The 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, organic 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:
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
While 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!