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Published on : Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Island Escapes, Australia’s leading wholesaler in the boutique luxury market for Fiji, Samoa, Cook Islands, Vanuatu and Thailand, is delighted to announce it has been accepted into the exclusive Virtuoso® Destination & Experiences Program, effective 7th March 2016.
“Becoming a preferred supplier for the Australasia Virtuoso travel advisors is a logical move for Island Escapes,” said Company Director & Sales Manager Angie Devine.
“With the majority of our business being garnered from this luxury segment and a significant number of our longstanding preferred advisors being Virtuoso members, there’s enormous benefit to both companies.
“Over the last 12 years we have worked hard to establish our brand’s reputation in the luxury space, and this new partnership with Virtuoso further underscores our position in this highly desirable market segment.”
Michael Londregan, Managing Director for Virtuoso Australia, New Zealand and Asia, said “Virtuoso is delighted to welcome Island Escapes to our portfolio of luxury suppliers.
“They have long been regarded as a pre-eminent specialist in the South Pacific and have been referred to us with the highest nomination, that of our member agencies.”
Virtuoso is an exclusive network of more than 11,400 elite travel advisors throughout North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Comprising more than 380 independent travel agencies in over 30 countries, Virtuoso members generate US$15.5 billion annually in travel sales, making the group the most powerful in the luxury travel segment.
To meet the needs of Virtuoso travel advisors, the Virtuoso Destination & Experiences Program embraces a limited number of suppliers that offer high-end, niche and specialty products and experiences. Island Escapes, with its portfolio of discerning Pacific and Thailand product, highly experienced reservations consultants, superior product knowledge and personalised service, fits the program beautifully.
Island Escapes joins Virtuoso’s collection of the finest luxury hotels, resorts, cruise lines, airlines, tour operators and other suppliers worldwide.
These partners, which specialize in world-class client service and experiences, secure Virtuoso clients superior offerings, rare opportunities and exceptional value. These prestigious providers are able to market to Virtuoso clients via network vehicles and to Virtuoso agencies through multiple communications channels and events. Those include Virtuoso Travel Week, luxury travel’s largest worldwide gathering, and Virtuoso Symposium, an elite event for the network’s top agency and supplier principals.
“We are honoured to have the opportunity to work closely with Virtuoso and assist its travel advisors in selling the products that we are so passionate about,” said Ms Devine.