Virtuoso Travel Week will take the pulse of luxury tourism

The August 10-16 event in Las Vegas, Nevada, will generate $420 million in travel sales.

The luxury travel industry, buyers (travel consultants) and sellers (Preferred Partners) will meet August 10-16 in Las Vegas at Virtuoso Travel Week. More than 6,300 people are expected to attend the event and will conduct more than 340,000 individual appointments resulting in more than $420 million in travel sales.

With more than $23.7 billion in annual travel sales, Virtuoso is a powerhouse in the luxury travel industry.

The Virtuoso network comprises more than 17,500 consultants in more than 1,000 agencies in 50 countries. It has relationships with 1,700 hotels and resorts, cruise lines, airlines, tourism companies and top destinations. The organization offers its clients exclusive services, out of the ordinary experiences and privileged access.
Exclusive travel trends for 2019

2019 is the year of ultrapersonalized travel according to Virtuoso Luxe Report 2019, an annual survey of Virtuoso’s global travel agency partners and advisors, who predicted exclusive travel trends for this year based on current and anticipated bookings.

The report reveals consumer requests for high purchasing power travel that illustrate the desire for a deeper level of personalization and unique experiences. A total of 1,071 travel consultants from Virtuoso affiliated agencies in North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Caribbean, Europe, Africa and the Middle East were surveyed.

Japan tops the list of emerging destinations for the first time, having previously ranked third and fifth in 2018 and 2017, respectively. Multigenerational travel remains strong as the most popular trend for 2019. Italy continues to be the world’s premier destination, as well as the leader in family travel, honeymoons and millennial travel.

Key findings of the Virtuoso Luxe Report 2019:

Main travel trends

Multigenerational Trips
Active or adventure travel
River Cruises
Luxury Cruises
Celebration trips

Top Emerging Destinations

Japan
Croatia
Iceland
Portugal
Egypt

The best global destinations

Italy
France
South Africa
United States
Iceland

The best adventure destinations

South Africa
Iceland
New Zealand
Galapagos Islands
Costa Rica

Favorite destinations for the millennial

Italy
Thailand
Iceland
South Africa
Australia

Main cities

Paris
Rome and New York (draw)
Cape Town
London
Tokyo

The best family travel destinations

Italy
Mexico
Hawaii
Orlando
England

The best honeymoon destinations

Italy
Maldives
French Polynesia
Maui
France

Main cruise itineraries

Mediterranean
European River
Alaska
Caribbean
Greek Islands

Main travel motivations

Explore new destinations
Crossing out items from the wish list
Seek authentic experiences
Rest and relaxation
Spend time or reconnect with loved ones