Attendance at Virtuoso’s annual trade show in Las Vegas has seen record numbers, with a 6% boost in guests year-on-year and 6,071 travel professionals at the event.
The 30th annual Virtuoso Travel Week show in Las Vegas took place at the Bellagio and other properties across the city and the organisation said membership interest in the network also continues to grow, with more than 2,500 advisor inquiries received this year about joining.
Sales by advisor members of the network Virtuoso saw an increase of 12% year on year and totalled £18.6 billion worldwide in 2017; figures show potential continued success for 2019 too, including a 15% boost in forward cruise sales already.
Membership of the network, which includes 27 member locations (main offices as well as branches) in the UK, has also reached a new high worldwide, counting agencies in 50 countries, 1,000 agency locations and 17,500 advisors.
The organisation is also about to launch a revamped online Virtuoso Travel Academy said to be “akin to Netflix”, with training recommendations based on artificial intelligence; new playlists with videos, articles, websites and trainings recommended by network curators; and an improved search tool.