Virtuoso to help with travel planning

New York-based Virtuoso, a global travel agency network, has announced that it is conducting a virtual travel show that will help customers to plan their travel.

The company said that it was holding its virtual travel show on September 5. Customers who need to plan their travel can do so in the comfort of their homes or from anywhere where they have Internet connectivity. The firm said that the show would allow travellers to access invaluable travel information from well-known names in the industry, through a browser.

The show, to be hosted on September 5 between 1pm and 6pm local time, will be the firm’s first Mexico, South America and Caribbean Virtual Travel Show. Those planning to attend the event will have the chance to share ideas online with 21 of the world’s best South American, Mexican and Caribbean travel companies. In addition, Virtuoso’s travel advisors will be on hand to answer client’s questions. Customers can plan their own perfect getaway, or even have one tailor-made for them. Specific destinations that will be covered for the event include Chile, Mexico, Peru and Argentina. These destinations are already popular with active travellers, families, honeymooners and singles.

Like any other major show, attendees will be treated to offers, including free nights’ stay, spa services and resort credits. Hotel upgrades, complimentary round-trip transfers and special saving offers will also form part of the incentives that are available. In addition, the first 100 attendees could win cash gift cards.

Kristi Jones, president and COO of Virtuoso, said, ‘What separates this experience from a typical web search is that it’s interactive rather than one-sided and, more importantly, everything has been vetted by Virtuoso; there’s no clutter of unwanted material or concern that a product has been misrepresented. Whether new to the Virtuoso network or an established client, consumers will find value in the information exchange with some of Virtuoso’s most renowned travel companies, as well as access to some of the best travel advisors in the industry. Participants will come away from it better informed and inspired to see the world.’

Attendees need to register in advance at


Virtuoso Life Magazine Announces Travel Dreams Poll Results

Virtuoso, a US-based luxury travel network, has announced the results of its sixth annual Travel Dreams survey, which it recently conducted.

The poll was carried out to ascertain the latest dreams of modern day travellers, with responses given by the readers of travel magazine, Virtuoso Life.

The survey highlighted that the favourite travel dreams involve adventures on the seas, including going on a world cruise, calling on all seven continents, and sailing around the Mediterranean on a private yacht.

When it came to making the trip of a lifetime, the most favoured dream was a visit to the Galapagos Islands, an archipelago of volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean that is located close to the equator. The islands are famous for their habitat, and for a number of endemic species, which include tortoises and marine iguanas.

The survey also reported that Australia remains a favourite with tourists, and tops the list of Dream Destination criteria, followed by New Zealand, South Africa and French Polynesia. Australia also remains on the list as a Top Family Getaway, while Sydney, the Australian capital, heads the list for ‘Go-To Style and Design Capital’.

Elaine Srnka, the editorial director for Virtuoso Life, said, ‘Virtuoso travellers continue to blaze new trails, setting the standard for how and where those in-the-know will venture next. The ‘Travel Dreams’ results show us the destinations and products that are likely to be the most popular in the year ahead, allowing us to focus our editorial in a way that our readers will find more compelling.’