Amr Younes, VP Revenue Optimization, Luxury Retreats
Global luxury travel network Virtuoso has entered into a strategic partnership with Montreal-based Luxury Retreats, a full-service villa rental company that offers more than 4,000 private villas in hundreds of the world’s top destinations.
Luxury Retreats says it will offer advantages to Virtuoso clients, including a travel credit, advanced technology and the support of a global 400+ person team.
“Over the past year, we’ve seen demand for private villas reach new heights with a 40% year-over-year increase in bookings, leading us to seek out more products and services to feed this skyrocketing trend,” says Albert Herrera, senior vice president, Global Product Partnerships at Virtuoso.
“People want to experience destinations as if they’re living like residents, not merely tourists, and many times they want seclusion and privacy as well. Whether it’s a Parisian pied-à-terre, beachfront getaway in Malibu or a private island in the Caribbean, Luxury Retreats’ portfolio keeps Virtuoso’s industry-leading Hotels & Resorts program at the forefront of traveller demand.”
Luxury Retreats vets each villa in its portfolio and offers a best-rate guarantee. With homes in leisure destinations, including Hawaii, Tuscany, and Mexico, along with urban retreats, the company provides personal concierge services 24/7 to assist with details big and small.
In recognition of Virtuoso’s leading position in the industry, Luxury Retreats says it will offer the network’s clients a generous concierge credit per rental.
“As the world’s leading luxury rental site, Luxury Retreats has the proven ability to match discerning travellers with authentic experiences, personalized service, and incredible properties to create unforgettable vacations,” said Amr Younes, head of Business Development & Strategic Partnerships at Luxury Retreats. “In partnering with Virtuoso, we are able to further deliver on our mission of bringing luxury travel to an even larger, highly discerning clientele.”
Given the boom in multigenerational travel – the top trend of the year according to Virtuoso’s 2019 Luxe Report – Virtuoso expects demand for Luxury Retreats’ extensive worldwide roster of fashionable homes will continue to increase.
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