Press Release

Goway Caught Up in Championship Fever, Wins Industry Awards Same Night as Raptors win NBA Title

June, 2019

They say good things come in threes and on June 13, 2019, Goway Travel saw three coast-to-coast wins for Toronto. Not only did the Toronto Raptors win the NBA Finals (a first for the only Canadian team in the league), but Goway, the Toronto-based tailor-made travel company, also won big at two incredible trade travel shows.

US West Coast trade publication, TravelAge West, hosted their WAVE Awards in Los Angeles, and as first-time attendees Goway was thrilled to win “Best Tour Operator: Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific,” with their VP Downunder Shirley Rourke in attendance to accept the award. That same night in Canada, Baxter Media hosted their second annual Agents’ Choice Awards in Toronto, and Goway triumphed as the agents’ top choice for “Asia-Pacific” as well as “Africa.” Goway’s (M)VP of Africa, Moira Smith, alongside Richelle Emefe, GM of the Idyllic Islands division, and most of the company’s leadership team were there to accept the award. Ontario-based Goway BDM Aubrey Schmidt was also recognized as a star Inside Sales Manager by his industry peers, and Goway was also a runner-up in several categories including “Adventure Operator” and “Air Consolidator.” Last year saw Baxter Media recognize Goway founder and president, Bruce Hodge, with a lifetime achievement award for his contributions to travel and travel agents.

Like the Raptors, Goway has been on the cutting edge, employing @home staff across the US and Canada in order to serve travel agents across North America. Echoing Raptor fever, which saw Toronto come to a complete standstill following the Game 6 win over Oakland’s Golden State Warriors, VP Marketing Adam Hodge explained that the “Raptors were always the underdogs, even when they were leading the series. But their fans supported them through the thick-and-thin for their incredible team spirit, hard work, and unwavering focus…for years. Raptors fans are equally famous for their enthusiasm and good spirit, and hail from all over the world. Goway won big on June 13th at two award shows because of a similar fan base. We wouldn’t be here without the incredible travel agent support and loyalty we have in the US and Canada, on top of the champions who make up our company from coast-to-coast. And yes, we even think of ourselves as underdogs. Hopefully we’ll be getting that Drake celebration track soon, too.”

For more information about Goway’s award-winning trips or for any inquiries, head to, email [email protected], or call 1-800-387-8850.

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