TRAVEL ASPIRATIONS GO GLOBAL: AS REVEALED BY VIRTUOSO LIFE MAGAZINE’S ANNUAL “TRAVEL DREAMS” SURVEY World Cruise Voted the Ultimate Travel Dream; Australia Ranks the Most Desired Destination
NEW YORK (June 29, 2010) – In 2010, travel aspirations have gone global, according to the results from the fourth annual Travel Dreams Sweepstakes Survey, presented by leading luxury travel network, Virtuoso®. Nearly 11,000 readers of VIRTUOSO LIFE, the network’s award-winning magazine, weighed in on the survey to reveal the exotic lands, life-changing experiences and thrilling adventures that upscale travelers are currently seeking. When asked what they consider the trip of a lifetime, readers were clear that setting sail for a world cruise would be a paramount experience. Calling on all seven continents and visiting the new wonders of the world followed close behind as trips of a lifetime, indicating the desire of travelers to visit the globe. The Galápagos Islands also had a strong presence in this year’s results: This island destination was named the most alluring island escape; the second best outdoor adventure; and the third best destination for families. “This year’s survey results reflect a shift in consumers’ motivation to travel,” said Elaine Srnka, editorial director for VIRTUOSO LIFE. “Travelers want to see the world. They are no longer content with staying in one place. Whether it’s visiting the far corners of the earth on a world cruise, hiking through remote Machu Picchu or tasting local cuisine through cooking schools, travelers want unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences.” The top 10 dream destinations also reflected readers’ longing to visit far-off lands, with Australia, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa and Greece nabbing the first five spots. Paris held onto its reign as the most romantic city to spend time with a loved one, as well as the best gourmet city. Rome remains the city with the most beautiful architecture, and Tuscany continues to be the wine region travelers want to toast the most. Again this year, readers felt going on a safari to Africa would merit the best outdoor adventure. The Travel Dreams results largely supported Virtuoso’s 2010 Luxe Report, insight gleaned from the network’s elite travel advisors, which revealed that travelers in 2010 are booking longer vacations to more distant destinations. Of the travel professionals that participated in the Luxe Report survey, 71 percent reported that clients are seeking international travel for 10 days or more. This year, readers had extra enticement to share their opinions: an opportunity to win their own dream trip! Three lucky winners got to choose one of these trips: a ten-day exploration of the Galápagos Islands aboard Lindblad Expeditions’ National Geographic Endeavour; a 12-day cruise aboard the Seabourn Pride from Bangkok to Shanghai; or a trip to South Af¬rica on Virgin Atlantic Airways to spend five nights at the One&Only Cape Town.
VIRTUOSO LIFE’s Travel Dreams survey was designed to gather consumer travel trends and offer inspiration for future journeys. The 12-question survey explored readers’ opinions about everything from their dream destinations and the best cities for dining to the best destinations for romance and families. Top-line results can be found below, and the results are featured in the July/August issue of VIRTUOSO LIFE. To view a digital edition of the VIRTUOSO LIFE July/August “Readers’ Choice Travel Dreams” issue, click cover image below.
About Virtuoso The industry’s leading luxury travel network, Virtuoso® is composed of over 300 agencies with more than 6,000 elite travel advisors in 22 countries in North and South America, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the world’s top travel providers and premier destinations. The network’s Member agencies generate over $5.1 billion annually in travel sales, making it the most powerful group in luxury travel. Virtuoso is also the exclusive network of travel services and benefits provided by MasterCard® for participating World Elite MasterCard® programs. About VIRTUOSO LIFE VIRTUOSO LIFE is the official award-winning travel magazine of Virtuoso, its Member travel agencies and World Elite MasterCard®. It features luxury cruising, top vacation destinations, hotels and resorts, cultural tours, spas, private jet charters and more, and is distributed bi-monthly to the homes of Virtuoso travel advisors’ top clients, reaching more than 200,000 households throughout the United States, Canada, and Brazil. Media Contacts: Misty Ewing Virtuoso – Director, Public Relations Office: (212) 588-8242 / Mobile: (206) 484-8022 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Jami Gordon-Smith / Kelsey Paquin The Brandman Agency Office: (212) 683-2442 E-mails: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org