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IITA Announces 2017 Stanley Awards Winners

February 25, 2017 Accolades No Comments Email Email

The International Inbound Travel Association (IITA) is proud to recognize excellence in the international inbound community through the presentation of the annual Stanley Awards. Winners were announced during the 2017 IITA Summit, February 5-8. The awards dinner was hosted by Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast at the Oak Crest Mansion Inn.

The recipient of the Stanley Fisher Outstanding Travel Professional of the Year Award is:

  •  Etty Scaglia – Accent on Dining

“The Outstanding Travel Professional of the Year Award was deservedly awarded to Etty Scaglia –   she has worked tirelessly to advance the inbound industry – both by enhancing the experience for international visitors through creative culinary products and her extensive volunteer work for IITA,” said IITA Chairman Gary Schluter, of Rocky Mountain Holiday Tours. “Etty serves on our Board of Directors and has co-chaired the Events Committee for the past few years which is responsible for producing our annual Summit. She is a true champion for IITA and advocate for inbound travel.”

The 2017 Stanley Award Winners for outstanding organizations working in the international inbound travel industryare:

Award for Excellence in Sales and Marketing:

  • Hotels: Starwood Hotels and Resorts
  • Non-Hotels: Accent on Dining

Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Operations:

  • Hotels: Wyndham Hotel Group
  • Non-Hotels: Broadway Inbound

Chairman’s Award for Cooperating with IITA Inbound Operators:

  • Hotels: Starwood Hotels and Resorts
  • Non-Hotels: St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches VCB

“We congratulate each of these organizations for their outstanding achievements and demonstrating excellence in their respective categories,” Schluter said. “We value their partnership and recognize them for performing above and beyond on behalf of our industry.”

The IITA Stanley Awards were named in honor of Stanley Fisher, founder of Allied Tours and recognized as a founder of the U.S. inbound industry. Fisher himself was recognized by the U.S. Travel Association (then Travel Industry Association of America)) as a U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders recipient in 1992. Stanley Fisher’s contribution to the creation of the U.S. inbound/receptive industry cannot be overstated. As a board member of the U.S. National Tourism Organization, Fisher was a leading voice for receptive tour operators in the United States. The Stanley Awards are given to today’s industry leaders…leaders that promote excellence and professionalism in the international inbound market.

The International Inbound Travel Association (IITA) is a national nonprofit trade association representing the U.S. inbound travel industry, promoting professional excellence, and creating a collaborative atmosphere for all companies and entities involved in the U.S. inbound travel industry. For more information about IITA, visit or on Facebook (

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