As a result of the widely successful Vallarta-Nayarit campaign and the strategic alliance with the Mexico Tourism Board, the Puerto Vallarta Board of Tourism and the Convention and Visitors Bureaus of Riviera Nayarit (CVB) participated in the twenty-sixth edition of Virtuoso Travel Week held in Las Vegas, Nevada this past August 11th through the 14th.
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Puerto Vallarta, who has participated in the conference during four previous editions, proved ever-popular with over 200 appointments with Premium agencies that represent an important segment of customers from around the world; Puerto Vallarta met with 152 agencies in the United States, 48 from Latin America, the Caribbean and 18 agencies of Australia and New Zealand.
The consultants were very interested in the renovations that have been taking place at in the destination, including the remodeled boardwalk, Los Muertos pier, and showed a special interest in luxury properties such as Casa Velas and Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa and boutique hotels that represent the cultural and architectural history of downtown along with a number of luxurious villas in the Marina, Mismaloya and Conchas Chinas areas.
Likewise, agents drew great interest in the authenticity of Puerto Vallarta emphasizing the wide array of awards appointed to the friendliest; including recently being honored as Travel+Leisure´s “No. 4 Top City in Mexico, Central and South America “; Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa landed a position in Elite Traveler´s “Top 101 Suites in the World” list; Casa Velas has been recognized by the prestigious Expedia® Insider’s Select; and CasaMagna Marriott selected as “Top 10 Resorts in the Pacific Riviera” by Conde Nast Traveler.
With over 350 appointments for the joint Vallarta-Nayarit, the event whose slogan is “insider access to luxury travel” was framed with the highest attendance to date, with active participation from 92 countries and 4,420 agents. Vistuoso Travel Week is the most important event amongst the tourism industry that address to the highest class and include solely the most exclusive properties and services worldwide. With events like these, the presence of brands such as Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit is becoming ever-more strong within the luxury segment, further boosting growth in sales for properties at such standard.
Globally, the Virtuoso network promotes destination tourism in 50 countries, among them Mexico, Italy, France, Spain, United States and Canada. Its sales exceed 9.6 billion dollars, making it the most powerful luxury travel network.
International tour operators who are members of Virtuoso and offer services to Mexico include Abercrombie & Kent, Island Destinations, Brendan Vacations, Classic Vacations, American Safari Cruises, Backroads, Globus GOGO World Wide Vacations, Lindblad Expeditions, Natural Habitat Adventures, Pleasant Holidays, Trafalgar Tours Travel Bound and Travcoa.
The airlines that are members of Virtuoso and flying to Mexico are Air Canada, Air Europa, Air France, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta,LAN,Lufthansa, Qantas, United, American Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.