ASTA announced today the results of the 2007 Travel Industry Awards, sponsored by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, presented at ASTA’s annual meeting held during THETRADESHOW in Las Vegas. During ASTA’s Annual Meeting, Adam Goldstein, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, was presented the Allied Member of the Year Award for his outstanding contributions to the travel industry. Each year, ASTA acknowledges one of its Allied members for having positively impacted the travel agency community.

“Adam has been the president of Royal Caribbean International since February 2005 and is now CEO but has continued to serve not only his company but his community as well. Adam has served a number of roles within Royal Caribbean making him versatile and knowledgeable,” said Cheryl Hudak, CTC, ASTA president and CEO. “Adam’s dedication to the industry is apparent in all that he does, from his membership in ASTA to his work on behalf of Royal Caribbean. It is the support of people like Adam, his sales team and companies such as Royal Caribbean that allow travel agents and ASTA to thrive."

In his time with Royal Caribbean, Goldstein, who has been with the cruise line since 1988, has been involved in almost every aspect of the business, helping the company to grow and flourish. As president and CEO, some of his duties include: overseeing fleet operations, sales and marketing, Europe, Asia/Pacific, supply chain management, government and Royal Celebrity Tours.  Prior to his appointment, Goldstein served as Royal Caribbean’s executive vice president of brand operations from 2002 to 2005. Prior to 2002 he held the  positions of senior vice president, Total Guest Satisfaction; senior vice president, Marketing; vice president, Marketing; vice president, International Sales and Marketing; director, Market Development; and corporate secretary to Royal Caribbean’s Board of Directors.

Goldstein has served on the Board of Directors of the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA) and in 2001 he was the national chair of TIA. Goldstein also serves his community as chairman of the Board of Trustees of Our Kids Inc., a nonprofit with oversight responsibility for foster care and related services for approximately 5,000 children in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.

In 1998, Advertising Age named Goldstein as part of the “Marketing 100,” the magazine’s annual roundup of the best and brightest American and international marketing minds.

Goldstein graduated with honors from Princeton University, majoring in public policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He also has a law degree from Harvard and an MBA with distinction from INSEAD, the European business school in Fontainebleau, France. Goldstein and his wife, Cheryl, have two children, David and Julie, and live in Miami-Dade County, Fla.

The mission of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) is to facilitate the business of selling travel through effective representation, shared knowledge and the enhancement of professionalism. ASTA seeks a retail travel marketplace that is profitable and growing and a rewarding field in which to work, invest and do business.