Virtuoso Travel Week opens in Las Vegas

Published on : Wednesday, August 10, 2016

unnamedThis weekend international luxury travel agency network Virtuoso® kicked off its Virtuoso Travel Week and, while the event itself has been going 28 years strong, this year marks the 30th anniversary of luxury travel’s premier network.

 

 

Virtuoso Travel Week – an event akin to Fashion Week where travel buyers seek out the latest in luxury experiences by meeting with thousands of travel purveyors, all network partners – reached new heights this year. With nine percent growth in attendance, a record-breaking 5,257 travel professionals from 98 countries are congregating this week at Bellagio Resort & Casino, ARIA Resort & Casino and Vdara Hotel & Spa in Las Vegas, where they will conduct a staggering number of one-to-one meetings – over 320,000 of them, totalling more than 1.5 million meeting minutes or the equivalent of 2.9 years. The end goal for this global gathering: building relationships that lead to better traveler experiences.

 

 

During the event’s Opening Ceremony, Virtuoso Chairman and CEO Matthew D. Upchurch recalled his philosophy that led to the creation of Virtuoso: a firm belief that travel agencies and suppliers need each other to be successful and that Virtuoso’s function is to facilitate by creating tools and services that support each side. Ultimately, though, Virtuoso’s role is about fostering human connections.

 

 

“Thirty years ago I brought together Allied Travel and Percival Tours to create a vibrant, resilient global travel network focused not solely on transactions, but on catalysing rich human experiences,” said Upchurch.

 

 

Drawing upon the message shared by the event’s keynote speaker, “Grit to Great” author and head of one of the leading advertising agencies in America Linda Kaplan Thaler, Upchurch spoke about the scenario that is helping propel success for its travel agency members: the desire for authentic human connections in a world plagued with volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA).

 

 

Upchurch continued, “In an exponentially changing environment, we don’t offer a rulebook. We believe in principles, not protocols. And we have four guiding principles we believe will anchor our future: ensure success for our agency members, make it personal for both our partners and their clients, pioneer and innovate, and tell the advisor story again and again.”

 

Source:-Virtuoso

Tags: ,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

arrow2Follow TTW
 
facebook-logo  twitter-logo  LinkedIn_logo  stumbleupon-logo   rss_logo 
ttw_blogger_logo  ttw_blogger_logo  ttw_blogger_logo

ADVERTISEMENT

  • 02 wtm_london17
  • 03 itb-asia 2017
  • 12 TTF17
  • 13 Frontiers Forum 2017
  • 14 bltm 2017
  • 15 questexevent 2017
  • 17 hospitalityqatar 17
  • 17 worldmiceday 2017
  • 18 worldmiceday 2017
  • 19 Emitt 18
  • 19 IITM
  • 43 PATA

TRAVEL INDUSTRY EVENTS

Get our toolbar!
Review www.travelandtourworld.com on alexa.com