As I mentioned on Facebook last month, I am so excited to be participating in the annual Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas from August 9-16 this year (that is one month from tomorrow)!! This is more than just a conference.. this is a real opportunity to meet the top people in the industry and learn all the latest travel trends and updates.. all to the benefit of my CLIENTS! Virtuoso describes it best themselves:
“Virtuoso is the foremost luxury travel network in the world, composed of more than 340 agencies and more than 7,200 professional travel advisors in 20 countries in North and South America, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand. The Virtuoso organization also includes more than 1,700 of the finest travel providers on the planet – airlines, cruise lines, destinations, hotels, tour operators, on-site services, and specialty companies.
Just as fashion buyers attend Fashion Week, we head to Virtuoso Travel Week to shop the newest travel trends and products for our clients. These include emerging destinations, exciting hotel openings and service enhancements, upcoming air and cruise line news, and more.
We spend the week discovering and researching the most extraordinary travel experiences for our clients. It’s at Virtuoso Travel Week that we make connections that help us design customized vacations that build memories that last a lifetime.”
The chances to network at Travel Week are amazing.. like speed-dating, advisors and travel suppliers will meet for four days straight in 4-minute appointments. That means by the end of the week, I will have chatted with THOUSANDS of the top travel providers in the world, learning about their destinations, offers, updates, etc. At night, there are dinners hosted by suppliers to showcase different destinations and hotels and resorts around the world. I am anticipating some major head-spinning by the end of this week, but I am also so excited I can hardly stand it!
And to narrow the focus even better for clients, I myself can request 10-minute meetings with any provider I want.. Say you are interested in the new Shangri-la Istanbul- I can meet with the sales manager personally and find out more about their property for you. Thinking of taking a Windstar cruise but aren’t sure which one to try? I can meet with Windstar personally to get the best info to help narrow down your options. Basically, I can invite any Virtuoso travel provider to give a first-hand account of what they offer, and how my clients will benefit.