- Luxury travel network hold Vegas get-together
- Members generate approximately $9.6 billion in luxury travel sales annually
- Best bar, best spa and hotel of year announced
It was a frenetic week in Vegas for members of the luxury-travel industry.
Virtuoso, the self-proclaimed "leading luxury travel network," hosted its annual travel conference at the Bellagio last week.
Virtuoso's members reportedly generate around $9.6 billion in luxury travel sales each year.
More than 4,200 industry members from 90 countries were in town for this year's speeches, luncheons and the luxury travel industry's equivalent of speed dating (four-minute meetings), with the aim of closing extravagant bookings.
Just how extravagant?
A three-night, $450,000 wedding at Mexican luxury resort Rosewood Mayakoba closed within four minutes for VIP travel agent Jack Ezon, who told Las Vegas Review-Journal that Virtuoso Travel Week was "the most important week of the year" for his company.
The network also announced its annual Best of the Best Hotel Awards, which honors 10 winners from the network's portfolio of 983 luxury properties around the world.
The winning hotels were picked by editors of Virtuoso Life, the network's travel magazine, based on feedback from its reported 200,000 readers. Take a look at their choices below:
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Best of the Best Hotel Awards - winners
Best Achievement in Design: Dorado Beach, Dorado, Puerto Rico
Best Culinary Experience: La Scene, Prince de Galles, Paris
Best Bar: The Armani/Bamboo Bar, Armani Hotel Milano, Milan
Best Family Program: The Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland
Best Spa: Spa Mukul, Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa -- Tola, Nicaragua
Most Innovative Guest Experience: Banjaar Tola by Taj Safaris -- Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India
Sustainable Tourism Leadership - Hotel: The Savoy, London
One to Watch: The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Hotelier of the Year: Francois Delahaye, Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris
Hotel of the Year: Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong