What motivates wealthy travelers to make the vacation choices they do? Each year Virtuoso surveys its luxury travel advisors and compiles their feedback on the hottest travel trends and destinations in the Luxe Report.
Every year Virtuoso polls its travel advisors on where their clients are going now – and what styles of travel are popular. The result is the Virtuoso Luxe Report, which forecasts the latest luxury travel destinations and trends and offers insights into the patterns and decisions of the world’s wealthiest travelers.
In 2014, multigenerational family travel maintained its stronghold as the top trend. But this year’s Luxe Report shows active and adventure travel as a dominant trend predicted for all travelers – families, couples, honeymooners, retirees – especially in more exotic destinations.
Other Luxe Report highlights: [Read more…]
Are you fantasizing about a big trip in 2014? Or a vacation with experiences customized just for you? Or perhaps you have a milestone celebration coming up and want to commemorate it away from home?
Those are just three examples of the sorts of vacations travel advisors excel at creating. If you’re looking for an advisor who’s a perfect fit for you, Virtuoso has unveiled a tool to help you find one at www.virtuoso.com. [Read more…]
Excitement and momentum are building for Virgin Galactic’s first commercial space travel. Just announced: that first flight of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo will be broadcast live on NBC News and a host of other NBCUniversal platforms, including CNBC, MSNBC, NBCNews.com, Syfy and The Weather Channel.
Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson and his adult children, Holly and Sam, will be on that flight. “Virgin Galactic is thrilled that NBCUniversal will join us on our exciting first journey to space,” said Sir Richard. “In this first chapter of commercial space travel, we will help make space accessible and inspire countless more people to join us in the pursuit of space exploration and science innovation.”
Tourists love to shop. Studies by the U.S. Travel Association and the Department of Commerce show that shopping and dining are the top two activities of travelers. In fact, travelers spend one-third of their total travel funds on retail purchases.
Shopping Tourism On the Rise
According to Ian Stazicker, tourism director – global marketing at Virtuoso partner Value Retail, shopping tourism account for 40 percent of global luxury spending. Value Retail operates nine Chic Outlet Shopping open-air designer villages outside European hubs such as Paris and Madrid, as well as one in China.
Retail tourism is growing so fast, says Stazicker, that “between 2008 and 2012 we have seen an increase in visitors of more than 43 percent to 30 million.” [Read more…]
What travel niche is growing at a rate of 65 percent a year? If you guessed active travel, you’re right. A study by the Adventure Travel Trade Association and The George Washington University also found that last year consumers spent upwards of $345 billion on active itineraries.
Virtuoso travel advisors and suppliers excel at customizing specialty travel experiences to the exact tastes of their travelers. “For art lovers, we can arrange visits to private galleries and artists’ showrooms along with one-on-one meetings with some of Africa’s foremost art authorities and artists,” explains Anna Pinto, executive director of Micato Safaris in New York, New York. [Read more…]
Do you enjoy staying at buzzworthy new hotels? How would you like to have access to a list of the world’s most-talked-about new properties – and enjoy special amenities while staying at them such as complimentary breakfasts and hotel credits?
Virtuoso Preview allows clients of Virtuoso travel advisors to stay in these emerging luxury hotels before the rest of the world discovers them. You’ll be in the forefront of the hottest trends in global hospitality when you stay at one of the memorable Preview properties. [Read more…]
Marcella Rappoport, a Virtuoso travel advisor in New York, recently planned a Caribbean cruise for a family celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary. “They chartered a ship and invited the people who married them, and the people who were at their wedding,” she recalls. “There were 420 people on board. They brought a rock band and a couple of singers they liked, and a chef from their hometown of Chicago. The mother wore her wedding dress and they had vow renewals.”
Family Vacations: A Growing Trend
The 2013 Virtuoso Luxe Report found that family and multigenerational travel are big trends, with river and luxury cruises taking the next two spots. The report also found that spending time and reconnecting with loved ones were among the top reasons motivating travel. Not surprisingly, Virtuoso travel advisors have seen a lot of crossover in these trends, with more people booking multigenerational cruises over the past three years. [Read more…]
Virtuoso is now accepting entries for the 2013 Virtuoso Traveler Photography Contest. (As seen in the May issue of Virtuoso Life® magazine)
As some of the most well-traveled people on the planet, our clients, we invite and encourage you to submit your original travel photographs that best reflect the contest theme – Your Virtuoso Travel Moments. So, round up your photographs from your worldwide travels, and submit them today. Four lucky Virtuoso travelers will earn cash prizes and may even have their photo featured in Virtuoso Life magazine or other Virtuoso materials.
Today is the deadline to join Virtuoso and over 200 travel industry professionals worldwide who have already signed a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary LaHood stating opposition to IATA Resolution 787. To add your signature, go to http://btcnews.co/YoB3yJ. It will be filed on the docket tomorrow, the DOT’s deadline for industry comment. If passed, this resolution would negatively impact airline competition, and increase airline prices for consumers. For more information, visit http://businesstravelcoalition.com.