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Posted by on May 28, 2010 in Asia, News & Press Releases |

PRIDE Travel Receives Telly Award for Amazing Thailand Commercial, Marking Second Award

PRIDE Travel Receives Telly Award for Amazing Thailand Commercial, Marking Second Award

telly awardsIn announcing the winners of the 31st Annual Telly Awards, the Silver Council recognized PRIDE Travel with one of its highest awards, a bronze Telly Award, for the independent in-house. The commercial was produced in-house by PRIDE Travel’s owner and CEO Marc R. Kassouf using only readily-available media tools found on a standard office PC. The original footage was provided by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and Mr. Kassouf initiated the project last year in order to promote the destination with a short commercial video at trade shows and events, and add it to other similar destination videos. “We’re very excited that PRIDE Travel has won a Telly for the Amazing Thailand commercial” said Kassouf, adding “this makes the second major creative industries award that the video has won, including a Gold Davey Award last year. The Amazing Thailand commercial is available for online viewing on YouTube directly via the following URL :

thailandBoth Kassouf and S. Nathan DePetris, PRIDE Travel’s co-owner and Chief Operations Officer are certified Thailand Golden Agents, having completed the official training and accreditation program set by the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Mr. Kassouf and Mr. DePetris have traveled to Thailand, most recently in March 2010 to Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Ko Chang and Pattaya by invitation of the Thai government.  For three decades, the Telly Awards statuette has been a symbol of creative excellence in the audio visual medium, heralded by many in the industry as the pinnacle of achievement. The Telly Awards receives over 13,000 entries annually from the finest advertising agencies, production companies, TV stations, cable companies, and corporations in the world. Being selected for recognition is recognized as a remarkable achievement.


The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the Web.Since 1978, the mission of the Telly Award’s Silver Council’s has been to strengthen the visual arts community by inspiring, promoting, and supporting creativity. Last year, the 30th Annual Telly Awards received over 13,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents.The Silver Council is a membership based division of the Telly Awards. Members are top advertising and production professionals that have won a Silver Telly in the past, have applied for membership to the council and have been accepted, and comprise the judging panel for the Telly Awards.




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 For more details about our credentials, please visit our website at and click on About Us or contact Mr. Marc R. Kassouf, Owner & CEO, at 562.432.3888 or via email at Pride Travel, Mr. Kassouf and Mr. S. Nathan DePetris, Owner & COO, welcome your inquiries regarding interviews, speaking engagements, and other media collaboration