Virtuoso Travel Week Attracts Over 6,000 Travel Professionals
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Virtuoso Travel Week features 333,000 one-on-one meetings.
Another record-setting Virtuoso Travel Week is currently taking place in Las Vegas. This year, 6,071 travel professionals from 100 countries are meeting at Bellagio Resort & Casino, ARIA Resort & Casino and Vdara Hotel & Spa. That's up 6% from 2017.
The luxury travel network says the event will feature 333,000 one-on-one meetings – equalling more than 1.5 million minutes or nearly three years.
Among the developments celebrated at Virtuoso Travel Week:
The network has reached a new high with member agencies now in 50 countries, announcing the 50th – Uruguay – during the event. Virtuoso now encompasses over 1,000 agency locations with 17,500 advisors.
In the past year, Virtuoso has increased its ranks by more than 200 member locations, as well as adding agencies in three new countries: Turkey, Monaco and Uruguay.
Virtuoso advisor sales surpassed US$23.7 billion last year, up 12% percent from the previous year, making the network a powerhouse in luxury travel.
Virtuoso says 2019 is already looking promising, judging by reported sales. Cruise sales are up 15% percent, on-site ground operator sales up 14% and tour sales up 9%.
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.