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The PortadaLat Awards have announced the 2017 Travel-oriented Award nominees. Voting is open through May 19 to determine the winners of two categories: Top Travel Marketing Campaign and “Viajero Inteligente” Business Traveler Award. Below are the 15 shortlisted nominees. Peer-to-Peer recognition is a foundation of the PortadaLat Awards and it's up to you to vote on which candidates move on to the finalist round. Check out the nominees and vote for your favorite now!


The PortadaLat Awards have announced the 2017 Travel-oriented Award nominees. Voting is open through May 19 to determine the winners of two categories: Top Travel Marketing Campaign and “Viajero Inteligente” Business Traveler Award. Below are the 15 shortlisted nominees. Peer-to-Peer recognition is a foundation of the PortadaLat Awards and it’s up to you to vote which candidates win. Check out the nominees and vote for your favorite now!

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‘Viajero Inteligente’ Business Traveler Award

Individual business travelers, including journalists, as well as companies. The nominees explain why and how traveling to Latin America has substantially helped them to get new ideas/perspectives to grow personally and in business.

Ian Mader

Ian MaderIan Mader is the Associated Press Florida news editor based in Miami. His Spanish skills and his international experience are an asset to AP’s coverage of the cosmopolitan state of Florida.


Ignacio Cassinelli

Ignacio CassinelliSocial Media Maven and Soccer Expert Ignacio Cassinelli was born in Latin America (Uruguay). Cassinelli’s thorough understanding of the Latin American sports fans are a very important asset he uses as a key executive at Charlotte, NC, based AC&M Group.

Las Travel Blogueras

Las Travel BloguerasAmanda from “Las Travel Blogueras” is a globe trotter, she’s constantly traveling, not only for campaigns and coverage but for inspiration and motivational as well. She moved to Mexico as a student to learn Spanish, and also participated in an abroad program in Ecuador where she lived there to immerse in the culture. With her friend Andrea from Argentina, their blog “Las Travel Blogueras” has taken off as a top US Hispanic social platform to share experiences from all over Latin America and the USA with a Latino twist. Traveling has definitely helped her get new ideas and perspectives to grow personally and in business.

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Layla Caballero

Layla CaballeroMedia executive Layla Caballero has extensive sales and operational leadership experience defining and developing business opportunities in both traditional and new media environments. Her Latin American background and passion have been an asset for her career in multicultural media.

Mariana Ferrari

Mariana FerrariI have an online education platform. I publish a video every week called HappyMonday. However, the way to really grow my business is to visit my top markets (Mexico, Spain, Argentina) and meeting my fans and followers. When I do that, I get to understand exactly what is it that they really need to overcome in order to move a step forward in their lives. In one of my visits last year to Madrid, I realized that the one key thing that Latin’s fear is to be criticized.

So, I did to videos (one celebrating my birthday from Madrid and talking about the city and one speaking about how to overcome the fear of being criticized.

Accomplish your dreams (video from Spain) which mix travel tips with personal development tips:

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Myriam Marquez

Myriam MarquezMyriam Márquez is the executive editor of el Nuevo Herald, the largest Spanish-language daily in the U.S. Born in Havana, where her mother taught school and her father shuttled tourists around in his taxi, Márquez’s life in Cuba came to an abrupt halt when Fidel Castro seized power. Márquez, who began her career as a local news reporter, found her niche in sharing views as a columnist and editorial writer, exposing wrongs, advocating for the rights of all citizens and sharing tales through the lens of a bilingual, bicultural experience.

Top Travel Marketing Campaign – Presented by HSMAI

Brands and their agencies (Brand/Agency) who have done campaigns promoting travel and hospitality related services. The campaign should have targeted audiences in the U.S. and/or audiences in Latin America over the last 12 months. Please provide information about brand/agency, objective/media (earned and paid) as well as the results of the campaign.

“Discover Your Aloha” Hawaii Tourism / Expedia

“Discover Your Aloha” Hawaii Tourism / ExpediaThe Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) and Expedia joined forces on a travel marketing campaign, promoting vacations in the Hawaiian Islands with new facial-recognition software. Titled “Discover Your Aloha,” the campaign made use of a microsite,, that offers users a chance to view drone video footage captured in the Islands. As the video plays, the site’s facial-recognition software, developed specifically for the campaign, identifies which imagery elicits the most positive response from the viewer.
A facial recognition algorithm then identifies the viewer’s personal preferences and creates customized travel recommendations within Hawaii. Site users can then book a personalized vacation package that offers discounts of up to 50%, including exclusive offers from participating Hawaii hotels.
The yearlong campaign, launched Sept. 26, functions on desktop and mobile devices and is aimed at consumers across the U.S. Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, with promotional advertising running on Expedia,, Orbitz and Travelocity.

brands travel/ visit Houston

brands travel/ visit houstonBrands Travel has been in charge of the development of a fully integrated marketing campaign to create awareness of Houston as a leisure destination, increasing overall inbound travel from Mexico as its leading international market.

As the marketing agency of record for Mexico and Latin America, Brands Travel has worked with Visit Houston in the development of a fully integrated marketing campaign; named HOLA HOUSTON that includes branding, social media, PR, content, special events and media, with the objective to generate both offline and online awareness as a leisure destination.
As a result, visitors from Mexico have surpassed the 2 million mark. Additionally, social media has exponentially grown 450% in the past year.

We integrated a social media influencer strategy, generating more than 10 million impressions on a target market and over 2 million USD in media ROI.

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