At the 30th annual Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas, which took place from August 11 to 17, the network announced a number of updates on its network growth and new tools and programs for travel advisors. Setting a record with 6 percent growth in attendance, 6,071 travel professionals from 100 countries met at Bellagio Resort & Casino, ARIA Resort & Casino and Vdara Hotel & Spa. Network Growth The network now has member agencies in 50 countries, Virtuoso said, announcing the 50th—Uruguay —at Virtuoso Travel Week. Virtuoso now encompasses over 1,000 agency locations with 17,500 advisors. In the past year, Virtuoso has increased its ranks by more than 200 member locations, as well as adding agencies in three new countries: Turkey, Monaco and Uruguay. Virtuoso advisor sales surpass (U.S.) $23.7 billion a year, up 12 percent from the previous year. 2019 is already looking promising, the organization said, judging by reported sales for next year. … [Read more...] about Virtuoso Announced Latest Programs, Growth Updates
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Jessica Summers, Bloomberg 11:00 pm CDT, Sunday, July 29, 2018 Photo: Daniel Acker, Bloomberg Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Pipelines run toward oil storage tanks stand at the Enbridge Inc. Cushing storage terminal in Cushing, Oklahoma, U.S., on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Pipelines run toward oil storage tanks stand at the Enbridge Inc. Cushing storage terminal in Cushing, Oklahoma, U.S., on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Photo: Daniel Acker, Bloomberg Oil bulls back in the game as supply risks rattle market 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Oil bulls are venturing back into the market as global conflict sparks concern that supply disruptions will leave buyers scrambling for barrels. Money managers boosted their net-long position -- the difference between bets on rising prices and wagers on a decline -- … [Read more...] about Oil bulls back in the game as supply risks rattle market
When David Hu of Classic Vacations attends industry events, he’s not surprised upon occasion when people ask him what he does for the luxury travel company. When he responds that he is the president, he’ll sometimes get an embarrassed grin from someone feeling foolish to have asked. Hu, who has led Classic for nine years, doesn’t mind the question one bit. He says it’s more about the team members at Classic, who help him run the custom travel company on a day-to-day basis, than about him. “Ultimately, it’s about the brand, it’s about the company; it’s not about me, so whether I’m here or somebody else is, ultimately the company is still solid,” he tells Luxury Travel Advisor. And the company is solid: It’s turning 40 this year, and while some travel advisors may still think about it as “Classic Hawaii,” its original moniker, Classic is now in 11 regions, including Europe (1996), the Caribbean and Bermuda … [Read more...] about Classic Vacations at 40: Helping Travel Advisors Become More Efficient
Luxury Travel Advisor drew together a group of some of the most powerful travel advisors on the East Coast for a roundtable discussion in mid-February. Our participants included Jack Bloch, JB’s World Travel Consultants; Joshua Bush, Avenue Two Travel; Fernando Gonzalez, First in Service Travel; Michael Holtz, SmartFlyer; Kimberly Wilson Wetty, Valerie Wilson Travel and Jack Ezon, Ovation Vacations. The Travel Corporation, owner of Uniworld, Insight Vacations, Luxury Gold by Insight and Red Carnation Hotels, to name just a few of its brands, kindly hosted the roundtable in its new Manhattan sales office in midtown. ULTRA Wellness Introducing ULTRA Wellness | May 30-June 1, Palm Beach Wellness travel is no longer just spa retreats. It's a $563 billion industry projected to grow to $808 billion by 2020! If you're a luxury hotel, destination, or cruise line offering wellness programs and itineraries, you must attend ULTRA Wellness and share your story with high producing … [Read more...] about What Are the Top Issues of 2018?
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Andy Rosen Globe Staff April 05, 2018 The Ping-Pong tables have given way to long work tables, beanbag chairs to straight-backed couches, beer taps to cold-brew coffee.Boston’s tech workplaces are growing up. Play spaces that were designed to recruit twenty-something workers are out; low-key but tasteful furniture is in, as are areas set aside for quiet work and group collaboration.You know, like a regular office. Advertisement One factor behind the switch: the high cost of renting or owning offices, which is forcing area employers to make tough choices maximizing the utility of their space. At the same time, tech companies seeking to diversify their largely young, white male workforces are choosing office designs that emphasize professionalism, wellness, and work-life balance over frat house fun. Get Talking Points in your inbox: An afternoon recap … [Read more...] about This really is your parents’ office: Tech workspaces start to grow up