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Virtuoso recognises excellence with APAC’s Leading Luxury Travel Awards

Author: Vicky Karantzavelou / Date: Mon, 05/21/2018 - 11:48
Left to right: Anthony Goldman, Michael Londregan, David Brandon, Jessica Yap (Country Holidays), Penny Spencer, Lauryn Belleli (Sabra), Matthew Upchurch, Sara Pearce (MTA), David Goldman.
From left to right: Felix Chan, Steve McLaughlin (Oceania), Anthony Cooper, Tony Archbold (Seaborn), Matthew Upchurch, Margie Lee-Fong (Island Escape).

This year’s winners include Goldman Travel, MTA and Savenio for production and Country Holidays, FBI Travel and Mosman Travel for growth.

SINGAPORE - World’s leading luxury travel network, Virtuoso, has recognised the outstanding achievements of its top-performing travel agency members, partners and individuals with its annual Virtuoso Asia-Pacific Luxury Awards held at the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore last night.

For the first time, in recognition of Asia’s growing importance in the Virtuoso network, Singapore has played host to more than 60 owners and managers representing Virtuoso agencies from across the region. 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 honor 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


Vicky Karantzavelou

Co-Founder & Chief Editor

Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales. She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.