Awards & Honours

2017 Gold List Finalist Luxury Travel Magazine

2017 Gold List Finalist
Luxury Travel Magazine

#3 ‘Best Luxury Travel Agency’ in Australia

Luxury Travel magazine’s 2017 Gold List Awards named Executive Edge Travel as the #3 ‘Best Luxury Travel Agency’ in Australia. The Gold List Awards recognises the finest worldwide operators in the international and domestic tourism industry and Executive Edge has consistently made this venerable list year after year – the last 6 years in a row commanding one of the top 4 spots. The best travel agency category is always hotly contested and we are thrilled to see our dedication to excellence acknowledged and appreciated by the national press.

‘2016 Virtuoso Nomination Director Yvonne Verstandig Outstanding Customer Service by a Travel Advisor’ in Australia

2016 Virtuoso Nomination
Director
Yvonne Verstandig
Outstanding Customer Service by a Travel Advisor

Virtuoso began a new award in 2016 at the annual Virtuoso Travel Week, the international luxury travel trade show hosting travel professionals from 98 countries for the most prominent luxury extravaganza of the year. Of these 11,400 Virtuoso luxury travel professionals around the world, only 7 were nominated for Virtuoso’s ‘Outstanding Customer Service’ award, including our very own Yvonne Verstandig. A global honour. The agencies and advisors were originally nominated in a Peer to Peer award nomination process and then selection was narrowed down to 7 finalists based on the original nominations, both quality and quantity. Congratulations to Yvonne on this extraordinary acknowledgement by her peers in the global industry which reinforce her absolute dedication to customer service with both suppliers and clients.

‘2016 Virtuoso Nomination Director Yvonne Verstandig Outstanding Customer Service by a Travel Advisor’ in Australia

Lizard Island Ambassador Agent
Executive Edge has been named a Lizard Island Ambassador Agent, a rare honour bestowed by the General Manager of Lizard Island to those luxury travel agencies who are great supporters of this special island in Queensland.

Located directly on the Great Barrier Reef, Lizard Island has 24 powdery-white beaches for only 40 rooms offering fully inclusive luxury stays, gourmet food and wine, and spectacular blue island views with the best diving on the planet in this magical UNESCO site.

#4 ‘Best Luxury Travel Agency’ in Australia

2016 Gold List Finalist
Luxury Travel Magazine

#4 ‘Best Luxury Travel Agency’ in Australia

Luxury Travel’s 2016 Gold List Awards voted Executive Edge Travel the #4 ‘Best Luxury Travel Agency’ in Australia. 2016 marks the 5th year in a row that Executive Edge has finished in the top 4 in the country. Every year, Luxury Travel magazine, the most prestigious leisure travel magazine in Australia for the luxury traveller, opens voting to readers for its annual Gold List Awards. The winners of the best in luxury travel in Australia and from overseas are selected across 35 categories from reader votes, including luxury properties, cruises, rail journeys, travel professionals, and travel experiences. The Gold List Awards recognises the crème de la crème in the international and domestic tourism industry and represents a great honour to be highlighted as a finalist.

Winner - Most Admired Advisor  ‘Australia/New Zealand’ Virtuoso Gala Awards 2014

Winner – Most Admired Advisor
‘Australia/New Zealand’
Virtuoso Gala Awards 2014

Director Yvonne Verstandig was voted Virtuoso’s ‘Most Admired Advisor for Australia/New Zealand’ at the annual Virtuoso Gala Awards in Las Vegas at Virtuoso Travel Week. The 2014 Virtuoso Gala Awards ceremony brought together 2,668 attendees from the upper echelon of the travel industry, including Virtuoso advisors, hotels and resorts, cruise lines, tour operators, preferred destinations and tourism boards, airlines, on-sites and specialty services. The event honored the most innovative, revered and top-performing travel agencies and advisors throughout the United States, Australia and Latin America, as well as the network’s global portfolio of the world’s best travel partners. Virtuoso award winners are determined by peer votes from this elite collective of industry suppliers. This extraordinary individual accolade solidifies Yvonne’s position as a top professional within the global Virtuoso network.

#2 ‘Best Luxury Travel Agency’ in Australia

2015 Gold List Finalist
Luxury Travel Magazine

#2 ‘Best Luxury Travel Agency’ in Australia

Luxury Travel’s 2015 Gold List Awards voted Executive Edge Travel the #2 ‘Best Luxury Travel Agency’ in Australia. Luxury Travel is Australia’s premier travel and lifestyle magazine and the only one exclusively devoted to luxury travel. Beginning in 2005 to recognize the best in the international and domestic luxury tourism industry, the prestigious Gold List Awards have grown to include 35 categories and hundreds of hotels, resorts, boutique properties, cruises, rail journeys, gourmet experiences and adventure travel. Executive Edge has consistently made the Gold List year after year and moved up to an unprecedented #2 in the entire country in 2015, even beating out the big agencies in Sydney. After 11 years, Luxury Travel magazine’s annual Gold List Awards continue to be the only Australian-based awards specifically for the luxury sector of the travel industry.

Luxury Travel Magazine 2014 Gold Finalist

2014 Gold List Finalist
Luxury Travel Magazine

#1 ‘Best Luxury Travel Agency’
in Victoria
#3 ‘Best Luxury Travel Agency’
in Australia

Luxury Travel’s 2014 Gold List Awards voted Executive Edge Travel the #1 ‘Best Luxury Travel Agency’ in Victoria for the third year in a row and #3 in Australia. 2014 marked the 10th anniversary of the prestigious Gold List Awards that have become synonymous with the very best in the industry.

Luxury Travel is Australia’s premier travel and lifestyle magazine and the only one exclusively devoted to luxury travel. The Gold List Awards are the most comprehensive luxury travel survey undertaken by an Australian magazine, voted for by thousands of discerning readers.

2013 Gold List Finalist Luxury Travel Magazine

2013 Gold List Finalist
Luxury Travel Magazine

#1 ‘Best Luxury Travel Agency’
in Victoria
#4 ‘Best Luxury Travel Agency’
in Australia

Luxury Travel’s 2013 Gold List Awards voted Executive Edge Travel the #1 ‘Best Luxury Travel Agency’ in Victoria for the second year in a row and #4 in Australia. Luxury Travel is Australia’s most prestigious travel magazine and its 2013 Gold List Awards was the most comprehensive luxury travel survey ever undertaken by an Australian magazine, voted for by thousands of discerning readers. The Gold List Awards recognises the best of the tourism industry. Only premium products are considered worthy for these accolades as finalists, with winners setting the benchmark.

Virtuoso Most Admired Advisor & Most Innovative Advisor Virtuoso Gala Awards 2013

Most Admired Advisor
& Most Innovative Advisor
Virtuoso Gala Awards 2013

For the annual Virtuoso Travel Week 2013 Gala Awards in Las Vegas, the travel industry’s Oscars, Director Yvonne Verstandig was nominated in two categories – ‘Most Admired Advisor in Australia/New Zealand’ and also ‘Most Innovative Advisor’ worldwide. Virtuoso Travel Week is attended by over 4,000 of the finest travel providers on the planet – airlines, cruise lines, destinations, hotels, tour operators, on-site services, and speciality companies. Only five Travel Designers made the shortlist for ‘Most Admired Advisor’ and only six made the shortlist for ‘Most Innovative Advisor’ from the entire Virtuoso network. Even more incredible, Yvonne was the only Travel Designer to be individually nominated in two categories.

2012 Gold List Finalist Luxury Travel Magazine

2012 Gold List Finalist Luxury Travel Magazine

#1 ‘Best Luxury Travel Agency’
in Victoria
#3 ‘Best Luxury Travel Agency’
in Australia

Luxury Travel Magazine’s 2012 Gold List Awards voted Executive Edge Travel the #1 ‘Best Luxury Travel Agency’ in Victoria and #3 in Australia. Luxury Travel Magazine is Australia’s premier travel and lifestyle magazine and the only one devoted exclusively to luxury travel. The Gold List Awards are the ultimate voter survey conducted in Australia for luxury travel.

Mandarin Oriental 2010 Fan Award for Top Performing Agent

Mandarin Oriental 2010 Fan Award for Top Performing Agent

Most Innovative Advisor Virtuoso Gala Awards 2012

Most Innovative Advisor Virtuoso Gala Awards 2012

Director Yvonne Verstandig was not only nominated but shortlisted as one of the five ‘Most Innovative Advisors’ in the entire Virtuoso network at the annual Virtuoso Travel Week 2012 Gala Awards in Las Vegas. Virtuoso Travel Week is attended by over 4,000 of the finest travel providers on the planet – airlines, cruise lines, destinations, hotels, tour operators, on-site services, and speciality companies. This extraordinary honour was awarded by these industry suppliers reflecting the respect Yvonne has earned throughout the travel industry and global Virtuoso network.

Singapore Airlines Awards

Singapore Airlines

Victoria & Tasmania Top Producing Agent Award for
2013-2014
2012–2013
2011–2012
2010-2011
2009-2010
2008-2009

Luxury Travel Magazine’s Gold List 2009 Gold List Top 20 Travel Professionals in Australia 2008 Gold List Top 20 Travel Professionals in Australia

Luxury Travel Magazine’s Gold List

Gold List Top 20 Travel Professionals in Australia
2009
2008

Club Med Awards

Club Med

#3 Victoria Top Selling Agency 2012
#2 Top Selling Agency 2011
#2 Top Selling Agency 2010
#1 Top Selling Agency 2009
#2 Top Selling Agency 2008

Top Selling Agent Victoria
Yvonne Verstandig
2012
2010

Qantas Awards

Qantas Platinum Club

2013/2014
2012/2013
2011/2012
2010/2011
2009/2010
2008/2009