PRIDE Travel receives runner-up 2009 Trendsetter award -Best Community Service by magazine Travel Age West for contributions to the LGBTQ Community

Top Quote PRIDE Travel was awarded runner-up "Best Community Service" by TravelAge West magazine at this year's black-tie Wave Awards benefit dinner for exemplary contributions to The Center, a community services organization catering to the local and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Queer communities. PRIDE Travel is the first gay & lesbian travel agency to ever receive this honor. End Quote
    QuoteBeing able to personally meet and talk with industry moguls, such as Vicki Freed, was phenomenal; being invited to dine with them, inspiring.Quote
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA (1888PressRelease) June 11, 2009 - Marc Kassouf and PRIDE travel were nominated for their exemplary and continued contributions to the local Center of Long Beach. The Center, which provides extensive community and health programs to the local and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Queer community, has been the beneficiary of Marc's and PRIDE Travel's contributions individually and as a company for almost a decade.

    Contributions have helped the non-profit charitable organization raise in excess of $100,000 to supplement its annual budget enabling programs such as youth suicide prevention, health awareness and disease prevention, counseling and mentorship, elder-care, and numerous other local programs benefitting the community.

    The trendsetter award for best community involvement was conferred at the black tie annual TravelAge West WAVE awards ceremony Thursday the 4th of June at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills. The travel industry's top executives and experts were in attendance recognizing the best of the best in the industry. "Being able to personally meet and talk with industry moguls, such as Vicki Freed, was phenomenal," said an excited Samuel Nathan DePetris, COO of PRIDE Travel and long-time volunteer at the Center, adding that "being invited to dine with them at the awards benefit dinner was also inspiring."

    Accepting the award for PRIDE Travel was Marc Kassouf, its co-owner and CEO. Mr. Kassouf was quick to note that "although the award is awarded to one agent, the effort and contributions of Pride Travelís community service program is a partnership: most of the credit truly belongs to my co-owner, and manager Nathan DePetris, without whom none of this would have been possible." As a token of recognition, the award's sponsor Celebrity Cruises bestowed a seven night cruise for two to Alaska on one of its ships plying those waters. Mr. Kassouf and Mr. DePetris will take the cruise to celebrate this accomplishment and further enhance their knowledge of the varied and exotic Alaskan itineraries available to clients.

    About PRIDE Travel
    Pride Travel of Long Beach, California is a full service agency specializing in cruise, tour package, villa, and condo rentals. We also offer our community the full breadth of travel products and expertise. While we cater to the needs of Gays and Lesbians in the LGBTQ community, we are 'hetero friendly' and frequently book many individuals, couples, and families with children on trips and vacations worldwide. Pride Travel is an award-winning agency that has been recognized for our active participation and contributions to our local and LGBTQ communities. We also hold many travel industry certifications and accreditations, as well as official certification by destination and country visitorís bureaus; we are active members and certified by the Travel Institute, the Cruise Line Industry Association, and the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association.

    For more details about our credentials, please visit our website at and click on About Us or call at 562.432.3888.

    About Travel Age West
    TravelAge West is the leading trade magazine for travel agents and the travel industry in the 14 western states. Serving its 26,000 readers for 40 years, the biweekly magazine is a main source of news and product information for the regionís agents and travel executives. TravelAge West is a part of Northstar Travel Media LLC, a worldwide provider of information, news and data for the travel and hospitality industry. In addition to TravelAge West and Family Getaways, Northstarís portfolio of directories, periodicals and destination information services includes Travel Weekly, Hotel and Travel Index Worldwide, BTP24, Official Meeting Facilities Guide, Intelliguide Corporate, STAR Service Online, Weissmann Reports, Meetings and Conventions, T&E and Travel Professional.

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