This week, Virtuoso, the main world journey community specialising in luxurious and experiential journey, held its first Connects event in Edinburgh. The event was held at Cheval The Edinburgh Grand and noticed over 40 members and most well-liked companions from throughout the community come collectively in the Scottish capital for a useful day of networking. This marks Virtuoso’s second European Connects event in 2023, following the success of Connects Rome in May, with occasions in Barcelona and London set to happen September 13 and October 11, respectively.
The day consisted of companion displays and a variety of networking classes that allowed members to listen to the newest information from companions, forge new relationships and uncover the newest choices for shoppers. The event was adopted by a cocktail reception hosted at Cheval The Edinburgh Grand in partnership with The Johnnie Walker Experience Princes Street. Nineteen European Virtuoso member companies attended, together with house owners, managers, frontline advisors and unbiased contractors, and the 21 completely different most well-liked companions in attendance spanned motels, experiential journey experiences, cruises and tourism boards globally, together with manufacturers resembling One&Only Resorts, EDITION Hotels, Rocco Forte Hotels and Aurora Expeditions.
Kieran Smith, Owner and Travel Advisor at HORIZONALLY Luxury Travel Concierge feedback: “Virtuoso events bring like-minded peers and hospitality professionals together, and offer the opportunity to learn, develop and network. This is gold dust for me and ensures I can provide my clients with exceptional value as it forges personal connections around the globe, ensuring when I book, I know my travellers are looked after as a priority by all Virtuoso partners”.
Virtuoso General Manager for U.Ok., Ireland, Middle East & Africa Karen Joyce stated: “We’re so pleased to have been able to hold our first Connects event in Edinburgh, and for our members and preferred partners to experience the city. The events provide a great opportunity for networking and to hear about the latest news from within the industry. Whilst we continue to focus on growth in this region, the Connects series is of key importance to us and we look forward to hosting events in Barcelona and London later this year.”
The Connects occasions, that are complimentary to individuals, are designed to offer members from throughout the continent a chance to create invaluable connections and meet with a spread of Virtuoso’s most well-liked companions in an intimate setting, while experiencing new and thrilling locations.
Talking in regards to the event, Grant Holmes, Head of Private at A Small World Travel notes: “Connects Edinburgh provided a fantastic chance to network with our hotel, cruise and destination partners in a really collaborative environment. These Virtuoso events give us (Virtuoso travel advisors) the wonderful opportunity to be in cities like Edinburgh and experience the city’s culture as well as meeting some of our local luxury partners first-hand.”
Kimberley Foster, companion at 360 Private Travel, feedback: “Being part of the Virtuoso network is invaluable to my company, as it connects me with a huge luxury hospitality community which supports me in growing my luxury leisure business. Having just attended Virtuoso Connects Edinburgh, not only have I met new luxury brands, but we ended the event with Johnny Walker cocktails overlooking the Edinburgh castle in the glorious sunshine.”
Event sponsors included Samaritaine, The Madrid EDITION, One&Only Resorts, De L’Europe Amsterdam, Cheval The Edinburgh Grand and The Johnnie Walker Experience Princes Street.