FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 30, 2018 – Global luxury travel network Virtuoso® congratulates Ovation Travel Group located in New York City as the winner of this year’s sought-after Virtuoso Innovation Award for Personnel Empowerment at the 30th annual Virtuoso Travel Week. Gina Gabbard, Senior Vice President, Leisure & Independent Advisors at Ovation received the award during Virtuoso Travel Week at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The accolade is especially noteworthy as only a fraction of the network’s 17,500 advisors and 1,000-plus agency members are honored at Virtuoso Travel Week.
“Ovation’s achievements, including exceptional innovation, thorough knowledge and employee empowerment, have helped Virtuoso become the industry-leading network it is today,” said David Kolner, senior vice president, Global Member Partnerships at Virtuoso. “Ovation is respected for the high caliber of its clients, and the close relationships they enjoy with our partners. As one of our exclusive award winners, Ovation is enhancing Virtuoso’s reputation as a trailblazer in the luxury travel industry, providing the network with a competitive edge in serving savvy global travelers.”
“At Ovation we strive to create an open culture of support and knowledge sharing,” said Gina Gabbard, Senior Vice President, Leisure and Independent Advisors at Ovation. “We are proud of the generous spirit our empowerment programs promote and we want to continue to cultivate an environment of trust to allow for even better and more creative travel planning ideas in the future. This Virtuoso Award is a true honor because it means being recognized by the industry’s most elite luxury travel network who like us, truly values and celebrates innovation.”
Ovation Travel Group began operations almost 35 years ago and is one of the largest independently owned travel companies headquartered in the U.S. Ovation is a $1.1 billion travel company with travel consultants in more than 30 locations throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. Ovation is the largest affiliate of BCD Travel and utilizes BCD’s global network to fulfill its clients’ travel programs across the globe. With over 600 employees and over 200 independent travel advisors, Ovation provides business travel services, bespoke luxury travel experiences and meeting and special events planning for over 700 professional organizations and over 200,000 travelers.
Virtuoso® is the leading international travel agency network specializing in luxury and experiential travel. This by-invitation-only organization comprises over 1,000 travel agency partners with 17,500 elite travel advisors in 50 countries throughout North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Drawing upon its preferred relationships with 1,700 of the world’s best hotels and resorts, cruise lines, airlines, tour companies and premier destinations, the network provides its upscale clientele with exclusive amenities, rare experiences and privileged access. More than (U.S.) $23.7 billion in annual travel sales makes Virtuoso a powerhouse in the luxury travel industry.