What Happened At Virtuoso Travel Week?


This year I went to my first Virtuoso Travel Week in August 2018. Did you know that I am now planning and booking travel? Where do you want to wander? Find more information about me and my luxury travel advising as an independent affiliate of CRUISE and RESORT, Inc with Virtuoso Luxury Travel Network on my new microsite!

Are you wondering what happened at the Virtuoso Travel Week conference in Las Vegas?

I made several videos to share about my experiences at the conference.

Video #1Did I love being at Virtuoso Travel Week?

For the first two days, I went to three fantastic Professional Development seminars and to three Adventure Community Pavilions where I met the best suppliers providing experiences for our clients.

Media Matters: How to Land Yourself in the Papers (in a Good Way!)
Misty Ewing Belles
Virtuoso’s Managing Director of Global Public Relations – will share techniques for getting noticed by the media. This session includes tips for how to position yourself as a subject-matter expert and a valuable source for journalists. From pitching stories to handling interviews like a pro, Virtuoso PR will reveal best practices for landing yourself in the press. You’ll also learn what resources are available from Virtuoso as part of your membership, as well as how to translate press coverage into increased sales.
Lisa Niver and Misty Ewing Belles Virtuoso Travel Week 2018
Lisa Niver and Misty Ewing Belles, Virtuoso Travel Week 2018

Six Steps to Effective, Retellable Stories by Jay Golden

The world is made up of stories. We tell stories to remember, stories to connect, and stories to persuade. But what are stories, really? And how can our own stories deliver our most critical insights, at the most essential times, to our most important audiences? Storytelling coach Jay Golden will lead a fun, highly interactive session that will take you deep into the realm of story. Largely based on Mr. Golden’s Journey Curve storytelling framework, the teachings of this course will help you find, shape, and effectively share your most important stories. Along the way, we’ll explore the science behind why stories work, explore techniques to make yours work better, and discuss various genres of stories that will help your audiences understand more deeply what you do in the world, and why it matters.

Video: Your Ticket to More Searches, More Credibility, and More Sales by Jill Schiefelbein

The way customers search for you and the services you provide has fundamentally changed. The information economy presents a new set of challenges for advisors that require you to use new techniques and personalized services to reach the minds and hearts of your buyers. To do this, you have to know how to communicate to both humans and computers. And you need to learn how to do this in the channel that gives you the most bang for your buck: video. This session outlines everything you need to know about making video a successful communication and marketing strategy for your business. From attracting new customers, gaining credibility and media exposure, and strengthening existing customer relationships, Jill Schiefelbein will provide multiple strategies, technologies, and tools that you can use and implement immediately.

The Virtuoso Adventure Travel Community focuses on partners who offer adventurous experiences that include physical activity, a connection with nature, and exploration of unique cultural experiences. Come join Adventure partners to learn about experiences for your most adventurous and active clients.

Community Globetrotting “B”

African Travel, Inc.
Lisa Niver at Backroads Virtuoso Travel Week 2018
Big Five Tours & Expeditions
Celebrity Cruises
Heritage Tours
Lima Tours
Lindblad Expeditions
Natural Habitat Adventures
Revealed America
South African Tourism
Switzerland Tourism
The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls
Zegrahm Expeditions
Lisa Niver at Lima Tours Virtuoso Travel Week 2018
Globetrotting: Virtuoso Adventure Travel C
Aqua Expeditions
Austin Adventures
Blue Parallel
Butterfield & Robinson
Ladatco Tours
G Adventures
Kensington Tours
Lisa Niver and New Zealand Virtuoso Travel Week 2018
Los Cabos Tourism Board
Nomadic Expeditions
Silversea Expeditions
Southern World Australia, NZ & Fiji
Ted Turner Expeditions
Tourism Australia
UnCruise Adventures
Wilderness Safaris
Globetrotting: Virtuoso Adventure Travel A
Abercrombie & Kent
Alpine Adventures
Lisa Niver Antarctica Virtuoso Travel Week 2018
Cox & Kings, The Americas
Discover Holidays
International Expeditions
Micato Safaris
National Geographic Expeditions
Quark Expeditions
Remote Lands, Inc.
Swain Destinations
Tourism New Zealand
Tourism Vancouver
Virtuoso Travel Week Welcome Ceremony 2018

Matthew Upchurch said about his father: “My father was a pioneer in this business, and I am forever grateful that he introduced me to the world and this industry at such an early age,” said Matthew Upchurch. “He had a nose for knowing what the luxury traveler wanted, and it wasn’t necessarily the traditional refinement found in five-star hotels or transatlantic cruise liners. He knew the world offered more than that. His insatiable curiosity about the unknown, his passion for other people and their cultures, and his tendency to question conventional wisdom with a simple ‘why not?’ opened the door for others to experience countries that were not considered tourism-friendly yet. He left his mark on this industry that he loved so much.”

Video #3Did You Watch The Amazing African Children’s Choir Sing?

See more of our Vegas Adventures for Virtuoso Travel Week in PART TWO with more videos!
And remember: I am now planning and booking travel?

Where do you want to wander? Find more information about me and my luxury travel advising as an independent affiliate of CRUISE and RESORT, Inc with Virtuoso Luxury Travel Network on my new microsite!

Lisa Niver at Virtuoso Travel Week Welcome Ceremony

Where did we stay for Virtuoso Travel Week?

Luxury Las Vegas Dreams do come true!
ARIA Pool Photo by ARIA Resort & Casino

Thank you for all your support!

Lisa Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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