Published on : Monday, August 20, 2018
Global luxury travel network Virtuoso® has unveiled the year’s most exceptional travel advisors, agencies and partners: the winners of the celebrated Virtuoso Awards. The prizes were distributed last night before more than 3,000 luxury travel leaders at a festive gala marking the end of the 30th annual Virtuoso Travel Week, held in Las Vegas at Bellagio Resort & Casino, ARIA Resort & Casino and Vdara Hotel & Spa. Hosted by Virtuoso Chairman and CEO Matthew D. Upchurch, Senior Vice President of Marketing Terrie Hansen and Senior Vice President of Global Member Partnerships David Kolner, the gala feted the network’s most revered agencies, advisors and partners worldwide.
The Virtuoso Award winners are decided by their network peers. Virtuoso’s preferred partners vote for agencies and advisors, and travel agency members select the winning partners. This year’s Virtuoso Awards garnered thousands of votes, demonstrating high interest in the awards.
“Virtuoso is a network based entirely on the importance of human connection, and there is no better way to close Virtuoso Travel Week than to honor the members and partners who have forged some of the deepest personal connections,” said Upchurch. “The Virtuoso Award winners consistently find new, creative ways to collaborate and exceed the client and guest expectations. Their outstanding performance is one important reason why Virtuoso’s presence and reputation continues to grow on a global scale.”
The 2018 Virtuoso Award winners are:
Agency/Advisor Awards (as voted by partners)
Most Hospitable Agency – US/Canada: SmartFlyer
Most Innovative Advisor – US/Canada: John Oberacker, Montecito Village Travel
Virtuoso Rising Star – US/Canada: Blaine Horton, Acomplished Traveler
Most Admired Advisor – Asia/Pacific: Brent Wallace, SmartFlyer Australia
Most Admired Advisor – Europe/Middle East/Africa: Alfonso Caballero Comendador, Beyond Traveller Ltd.
Most Admired Advisor – Latin America/Caribbean: Tomas Perez, Teresa Perez Tours
Most Admired Advisor – Canada: Andrew Grove, Vision Voyages
Most Admired Advisor – US: Marlene Singer, Lake Shore Travel