ASTA seeks candidates for its Entrepreneur of the Year award, which carries a cash prize of $10,000 for the winner. Applications must be submitted before the end of June.
The competition is open to travel agents, agency managers, suppliers and other industry players.
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Nominations for the award must be received no later than June 30. Entrants must provide a narrative statement no longer than 500 words, a video describing their product or service no longer than 5 minutes, and certification that they can participate in the remaining portions of the competition.
From there, ASTA will evaluate the applicants and choose five semi-finalists. ASTA will use eight benchmarks to assess participants: sustainability, evolution, experiential travel, proven impact, conservation, marketing, growth and technology. More information on each is available online.
On July 27, the semi-finalists will participate in a Facebook Live session and viewers will choose the top three.
These three finalists will take the stage at the ASTA World Convention in San Francisco, scheduled for August 24-26. They will have three minutes to make a pitch, and the audience will choose the winner.
The award, sponsored by the Dan and Gloria Bohan Foundation, was established in 2015. It was suspended for two years and returns in 2022.