Virtuoso Travel Week 2022

Wilderness Wows at Virtuoso Travel Week

Our amazing North American Sales Team proudly represented Wilderness at the 34th annual Virtuoso Travel week, which was held from 13 – 19 August in Las Vegas, USA. The large scale, global event took place at the Bellagio Las Vegas, ARIA Resort & Casino and Vdara Hotel & Spa, bringing together thousands of top luxury travel professionals and providers from over one hundred countries.

The week celebrated We Believe in Travel and was an incredible opportunity to reconnect with our agents and business partners in person once again. A big shout-out goes to our Wilderness team, which included Amanda Wilson, Vice President, Partnerships; Craig Glatthaar, Business Unit Manager – North America; Alison May, Retail Sales Manager – North America; Yandisa Ngcuka, Sales Manager – North America and Olivier de Froberville, Business Manager – Latin America and Private Guides. They spread the Wilderness word, attending almost 800 one-on-one meetings, numerous events and an Adventure Community Day.

Wilderness is part of the Virtuoso Adventure Community, in recognition of which we created a Rwandan cloud forest booth, highlighting the destination through agent presentations on the wonders of Wilderness Bisate, mountain gorilla trekking, our reforestation initiatives, the property’s nature trails and more.  Presentations took place every 15 minutes throughout an entire day!

Feedback from the ground is that luxury travel is alive and well, with travellers becoming more comfortable going to farther-flung destinations again. Our team did a remarkable job reconnecting with our agents and business partners, cultivating new relationships in existing and growing markets and ensuring Wilderness’ position in the highest standing in the industry.

Interesting Virtuoso Stats
Source: Virtuoso, Global Pulse Survey, June 2022

  • 76% of Virtuoso agencies said their clients have accepted living a new normal after the global pandemic
  • 90% of Virtuoso agencies said the majority of business was new bookings with full revenue
  • How you view your business at the moment – Partners 78% and Virtuoso Agencies 76% back to normal

The week ended with a prestigious gala dinner, and Wilderness wowed the Vegas crowd in their jungle-themed suits in celebration of a very successful week. We are so proud of our team, and look forward to a year of reconnection and bringing guests back to our iconic wild places.