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Ireland’s Ashford Castle won Hotel of the Year in Virtuoso’s annual Best of the Best Awards

What topics were the talk of the luxury travel world this year? One way to have your finger on the pulse of the industry is to see which travel blog posts attracted the most readers on Virtuoso Luxury Traveler.

Upscale hotels were a big topic, with three posts in the Top 10. Travel blog posts on niches such as food tourism and adventure travel also attracted readers’ interest.

Want to discover the highlights of 2015 on Virtuoso Luxury Traveler? Review the 10 most-read travel blog posts, counting down from the most popular. Or discover them for the first time:

Announcing the World’s 11 Best of the Best Hotels

This year Virtuoso’s annual Best of the Best Awards honored 11 hotels worldwide for achievements in areas including cuisine, family programs, spa and experiences. Ireland’s Ashford Castle took Hotel of the Year. Read about the other properties among Virtuoso’s 1,100 hotels that were recognized.

8 Travel Advisor Facts That Might Surprise You

Today’s travel advisors are a far cry from the old-style order-takers of decades ago. They’re experienced and well-connected, not to mention well-traveled themselves. Find out why more people are turning to advisors for trip planning, why travel agencies are thriving, and why people love working with advisors.

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Italy triumphed atop three Virtuoso Luxe Report categories – international destination, honeymoon spot and family destination

15 Luxury Travel Hot Spots to Visit in the Year Ahead

The latest Virtuoso Luxe Report identified 15 countries that are hot for luxury travelers in the coming year. They cover the globe, from eternal European favorites to warm-weather family destinations to remote adventure-oriented spots. The hot spots also include emerging countries starting to gain notice.

12 of the World’s Most Buzzworthy New Luxury Hotels

Many of the world’s hottest new upscale hotels are part of the Virtuoso network. From New York sophistication to sustainable style in French Polynesia, and from Las Vegas excitement to Parisian elegance, discover 12 new hotels that have captured the interest of those in the know.

The Truth About How Different Generations Travel

A 20-something’s idea of the dream trip is quite different from a 70-something’s. Find out what a Virtuoso study uncovered about the travel preferences of Millennials, Gen-Xers, Baby Boomers and Matures. It discusses everything from favorite destinations to how much money they spend on trips.

16 Emerging Adventure Travel Trends

A growing number of travelers are seeking adventurous pursuits on their trips. And they’re not all young and uber-fit. Where are the next big destinations for adventure travel? Who’s going on active trips? What types of adventures are most popular? What insider tips do Virtuoso advisors offer to active travelers?

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Virtuoso’s annual Best of the Best is a comprehensive guide to the world’s finest properties

10 Ways Virtuoso Best of the Best is the Ultimate Hotel Guide

If you’re curious about the world’s finest luxury hotels, Best of the Best is the guide for you. The latest edition of the annual Virtuoso directory features more than 1,000 properties in more than 100 countries. It also includes insider tips from Virtuoso travel advisors and unforgettable experiences in different destinations.

6 Destination Wedding Facts You Need to Know

Destination weddings are a $16 billion market. One in four couples today opts for one. Who’s driving demand for destination weddings? Where are people going for their special day? How much do they spend on them? How many guests are invited? And how do couples feel about their experience?

The Globe’s 10 Top Food Cities: Why They’re Worth the Trip

Many cities worldwide are famous for a specific dish, restaurant, or experience. But only a few rise to the top of the heap for all-around culinary excellence. Discover why these 10 destinations should be on your bucket list. And find out what to eat when you’re visiting.

8 Prize Winning Travel Images You’ll Remember

Every year Virtuoso celebrates the finest travel photography with two contests. One for the network’s travel advisors attracted almost 1,000 entries. The other, for clients of Virtuoso advisors, drew more than 850 entries. Witness the joy of journeying as captured in the winning photos (and video).

Your Favorite Travel Blog Posts of 2015

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Looking forward to providing you with more interesting information on luxury travel trends, tips and places to go in 2016!