Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tags: Luxury Travel, Virtuoso Virtuoso’s ‘Best of the Best’ directory taps into 2017 hotel trends NEW YORK — Virtuoso has released its ‘Best of the Best’ directory for 2017, the largest collection to date with 656 pages, including 75 new properties, bringing the total portfolio to over 1,150 hotels in 100 countries.According to Virtuoso, hot hotel trends include:Luxury hotel boom in emerging destinationsSouth Africa, Portugal and Colombia are among the top up-and-coming destinations, says Virtuoso. New luxury hotels and resorts include South Africa’s Tswalu Kalahari and Six Senses Douro Valley in Portugal.Hotel lobbies that ‘work’Hotels are upgrading their lobbies to create a more comfortable work place to meet, network and conduct business. Two examples: San Francisco’s The Palace Hotel and the Four Seasons Hotel New York.Hotels that bring destinations to lifeVirtuoso’s new collection incorporates 76 pages dedicated to cultural itineraries. These include sushi making with one of Tokyo’s top chefs, camel rides along Erg Chebbi and night safaris in Laos. Hotels are also now immersed in famous regions terrain, such as Amanera Resort inside the Dominican Republic’s jungle and Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, located in Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas.More news: AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsBoutique rulesBoutique and one-of-a-kind experiences are highly coveted. Some 60% of the 40 boutique hotels in Virtuoso’s directory have fewer than 100 rooms. New additions include Ted Turner’s one-room Ladder Ranch, spread over a 156,000-acre property, and the 18-room Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa with outdoor hot springs, both located in New Mexico.Wellness 3.0Wellness travel is expanding 50% faster than the overall tourism industry and is expected to hit US$680 billion this year, says Virtuoso. A destination spa in Sedona, Mii amo, offers therapies such as Reiki, a Japanese technique for stress reduction. Clinique La Prairie in Switzerland, a new medical retreat, combines cell therapy and holistic wellness.
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Uniworld’s new District Sales Manager arrives from Porter Airlines Share Wednesday, September 19, 2018 TORONTO — Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has named Carlo Rinaldi as District Sales Manager for Eastern Canada, effective immediately.Rinaldi brings more than 15 years of experience in the Canadian hospitality and travel industry to his new role, most recently at Porter Airlines as one of the founding members of its sales team.“We are very excited to have Carlo join our North American sales team,” says Michelle Palma, Vice President, Field Sales of North America for Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection. “Carlo brings a wealth of expertise in sales and new business development to this role. His ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with our agency partners will allow Uniworld to build our market share in Eastern Canada in 2019 and beyond.”Kristian Anderson, Senior Vice President of Global Sales for Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection adds: “Carlo has the passion, drive and commitment that we need to grow our business with our agency partners.”More news: Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemRinaldi’s knowledge of the trade business, including direct experience in business development, sales strategy and account management with brands such as Starwood, IHG and Delta Hotels, will allow Uniworld to further strengthen its presence in Eastern Canada, says Anderson.For the last 10 years Rinaldi was with Porter Airlines in Québec and contributed to its corporate and agency growth in Eastern Canada.He can be reached at [email protected], (818) 382-2718 at the office or via his mobile on (514) 743-6001. Travelweek Group