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Introducing the winners of the Virtuoso Luxury Travel Awards

Virtuoso celebrated the best of the best in APAC luxury travel at its Luxury Awards in Singapore on Sunday night.

The luxury travel network recognised the achievements of its top-performing travel agency members, partners and individuals at the Fullerton Hotel, playing host to more than 60 owners and managers representing Virtuoso agencies from across the region.

See also: Virtuoso’s Symposium is coming down under!

That’s a lot of luxury travel players under one roof, we imagine the spread was more luxe than this gif of Mariah Carey drinking champagne in the bath.

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Virtuoso senior executives including the organisation’s Chairman and CEO, Matthew D. Upchurch, joined members for two days of strategic overview, business seminars, partner networking and information sharing, culminating in the 2018 Virtuoso APAC Luxury Awards and Gala Dinner.

The Virtuoso APAC Luxury Awards honour member agencies and advisors whose luxury sales performance, reputation and service levels have excelled over the past 12 months. This year’s winners include Goldman Travel, MTA and Savenio for production and Country Holidays, FBI Travel and Mosman Travel for growth. The awards also recognise the region’s top hotel, cruise and tour partners.

“Luxury travel advising is all about keeping the client in the centre of the business and these award winners have grown their business by focusing on their customers and delivering service that has differentiated them from the mass market offerings,” Virtuoso Asia-Pacific Managing Director Michael Londregan said.

“The Virtuoso Luxury Travel Awards are the result of members’ performance; they are the perfect reflection of both a growing client base and the ability to maintain client loyalty.”

“These are the advisors and agencies who have been nominated by the most important audience panel that exists – their clients. Virtuoso is simply recognising client and market sentiment.”

This year’s awards included two new categories acknowledging individual achievements: the Virtuoso Rising Star award, which went to Lynn Mayer, Sabra Travel; and the Most Innovative Advisor, which went to Gloria Gammo of Smartflyer Australia.

The 2018 Virtuoso APAC Luxury Award winners are:

Cruise Production
Member – Savenio
Partner – Seabourn

Cruise Growth
Member – FBI Travel
Partner – Oceania Cruises

Hotels & Resorts Production
Member – Goldman Travel Corporation
Partner – Halekulani

Hotels & Resorts Growth        
Member – Country Holidays
Partner – Rosewood Beijing

Destinations & Experiences Production
Member – MTA
Partner – Island Escapes

Destinations & Experiences Growth
Member – Mosman Travel
Partner – 50 Degrees North

Most Engaged Agency
Winner – Executive Edge
Nominees – Alpha Travel, Charlotte Travel

Most Hospitable Agency
Winner – Sabra Travel
Nominees – FBI Travel, Travelcall

Advisor Awards
Virtuoso Rising Star – Lynn Mayer, Sabra Travel
Most Innovative Advisor – Gloria Gammo, SmartFlyer Australia

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