Articles tagged “Virtuoso”

Travel Advisors Work to Make Once Elusive Round-the-World Trips a Reality

Travel Advisors Work to Make Once Elusive Round-the-World Trips a Reality

Linda Humphrey, Skift

Sabbatical travel is in the spotlight, but is a year-long trip around the globe feasible for a family? A couple? Two travel advisors set out for a string of faraway places, showing clients and friends that it can be done.

4 months ago

Travel Advisors See Changing Cruiser Preferences for Peak Booking ‘Wave Season’

Travel Advisors See Changing Cruiser Preferences for Peak Booking ‘Wave Season’

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Travel advisors say this year's "wave season" is showing strong preferences for less-visited ports and immersive land experiences. There are also indicators that passengers are more likely to hold the cruise industry accountable on sustainability.

5 months ago

U.S. Election Year Aside, Travel Advisor Execs Optimistic About 2020

U.S. Election Year Aside, Travel Advisor Execs Optimistic About 2020

Maria Lenhart, Skift

The adage that U.S. presidential election years are bad for business may or may not hold true for 2020. Savvy travel advisors, however, may want to put extra effort into keeping clients confident and enthusiastic about upcoming travel plans.

6 months ago

Is Tour Operator Cox & Kings the Next to Fall?

Is Tour Operator Cox & Kings the Next to Fall?

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Debt-addled Cox & Kings appears to be teetering on the brink of collapse. It has closed its Australia/New Zealand operations. Virtuoso has severed ties with it — and a rescue does not look imminent.

9 months ago

Travel Advisors Address the Power of Gen Z and the Emotional Quotient

Travel Advisors Address the Power of Gen Z and the Emotional Quotient

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Travel advisors are finding that kids are playing an increasingly important role in travel planning decisions. They must address the preferences of all family members, including their emotional needs.

11 months ago

High-Touch and High-Tech Find Common Ground With Travel Advisors: Virtuoso CEO

High-Touch and High-Tech Find Common Ground With Travel Advisors: Virtuoso CEO

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Virtuoso Travel Week drew record attendance to the annual event it likens to Fashion Week. While heavily touting the consortium's new Wanderlist travel planning tool, it also emphasized the human touch.

11 months ago

Expert Tips on Planning Your First Luxury Vacation

Expert Tips on Planning Your First Luxury Vacation

Claire Ballentine, Bloomberg

Luxury travel advisors offer advice on the best ways to step up your trips a notch. Heed their wisdom!

11 months ago

The Super Rich Are Creating New Opportunities for Travel Advisors

The Super Rich Are Creating New Opportunities for Travel Advisors

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Ultra-wealthy travelers are growing in number, and many are willing to pay for expertise in fulfilling their champagne wishes and caviar dreams. However, serving these clients, especially the newly rich, can put advisors to the test.

1 year ago

Virtuoso Has a Trip-Planning Tool to Inspire Luxury Clients

Virtuoso Has a Trip-Planning Tool to Inspire Luxury Clients

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

We've seen trip-planning tools come and go, but this Wanderlist one might thrive because its users get additional assistance from real travel experts who charge fees. Until artificial intelligence improves substantially, this hybrid digital and human approach is the most promising approach.

1 year ago

Mexico Tourism Board Demise Will Hurt the Destination More Than Travel Advisors

Mexico Tourism Board Demise Will Hurt the Destination More Than Travel Advisors

Maria Lenhart, Skift

The dissolution of the Mexico Tourism Board means that travel advisors and others involved in the selling and marketing of Mexico have lost a major resource. With safety perception issues still dogging Mexico, the timing couldn’t be worse — for the destination and advisors alike.

1 year ago

Travel Advisors Make the Most of Post-Trip Phone Calls in a Digital World

Travel Advisors Make the Most of Post-Trip Phone Calls in a Digital World

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Following up with clients after a trip is a critical part of the travel-planning process. However, getting clients to truly open up about their experiences takes finesse.

1 year ago

Travel Advisors Put the Thrill Back Into Vacation Planning

Travel Advisors Put the Thrill Back Into Vacation Planning

Maria Lenhart, Skift

A growing number of travel advisors are offering mystery vacations, created by keeping trip details a secret from clients until the departure date. It puts the surprise element back in travel, which is something often lost these days, but the challenges for advisors are many.

1 year ago