Laguna Beach Mobile App Snags Silver Magellan Award

The Magellan Award is like the Oscars of the travel industry …

Travel Weekly announced the winners of the 2012 Magellan Awards. With entries from across the U.S. and around the world, the Magellan Award winners represent the best in the travel industry and salute the outstanding travel professionals behind it all.

The Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau received the only silver Magellan Award for Best Mobile App for a Destination.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award.  Spearheading a mobile app for Laguna Beach had been on our radar for more than a year.  Working with Phondini Partners as our app developer and in cooperation with the City of Laguna Beach and our Board of Directors, it came to fruition,” said Judith Bijlani, President & CEO of the Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau. The gold Magellan was given to Visit California completing the category sweep for the State.

“When we partnered with the Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau and the City of Laguna Beach for this project, we knew we were on to something special,” said Joe Falcone, CTO & Managing Partner of Phondini Partners. “This award recognizes the value that we’ve added to this community for both tourists and locals alike!”

TravelWeeklyMagellanAwardsReceiving over 550 entries, the Magellan awards is the premier awards program honoring a broad range of industry segments including Hotels and Resorts, Travel Destinations, Cruise Lines, Online Travel Services, Airlines and Airports, Travel Agents and Agencies, Tour Operators and Car Rental Companies, the Magellan is the award to win if you are in the business of travel according to industry professionals.

“In 2012, creativity reached new heights among marketers and designers in the travel industry,” said Arnie Weissmann, editor in chief of Travel Weekly. “This year’s Magellan entries were inspiring overall, and those who ended up in the winner’s circle truly represent the best of the best.”

The Magellan Awards are judged and overseen by a one-of-a-kind panel of top travel professionals representing the best names and most accomplished leaders from the industry.   In determining winners, entries do not compete with one another, instead they are judged against a standard of excellence based on the long experience of Travel Weekly. To uphold this high standard of excellence, a category may have multiple winners, or may have no winners at all.


Phondini Partners builds mobile applications for iPhone, iPad, and Android platforms using local resources. Their products include iMenloPark, iPumpkin, iCoastside, Pacific Coast Dream Machines, iPacifica, iFogFest, iGoBears, Laguna Beach Travel Info, and Laguna Beach “Come to Life”. For more information about Phondini Partners visit

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