Some of the world’s best luxury hotels were on show for the first time in March with the inaugural Virtuoso New Zealand Travel Week road show.

“With over 30 Virtuoso Partner hotels and resorts on show, the Road show event will give local Virtuoso advisors the most up to date information on some of the most sought after luxury hotels across the world without having to leave Auckland,” Virtuoso Asia-Pacific managing director Michael Londregan said.

“This is the first time Virtuoso has offered access to their hotel partners through a local event that will showcase these beautiful products – reflecting the growing demand for luxury travel from New Zealand travelers.

“Last year saw extraordinary growth in the number of Virtuoso advisors in New Zealand, and we are pleased to offer them this valuable opportunity to connect directly with high quality, international hotel brands.”

Londregan said more than 40 New Zealand based luxury advisors attended the session, held at the Aotea Centre in Auckland.

“Last year saw a sizable increase, of more than six per cent, in the number of New Zealanders travelling internationally, with a large number of these travelers seeking out luxury experiences.

“Luxury travelers in particular are looking for high level service from their travel advisor and value the experiences they can curate and Virtuoso advisors are masters in turning travel into a VIP experience.

“It is important to recognise that it is almost impossible to VIP oneself and these ‘advisor-meets-supplier’ events provide the gateway to bespoke and personalised service where the advisor might contact the hotel to let them know your dietary requirements or your interests and the hotel can then actively work to make your stay more enjoyable.

“Virtuoso advisors make their client feel pampered and ensure they are treated to unexpected added touches, intuitive service and attention to personal needs.”