Fried & DiMichele Joined Travel Industry Elite for a Week of Networking, Education & Trend-Spotting
[Cleveland, OH] (August 24, 2014) – International luxury travel network, Virtuoso®, had cause for celebration at its annual Virtuoso Travel Week event – the Fashion Week of luxury travel – held recently at Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Not only is the show the most prestigious event of its kind, but it attracted record attendance. On hand for the event was Jennifer Fried and Vicky DiMichele from Virtuoso-member agency, Traveline who joined more than 4,400 of the top executives and professionals in the business to take part in the luxury travel buying extravaganza.
Virtuoso Travel Week is known for its hallmark one-to-one appointments that take place between the network’s elite travel advisors and world’s-best travel providers. Fried and DiMichele participated in the event’s nearly 354,000 appointments, a staggering 2.69 years’ worth of meetings, treating the event as a “buying week” for Traveline’s discerning clientele. They took the opportunity to learn about new products and services, forge new relationships while strengthening existing ones, and participate in training sessions designed to improve the sales process. Each element of the conference was intended to lead to better travel experiences for consumers who do so under the guidance of a Virtuoso-affiliated travel advisor.
“Virtuoso Travel Week is the most important event of the year for me and my agency,” says DiMichele, Creative Director of Traveline. “The relationships I build through the event ensure our clients will travel almost anywhere in the world as a VIP, receiving benefits they can’t find elsewhere while being greeted like a lifelong friend. It’s an amazing opportunity to learn what’s new in travel, whether it’s the hottest, newly opened hotel or a destination that’s just coming into its own. Virtuoso Travel Week gives us an edge over my competitors and increases my value to my clients.”
During the week, Virtuoso also revealed the latest destination trends, showing where Virtuoso clients will be traveling in the next six months, including during the crucial winter months and holiday breaks.
The Virtuoso “Top 10”
- Italy (+ 6%) Germany (+ 31%)
- United Kingdom (+ 30%) Mexico (+ 17%)
- France (+ 23%) South Africa (- 5%)
- Canada (+ 9%) Netherlands (+ 18%)
- Spain (+ 20%) Greece (57%)
Perhaps more enlightening, though, are the countries seeing the largest year-over-year growth.
Virtuoso’s “Hot List”
- New Zealand (+ 196%) Croatia (+ 68%)
- Chile (+ 103%) Australia (+ 58%)
- Indonesia (+ 103%) Ecuador (+ 57%)
- Hungary (+ 86%) Greece (+ 57%)
- Hong Kong (+ 72%) Norway (+ 54%)
The group also revealed that Central Europe is experiencing a surge: Hungary (86%), Croatia (68%), Austria (48%), Poland (48%), and Czech Republic (23%). Russia, however, has seen a sharp decline, down 69%. Overall, travel to European countries is up by 23%.
For more information on luxury travel, Virtuoso Travel Week or the trends revealed, please contact Traveline at 1-888-700-8747 or email@example.com.
Founded in 1962 by Arline Kneen, Traveline is an Ohio based travel management company specializing in vacation travel, business travel, groups, meetings and incentives. Traveline’s affiliations with BCD Travel and Virtuoso, guarantee both leisure and corporate customers the tenure and experience for complex travel itineraries, business travel management solutions, and luxury vacation memories. Traveline builds strong relationships with our suppliers and clients through established travel knowledge, skilled planning, consultative guidance, and industry advocacy. Our advisors excel in providing services that are driven by both exceptional customer care and comprehensive travel expertise. For more information on Traveline, or to discuss what this can mean for advancing your current travel program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Virtuoso® is the industry’s leading luxury travel network. This by-invitation-only organization comprises over 340 agencies with more than 8,900 elite travel specialists in 20 countries in North and South America, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand, as well as over 1,700 of the world’s best travel providers and premier destinations. The network’s member agencies generate over $12.5 billion annually in travel sales, making the group the most powerful in the luxury travel segment. Their relationships with the finest travel companies provide the network’s affluent clientele with exclusive amenities, rare experiences and privileged access. For more information, visit www.virtuoso.com. To view Virtuoso’s latest videos, go to www.youtube.com/user/VirtuosoTraveler.
Traveline – Creative Director
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Virtuoso – Director, Global Public Relations