There was an audible gasp in the room when Francis Ford Coppola came on stage to speak to 4,000 luxury travel advisors, hoteliers, cruise lines, tour operators and more last week at The Bellagio in Las Vegas. Cameras and iPhones started clicking and hundreds of flashes went off. He was a surprise guest at the newly rebranded Virtuoso Travel Week, The Bellagio’s largest meeting of the year, and spoke about The Godfather (of course), his family, friends, and career as a winemaker and hotelier in Belize and Italy. “If you’re doing something you love with people you love to be with, that’s a great start,” he reflected.
There’s apparently no discussion of a global recession inside this convention, where suppliers and travel agents debate which river cruises and space travel options are best for the young and affluent clientele.
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