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Virtuoso Awards & Recognition

Congratulations to all who were nominated for an award in 2013.

Award winners were announced during Virtuoso Travel Week at the following events: 

Monday, August 12: Destination Showcase Dinner, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm 
Join us for the annual Destination Showcase Dinner. This dinner will bring together the Cruise Lines, On-Sites, Tour Operators, Air & Specialty Suppliers, and Tourism Boards into one dinner that celebrates the world. 

Wednesday, August 14: The 7th Annual Hotels & Resorts Dinner and Best of the Best Awards Ceremony, 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
This by invitation-only, annual dinner provides a spectacular evening of entertainment and recognition, acknowledging properties and individuals that best exemplify Virtuoso’s commitment to delivering exceptional experiences. Dress is business attire.

Thursday, August 15: Gala Dinner & Award Presentation, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The annual farewell celebration will feature stellar food, drink, and guests.  We will also be honoring the member advisors and agencies chosen as the best in the network this year. Dress is cocktail attire.


2013 Best of the Best Awards

HOTEL OF THE YEAR 
Winner:  Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong – Hong Kong, China

HOTELIER OF THE YEAR
Winner:  Francois Delahaye, Hotel Plaza Athenee, Dorchester Collection – Paris, France

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN DESIGN 
Winner:  Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve – Dorado, Puerto Rico

BEST CULINARY EXPERIENCE  
Winner:  La Scene, Prince de Galles, A Luxury Collection Hotel – Paris, France

BEST BAR
  
Winner:  Armani/Bamboo Bar, Armani Hotel Milano – Milan, Italy

BEST FAMILY PROGRAM 
Winner:  The Gleneagles Hotel – Perthshire, Scotland

BEST SPA  
Winner:  Spa Mukul, Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa – Tola, Nicaragua

MOST INNOVATIVE GUEST EXPERIENCE 
Winner:  Banjaar Tola by Taj Safaris – Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM LEADERSHIP – HOTEL CATEGORY
Winner:  The Savoy – London, England

ONE TO WATCH 
Winner:  The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort – Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.





2013 Member and Supplier Peer-to-Peer Awards

MEMBER AWARDS
 
MOST HOSPITABLE MEMBER AGENCY 
Winner: Camelback Odyssey Travel – Phoenix, Arizona


MOST INNOVATIVE ADVISOR
Winner:  Stacy Small, Elite Travel International

VIRTUOSO RISING STAR
Winner:  Beth Jenkins, McCabe World Travel

MOST ADMIRED ADVISOR – AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND 
Winner: 
Beverly Cohen, Wentworth Travel

MOST ADMIRED ADVISOR – LATIN AMERICA/CARIBBEAN/BERMUDA
Winner: 
Rosario Florez, Viajes Rosario Florez

MOST ADMIRED ADVISOR – USA/CANADA
Winner: 
Judy Stein, Ovation Vacations

TOP YEAR-OVER-YEAR REVENUE GROWTH  
Winner:
Travel Experts, Inc.

TOP YEAR-OVER-YEAR PERCENTAGE GROWTH  
Winner: 
Sanborn's Travel Service

HIGHEST PRODUCTION PER ADVISOR
Winner:  Northstar Cruises 

MOST ENGAGED AGENCY
Winner:  Landings Travel

TOP PRODUCTION – VIRTUOSO AIR  
Winner:  Travel Experts, Inc.  

TOP PRODUCTION – AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND
Winner:  MTA Travel

TOP PRODUCTION – LATIN AMERICA/CARIBBEAN/BERMUDA
Winner:  Teresa Perez Tours  

TOP PRODUCTION – VIRTUOSO NETWORK
Winner:  Protravel International, Inc.  



SUPPLIER AWARDS


BEST AIRLINE PARTNER
Winner:  Virgin Atlantic Airways

BEST ACTIVE & SPECIALTY PROVIDER (VAST)
Winner:  Micato Safaris

BEST ESCORTED TOUR OPERATOR
Winner:  Tauck

BEST FIT / CUSTOM TOUR OPERATOR
Winner:  Classic Vacations

BEST LUXURY CRUISE LINE 
Winner: 
Regent Seven Seas Cruises

BEST ON-SITE 
Winner: Trails of Indochina – Southeast Asia

BEST PREMIUM / CONTEMPORARY CRUISE LINE
Winner:  Oceania Cruises

BEST RIVER CRUISE LINE 
Winner:  AmaWaterways


BEST SPECIALTY PARTNER 
Winner:  
Travelex Insurance Services

BEST VOYAGER CLUB EVENT
Winner:
  Abercrombie & Kent Chile – Punta Arenas, Chile

TOURISM BOARD OF THE YEAR
Winner:  Switzerland Tourism

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM LEADERSHIP
Winner:  Lindblad Expeditions