travel Weekly's Weissmann among ASTA honorees

ArnieArnie Weissmann, Travel Weekly's editor in chief, was named ASTA's Travel Journalist of the Year at a presentation held during TheTradeShow in Orlando.

The award recognizes a journalist whose efforts have contributed to the promotion of the travel agent community. Weissmann also won in 1996.

"Arnie exemplifies what it means to be a travel journalist," said ASTA Chairman Chris Russo. "His dedication to the industry, his passion to uncovering the next big story and his ongoing support of travel agents is the reason he has twice been awarded ASTA's Travel Journalist of the Year."

Weissmann has been Travel Weekly's editor in chief since 2001. He founded Weissmann Travel Reports, the industry's first destination-information service, in 1986. Weissmann Reports today is owned by Northstar Travel Media, also the parent company of Travel Weekly.

Other Travel Weekly journalists to win the ASTA award are Alan Fredericks (1995), Fran Durbin (2000) and Nadine Godwin (2002).

Also at TheTradeShow, Kathy Sudeikis was inducted into the ASTA Hall of Fame. Sudeikis served as ASTA's national president and CEO from 2004 to 2006.

Prior to that, Sudeikis served as ASTA's national vice president for four years.

Sudeikis is vice president of corporate relations for All About Travel in Mission, Kan. A working travel agent, Sudeikis routinely appears in Travel + Leisure magazine as one of its "Super Travel Agent" recommendations.

In 2008, she was named ASTA's Travel Agent of the Year.

Jason Coleman, president of Jason Coleman Inc. in Los Angeles, won ASTA's Young Professional Award.

He launched the agency in 2006 with a cruise-oriented focus. Today, the agency specializes in a variety of theme groups and has experienced near triple-digit growth in the four years since its inception.

Bruce Charendoff won ASTA's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Charendoff, senior vice president of government and external affairs at Sabre Holdings, directed the successful campaign to deregulate the U.S. travel distribution industry. Deregulation occurred in 2004.

ASTA named Julius Robinson Allied Member of the Year. Robinson is vice president of global sales intermediaries for Marriott International.

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