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PRIDE Travel’s Kassouf Nominated for TrendSetter Award: Community Service
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Monday, May 31, 2010

For the second year in a row, industry magazine TravelAge West has nominated PRIDE Travel's Marc R. Kassouf for its prestigious TrendSetters Award in the category of Best Community Service Effort. As one of only two finalists being nominated Kassouf , is already assured to win either the top TrendSetter award for Best Community Service Effort, or the runner up award. "To even be nominated for this amazing award is an honor in itself" said Mr. Kassouf, pointing out that "Winning would be a nice 'bonus'." The TrendSetter awards are slated to be conferred at the black tie annual TravelAge West WAVE awards ceremony being held mid-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 travel sector.

Mr. Kassouf and PRIDE travel were nominated again this year for their exemplary and continued contributions to the local Center of Long Beach and its youth suicide prevention program. 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 "We are gratified that our efforts towards such a worthwhile program and organization are being considered for the award; we are once again deeply honored." Most recently, PRIDE Travel's continued support contributed to the success of the 'Mentoring Youth Through Empowerment' youth program which targets at-risk and suicidal gay children. Kassouf and PRIDE Travel's efforts directly supported the program which saved the lives of an estimated eight children this past year.

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 region's 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, Northstar's 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.



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 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 numerous travel industry certifications and accreditations, as well as official certification by destination and country visitors' bureaus; we are active members and certified by the Travel Institute, the Cruise Line Industry Association, and the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association. Original travel articles and content is contributed regularly and distributed at our blog,

PRIDE Travel's media page can be located at
http://www.expertclick.com/19-3675. For more details about our credentials, please visit our website at www.pride.travel and click on About Us or contact Mr. Marc R. Kassouf, Owner & CEO, at 562.432.3888 or via email at media2@pride.travel. Pride Travel, Mr. Kassouf and Mr. S. Nathan DePetris, Owner & COO, welcome your inquiries regarding interviews, speaking engagements, and other media collaboration

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