Travel industry magazine Travel Age West nominates PRIDE Travel and Marc Kassouf as finalist in 2009 Trendsetters award for Best Community Involvement

Top Quote PRIDE Travel one of only two nominees for 2009 Trend Setters award -Best Community Involvement by TravelAge West magazine; the award is scheduled to be conferred in June. The nomination of Owner Marc Kassouf and PRIDE Travel is for exemplary contributions to The Center, a community services organization catering to the local and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Queer communities. End Quote
    QuoteIt is such an honor even to be nominated for this prestigous award." said Marc Kassouf, pointing out that "Winning will be a nice 'Bonus'.Quote
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA (1888PressRelease) May 16, 2009 - As one of only two nominees, Marc R Kassouf, CEO of PRIDE Travel is already assured to win either the top award for Best Community Involvement Program or the runner up award. "It is such an honor even to be nominated for this prestigous award." said Mr Kassouf, pointing out that "Winning will be a nice 'bonus'." The trendsetters award for best community involvement will be conferred at the black tie annual TravelAge West WAVE awards ceremony in June at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills. The travel industry's top executives and experts will be in attendance recognizing the best of the best in the industry.

    Mr. 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. Samuel Nathan DePetris, COO of PRIDE Travel and long-time volunteer at the Center added "It's gratifying that our efforts in the LGBTQ community are being considered for the award; we are honored."

    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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