Virtuoso Travel Week: Destination, Cruise and Lifestyle Awards

Virtuoso Travel Week 2019

At this year’s Virtuoso Travel Week, Virtuoso announced the winners of its partner awards in the destination, cruise and lifestyle spaces. Winners were announced at two events during the week, which takes place this year from August 10 to 16 at the Bellagio Resort & Casino, ARIA Resort & Casino and Vdara Hotel & Spa, drawing 6,515 travel professionals from 107 countries.

Virtuoso’s Destination Showcase Dinner, held August 12 at Bellagio before an audience of more than 1,800, saw 10 awards presented to suppliers who embody the term “partnership” when it comes to working with Virtuoso advisors to deliver client experiences that exceed expectations:  

  • Best Tour Partner: Belmond Trains & Cruises
  • Destinations & Experiences Ambassador of the Year: Javier Echecopar, Abercrombie & Kent USA
  • Destinations & Experiences Partner of the Year: Made for Spain & Portugal
  • Best Multi-Generational Program – Cruise: Royal Caribbean International
  • Best Culinary Experience – Cruise: Oceania Cruises
  • Most Luxurious Guest Experience – Cruise: Crystal Cruises
  • Best River Cruise Line: AmaWaterways
  • Best Expedition Cruise Line: Silversea Expeditions
  • Best On-Site Partner: Calvados Club Luxury Travel – Croatia
  • Tourism Board of the Year: Switzerland Tourism

The Alliance Partner Awards took place during an August 11 luncheon, also at Bellagio, and recognized eight exceptional preferred destinations and lifestyle partners:

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  • Most Engaged Tourism Board – US/Canada: Tourism Australia
  • Most Engaged Tourism Board – Global: Visit California
  • Most Innovative Alliances Partner: El Corte Ingles
  • Most Comprehensive Advisor Program: Austrian Tourist Office
  • Hottest Destination of the Year: Slovenian Tourist Board
  • Top Destination of the Year: Italian National Tourist Board
  • Virtuoso Alliances Ambassador of the Year: Elisabeth Hakim, PromPeru
  • Lifestyle Partner of the Year: Galeries Lafayette Paris

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