Check out all the winners from Virtuoso’s Travel Week gala!

Check out all the winners from Virtuoso’s Travel Week gala!

Virtuoso concluded its 34th annual Travel Week with an evening of recognition, honouring individuals and entities in the international travel industry over the past year.

Taking place 13-19 August, this year’s Virtuoso Travel Week offered a virtual experience as well as an in-person experience held in Las Vegas at Bellagio Resort & Casino, ARIA Resort & Casino, and Vdara Hotel & Spa. The gala, which took place 18 August at Bellagio, shined a spotlight on the network’s most esteemed travel agencies, advisors and preferred partners.

BEST OF THE BEST AWARDS

Virtuoso’s 20,000 professional travel advisors from 50 countries served as Best of the Best award voters. Editors of VIRTUOSO LIFE, the network’s multi-award-winning magazine, lent insights to narrow the field of nominees for which the advisors voted.

Find the winners below:

  • Best Hotel – Gleneagles, Scotland
  • Best New or Reimagined Hotel – Cheval Blanc Paris
  • Hotelier of the Year – Valentina de Santis, Grand Hotel Tremezzo and Passalacqua, Lake Como
  • Best Innovative Guest Experience by a Hotel – One & Only Gorilla’s Nest
  • Best On-site – Southern Crossings, Australia and New Zealand
  • Best Tour Partner – Abercombie & Kent
  • Best Tourism Board – Los Cabos Tourism Board
  • Best Specialty, Insurance or Airline – Allianz Partners

Winners will be showcased in the September/October issue of the magazine, reaching 200,000 affluent households.

VIRTUOSO SELECTED

  • Most Engaged Agency – Q Cruise + Travel – Chicago, Illinois
  • Rising Star – Geoffrey Ravoire, Huffman Travel – Chicago, Illinois
  • Luminary – Sébastien Bazin – CEO, Accor
  • Ruby of Siam – Amanda Klimak, Largay Travel – Waterbury, Connecticut

CRUISE LINES

  • Best Ocean Cruise Line – Silversea
  • Best River Cruise Line – AmaWaterways
  • Best Expedition Cruise Line – Lindblad Expeditions

LUMINARIES, LEGENDS, AND LEADERS COMMUNITY MEMBER AND PARTNER AWARDS

What qualifies this year’s winners of Virtuoso’s ‘Luminaries, Legends and Leaders Community Member and Partner Awards’ is that they have made exceptional efforts and illustrated immense passion within their respective community, according to Virtuoso.

Virtuoso travel advisors voted on preferred partners in each category, while preferred partners voted on advisors.

Check out the winners below:

Adventure:

  • Member winner: Angela Wallace Pierson at Wallace Pierson Travel
  • Partner winner: Micato Safaris

Family and Celebration:

  • Member winner: Jessica Griscavage, Runway Travel, an independent affiliate of McCabe World Travel
  • Partner winner: Made for Spain and Portugal

Ultraluxe: 

  • Advisor winner: Victoria Boomgarden, Elan Travel, an independent affiliate of Direct Travel Luxe
  • Partner winner: The Brando

Culinary:

  • Member winner: Dawn Johnson at Coastline Travel Advisors
  • Partner winner: IC Bellagio

Wellness:

  • Member winner: Sheila Gallant-Halloran at Lush Life Travel, an independent affiliate of Vision Travel, A Direct Travel Company
  • Partner winner: Miraval Resorts

Sustainability:

Protecting the planet:

  • Partner winner: Six Senses Laamu
  • Member winner: Amy Welfare, Amy Welfare Private Travel, and Katie Terrington, Katie Terrington Private Travel – both Independent Affiliates, 360 Private Travel UK

Supporting Local Economies:

  • Partner winner: andBeyond
  • Member winner: Kevin Wu, Charm Deer (Asia)

Celebrating Culture:

  • Partner winner: Four Seasons Resort Lana’i
  • Member winner: EMBARK Beyond

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