Sustainability remains top priority
In a recent survey, 74% of Virtuoso travelers said they would be willing to pay more for sustainable travel if they knew where their money was going. And 70% agreed that sustainable travel actually improves their vacation experience. Travelers are increasingly keen on purposeful travel, not just in a strictly ecological sense. They are also looking for companies and experience focused on: “Benefit local people and economy” When “Protecting Natural and Cultural Heritage”
Travelers of all ages are willing to spend money on value-added services – just like a good travel advisor
According to a recent Virtuoso survey, 76% of travelers accept where we live. “New Normal” This explains the growing demand and increasing value for expert advisors that can save travelers time, energy and the headache of answering the phone for hours to assist their customers. Even generations are turning to trip advisor. “My daughter is 25 and recommends using a travel expert.” Virtuoso Travel Advisor Susan Bowman said: “She tells everyone and her friends agree. Many travelers choose to work with a dedicated travel advisor between navigating their airport trip and handling travel logistics. “One of the simplest definitions of luxury is: ‘Of course I can do it. I don’t want to.'” Virtuoso Chairman and CEO Matthew D. Upchurch said: “Travelers want to find someone who knows what they’re doing, has connections, saves time and pushes them.”
Travelers are back to planning ahead
With record numbers of people traveling, booking flights and hotels has never been this hot. In response to this pent-up demand, travelers are now booking trips an average of 58 days in advance for domestic hotel stays and 80 days in advance for international travel (compared to 44 and 60 days respectively in 2019). do). “There is so much last minute demand that we literally run out of space.” Virtuoso Advisor Beth Washington said: “More people are willing to think ahead to 2023 instead of making last-minute plans.”
Off-season travel is gaining momentum
if it was like Everyone I was in Europe this summer because of them. A Virtuoso poll found that seven of his top 10 international travel destinations this summer were in Europe, with Italy and France at the top. Due to the surge in bookings, some destinations such as Italy are concerned about the impact of overtourism. As a result, the Italian travel expert, his second favorite for fall travel, advises travelers to travel during the off-season. It’s a win-win for the destination and for travelers who can see their favorite places without the crowds. According to a recent survey, the majority of Virtuoso travelers say they are happy to visit popular destinations in the off-season. Virtuoso’s own editor suggests booking a room in his Passalacqua, a new villa on Lake Como by hotelier Valentina De Santis and her Grand Hotel Tremezzo team.
Palm-fringed beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters and island-hopping. No, I’m talking about the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in India, not the Maldives. Located at the southeastern tip of the Bay of Bengal, the archipelago is known for its spectacular diving and bioluminescent waters, and travelers can experience night kayaking off Havelock Island.
About a 45-minute drive north of Cabo San Lucas, the East Cape is a relatively unknown part of the Sea of Cortez where a new Four Seasons resort has just landed. According to the tourism office, the destination is a nature lover’s dream and is located near Cape Puma National Marine Park, a UNESCO Marine World Heritage Site.
All eyes are on Greenland! Silversea plans to launch new itineraries next year in the Arctic country, the world’s largest island, and other cruise lines, including Quark and Lindblad, plan to expand their offerings.
Virtuoso Onsite Tour Connections Access Italy Virtuoso has set foot in one of its hidden gems, the beautifully preserved hilltop village of Civita di Bagnoregio. Located between Rome and Florence, this medieval city can only be reached by footbridge. And for now, it’s fortunately stayed under the radar.
Other insider news
One of the best ways to plan your future trips is to create a Wanderlist and share it with your Virtuoso Advisor. A Virtuoso Advisor can help you fulfill your dreams of harvesting pearls in Australia or fulfilling a private tour of Georgia O’Keeffe’s home and studio. Virtuoso has leveraged its global network to find out what else citizens around the world can experience.
- A new astronaut-inspired camp will land in Antarctica in December. Ultra-luxury tour operator White Desert’s Echo will consist of six futuristic sleeping pods and common areas inspired by the love of Buzz his Aldrin and co-founder Patrick Woodhead. Star Wars. This experience is $104,000 per person and includes an excursion to the South Pole and a private flight to and from the Ice Landing Strip on the doorstep of the property.
- Earlier this month, Auberge Resorts opened a relaxing surf retreat in Punta de Mita on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Susulos del Corazon has 59 rooms and 30 villas clustered around a three-level infinity-edge pool. Activities include “Surf Safari” It takes guests to lesser-known beaches, with consistent breaks and little to no crowds.
- Fiusi, Italy is the setting for the ranch’s newest outpost. Wellness retreats offer week-long detox and hikes along ancient trade pilgrimage routes.
- Armendariz is the latest addition to the Ted Turner Preserve, known for its sustainable wildlife refuges in the American Southwest. Located on 360,000 acres in New Mexico’s Chihuahua Desert, the four-bedroom hacienda features a private his chef, as well as experiences such as nature photography workshops, wildlife tours, and mountain biking.
- Iceland’s first rooftop bar is born! Next spring, the Reykjavík EDITION will feature a rooftop perch where guests can enjoy cocktails while admiring the Northern Lights.
- This month, Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace is unveiling six vegan suites that are free of animal products and feature vegan menus and amenities.
- Starting this season, guests of the Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole can hop aboard a private plane to discover the remote corners of Yellowstone National Park. There, meet with an expert naturalist and learn about the region’s elusive gray wolf. Close-up.
- Safari operator Singita has created art galleries in its lodges in Sabi Sand and Kruger National Park. These spaces will showcase works by well-known and emerging African artists. This initiative is part of Singita’s overarching mission to celebrate local culture and incorporate it into its offerings.
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