January 2008

Latitude Adjustment - Vituoso: Making Good Vacations Great

Author: Kate Keep

Imagine this: A special anniversary is coming up, so you and your loved one decide to celebrate with a long weekend in New York City. You discuss your options with your travel consultant who then reserves a Towers Room at the Waldorf Astoria. You arrive in the city for the big occasion, check in, and are told that you have received a complimentary upgrade to a one-bedroom luxury suite. This is great news as you already knew your travel consultant had booked your room at a discounted price. Your pleasure is doubled when you discover that as a Virtuoso guest you will receive a complimentary buffet breakfast each morning in the Tower’s Astoria Lounge on the 26th floor, plus you have complimentary access to the Health Club, a guaranteed late checkout and an invitation to a special formal afternoon Champagne tea! It is confirmed to your spouse that you are brilliant, and your celebration is off to a wonderful start.

Or, imagine this: You need to get away but, as it happens, you need to make a trip by yourself. Your travel consultant helps you with arrangements for an 8-day cruise on a luxury ship operated by one of the top cruise lines in the industry. After you check in, you are shown to your stateroom (with a glass of champagne in hand) and find an envelope with your name on it in the mail holder outside your door. You are ushered into your stateroom, you walk out onto your balcony to enjoy your bubbly, sit down and open the envelope. The contents are a letter of introduction from your Voyager Club hosts, an invitation to a special, private cocktail party for Voyager Club guests only, and instructions about how you can join the complimentary shore excursion during the cruise. You call the Voyager Club hosts and during your conversation, you are invited to join them that evening for cocktails and dinner. Already, you realize this cruise will be something very special; and isn’t it nice to already know someone onboard?

In case you missed them, the two key phrases in the above examples are “Virtuoso guest” and “Voyager Club.” Naturally, you wonder, what are those and how can I qualify?

The answer is simple: Always make your travel arrangements with a Virtuoso travel consultant!

Virtuoso is an exclusive network of more then 6,000 elite travel consultants in North and South America, the Caribbean and Australia. The 309 Virtuoso member agencies have 527 locations and generate $3 billion travel revenue annually—the most powerful gathering in the luxury travel industry. Exclusive contractual relationships between Virtuoso and the finest luxury resorts, cruise lines, lodges, ranches, spas, airlines and tour operators secure Virtuoso clients the best services and values. Through its immense buying power, Virtuoso is able to negotiate added-value offers, available exclusively to Virtuoso clients. From room upgrades and complimentary meals to private tours and limousine transfers, these perks are available at no additional cost and often turn a good vacation into a great one.

Just by reserving your cruise with a Virtuoso travel consultant, you are instantly enrolled in the Voyager Club, a renowned program that provides amenities such as those listed above, all at no additional cost or fee! Virtuoso offers more than 450 Voyager Club sailings each year. In fact, I will be the Voyager Club host on a Caribbean sailing on Silversea next March as well as a Regent Seven Seas cruise sailing in June from Monte Carlo to Dover, England. Voyager Club sailings are available throughout the year, all around the world.

Want to learn more? Join all of us at Valerie Wilson Travel/Hilton Head and many of our Virtuoso partners at our annual Travelfest, at the Westin hotel, January 8, 2008, at 3 p.m.
Just call our office (843-341-2000) to let us know you’ll be there, and we’ll help you learn more about the extra travel pleasures Virtuoso and Valerie Wilson Travel can provide for YOU!

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