|New Zealand // Photo by Joe Pike|
Virtuoso honored six of its key partners for overall excellence at the recent Destination Showcase Dinner & Awards, with Tourism New Zealand taking home the top honor for Tourism Board of the Year.
The ceremony, which attracted close to 1,400 travel agency members and preferred partners, was one of many events at the 28th annual Virtuoso Travel Week conference at Bellagio Resort & Casino, ARIA Resort & Casino and Vdara Hotel & Spa in Las Vegas.
Hosted by Virtuoso Chairman and CEO Matthew D. Upchurch, and Albert Herrera, Virtuoso’s senior vice president of global product partnerships, the Destination Showcase celebrated partners that offer the best experiences globally to Virtuoso clients, while providing outstanding expertise to Virtuoso advisors.
Each of the Destination Showcase Awards corresponds to an elected committee of Virtuoso advisors. Those committees designate a list of finalists for each award, then all network advisors vote to determine the winners. This year’s Destination Showcase Award nominees received more than 5,300 votes altogether.
The winners are all part of the network’s land excursions program, Virtuoso Destinations & Experiences. It consists of more than 60 tour operators, 160 on-site, in-country specialists and 11 specialty partners in more than 140 countries. The fast-growing portfolio features close to 15,000 tours from more than 200 land operators.