clientuploads/VirtuosoWeek.jpgThe Travel Agent, Inc.’s expert travel advisors, Becky Lukovic, Brenda Tolson, Shirley Huffman, Annie Rogers, Angela Mathies, Kelly Shea, and Mark Moorhead recently attended Virtuoso Travel Week.  This luxury travel event is held yearly at the Bellagio Spa and Resort in Las Vegas.  Our travel advisors spent a week meeting with the top hoteliers, tour operators, and cruise lines in the world. These one-on-one meetings provide the insider access to the world’s best travel experiences that make our clients’ travels truly memorable. 

At Virtuoso Week, we discovered the new trends in hotel amenities—complimentary bicycles in urban hotels, organicclientuploads/VirtuosoWeekKB.jpg gardens, and even rooftop beehives.  We learned the new travel hot spots and those undiscovered gems for the travelers who like to be ahead of the crowds.  These one-on-one meetings provide the insider access to the world’s best travel experiences–making our clients’ travels truly memorable. 

Some advisors attended the VAST training event—discovering the hottest trends in bespoke adventure travel.  We went adventure shopping just for you!!  At the VAST event, advisors spent seven minutes at each adventure travel station—luxury tents on ice caps, amazon cruises, horseback riding in Mongolia, safari, Peruvian treasures, lodges in Montana, and more!

Our agents were hosted by top hotels and destinations management companies at the exclusive by-invitation-only Hotel Awards Dinner and Destination Showcase Dinner.  At these gala events, we celebrated the Best of the Best:

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Best Achievement in Design:
Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Best Culinary Experience: La Scène, Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Best Bar: Armani/Bamboo Bar, Armani Hotel Milano

Best Family Program: The Gleneagles Hotel

Best Spa: Spa Mukul, Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa

Most Innovative Guest Experience: Banjaar Tola

Sustainable Tourism Leadership – Hotel: The Savoy

One to Watch: The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi

Hotelier of the Year: François Delahaye, Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Dorchester Collection

Hotel of the Year: Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

Best Tourism Board:  Switzerland Tourism 

Best Onsite:  Trails of Indochina

Best VAST Supplier:  Micato Safaris

Best Custom Tour Operator:  Classic Vacations 

Best Escorted Tour Operator:  Tauck

Best Voyager Club Event:  Abercrombie & Kent Chile

clientuploads/VirtuosoWeekBAA.JPGWhile in Vegas, our agents visited some of the hottest foodie spots:  Michael Mena’s American Fish, Comme Ca, Lotus of Siam, Todd English’s Olive’s Bistro and more.  We even had a few winners at the Vegas gambling tables! 

Virtuoso’s keynote speakers reminded us to create cultural experiences to bring home in your heart, not your suitcase—we are here to make your travel dreams come true!