ASTA Names Christopher Elliott Journalist of the Year

Published on : Tuesday, October 18, 2016

ASTAThe American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) has named Christopher Elliott its journalist of the year in recognition of his advocacy work on behalf of travelers and the travel agency community.

Elliott is an author, consumer advocate and nationally syndicated columnist whose work appears in Money magazine, The Washington Post and USA Today.

“Christopher Elliott has always put consumers first with his steadfast advocacy, and regularly champions the valuable role travel agents play in today’s travel marketplace” said ASTA President and CEO Zane Kerby. “ASTA’s emphasis on consumer awareness and support for travel agency clients made this year’s Journalist of the Year an easy decision.”

It’s the first time in the Journalist of the Year award has gone to a consumer advocate. Kerby says the honor is long overdue, noting that as travel agents sharpen their focus on clients, ASTA must recognize those who advocate for travelers alongside them.

“Elliott has a distinguished record of protecting consumers,” he adds. “At the same time, he never misses an opportunity to promote the value of working with a qualified travel agent. For Chris, agents are fellow consumer advocates, and that comes through in his stories.”

Elliott is the reader advocate for Money magazine, where he writes a weekly column called “Problem Solved.” He also pens a weekly column called “The Navigator” for The Washington Post’s Sunday Travel section and writes the “On Travel” column for USA Today. In addition, Elliott’s “Travel Troubleshooter” is nationally syndicated through King Features Syndicate.

Elliott is also the co-founder of Travelers United, a Washington nonprofit group that advocates for travelers. He publishes a daily blog at Elliott.org that helps thousands of travelers with often intractable travel problems.

ASTA’s Journalist of the Year award is chosen by the ASTA staff in consultation with its 26-member Chapter Presidents Council.

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