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Vision Travel Solutions Named as a Virtuoso National Account


TORONTO, CANADA (February 10, 2015) – Virtuoso®, the luxury travel network specializing in upscale experiences, is proud to announce that Vision Travel Solutions has been named a “National Account,” joining an elite group of top-producing agencies worldwide. Being named a National Account comes with an increased level of resource and support from Virtuoso, including advisor training and dedicated marketing, to enhance Vision Travel’s accelerated business growth.


Vision Travel’s rapid sales growth led to its more prominent placement within the Virtuoso network. The agency now boasts 16 locations, three of which were added in the past 16 months along with more than 100 additional advisors to its already strong salesforce of 250 advisors. Combined with an improving economy, an increasing demand for customized travel experiences and a client approval rating of 98% percent, Vision Travel has enjoyed year-over-year growth of 20 percent.


“Vision Travel Solutions is our largest agency member in Canada and has emerged as a top-producer as well,” says Matthew D. Upchurch, CTC, Chairman and CEO of Virtuoso. “Their engagement in our training programs and support of our preferred partners continues to outpace that of other National Accounts, and their luxury product index is now at 54 percent. This is a significant achievement for Vision, and we are happy to support their efforts.”


Indeed, Vision Travel has seen a 12 percent jump in their luxury index, meaning higher-end types of travel products. The agency has also committed to staying at the forefront by stressing the importance of education. For 2014, their advisors completed more than 1,700 courses in the Virtuoso Travel Academy, as compared to 544 courses completed in 2013.


“We are proud to have earned a National Account designation with Virtuoso,” says Stephanie Aneivch of Vision Travel Solutions. “Although we can attribute our growth to several factors, we know that taking advantage of Virtuoso’s negotiated amenities provides us with competitive advantages, their marketing and technology help us reach more clients, and their professional development courses ensure our advisors are some of the best in the industry. We look forward to working closely with Virtuoso to further our growth efforts and, ultimately, better serve our clients.”


Virtuoso is a global travel agency network comprising 355 luxury-focused travel agencies in 25 countries, with a combined salesforce nearly 9,000 strong, and annual sales exceeding (U.S.) $12.5 billion. Clients of Virtuoso agencies receive personalized experiences, exclusive access and enhanced amenities not available through other channels. Carefully cultivated relationships with top-level executives from the world’s best travel companies result in recognition and VIP treatment the world over for Virtuoso guests. Virtuoso is the leader in the luxury sector, and has exacting standards for both travel agency and preferred supplier partners. Providing travelers with advice, access, advocacy and accountability, Virtuoso enhances lives through human connection