"Even the Lone Ranger didn't do it alone." — Harvey MacKay
The most epic travel event of the year is here! Virtuoso Travel Week kicked off Sunday night with its first-ever hybrid model this year; some are attending in person back at Las Vegas' Bellagio and Aria hotels, while 1,800 of us (me included) opted to keep it virtual this year. Do I have FOMO and wish I was in Vegas? YES. Do I enjoy engaging in back-to-back appointments while barefoot from the comfort of home? YES! Virtuoso upped their virtual game this year with lots of fun behind-the-scenes interviews and content just for us attending virtually. The scale of this travel event is off the charts, and I love it!
What is Virtuoso Travel Week? I'm glad you asked! CLICK HERE to read all about it and why it is AWESOME. I'm reconnecting with owners, founders, general managers, and top sales teams from tour operators, cruise lines, hotels, resorts, tourism boards, and more. I set my schedule as a mix of familiar suppliers and plenty of new faces too. This week is truly all about YOU. I continually engage with travel suppliers we trust to deliver the very best experiences for you, everywhere in the world. I can't say this enough: When you choose Nine Muses Travel, you gain a global network of support behind every trip we build together. Connections matter. Reliable, trusted travel partners matter. Most importantly, YOU matter. I'm in virtual meetings from dawn into the late evening this week because I'm dedicated to making sure Nine Muses Travel guests all receive the VIP attention you deserve.
As a reminder, please check your passport and trusted traveler program expiration dates are not coming up. If they are, submit for renewal now - like right now. If you need take a new passport photo, my friends at G3 Global Services just announced an upgraded Mobile Passport Photo App! It includes a biometric passport/visa photo tool with compliance in 150 countries, and users can check visa and passport requirements, place visa and passport orders, and check order status. CLICK HERE for the G3 Global Services site and app links for your Android or iPhone. The app is really neat! It helps you take the perfect passport photo and checks to make sure it's acceptable before you get it printed.
This week I'm finalizing my own travel arrangements to Italy in October for a Tuscan tourism board event I'm invited to attend, and I'm so excited to plan some pre/post visits too. Just as I'm looking at flight schedules, United announced it's the first airline to require all employees to be vaccinated by five weeks after full FDA approval of a vaccine or five weeks after September 20th - whichever comes first. Earlier this year Delta announced all new employees must be vaccinated too.
Popular escorted tour company, Collette, also announced guests must be vaccinated before international departures from September 1, 2021 – April 30, 2022 to ensure access to sites around the world now requiring proof of vaccine. Nine Muses Travel clients receive some nice perks with Collette: $100 credit toward economy or premium economy flights / $250 credit toward business class flights OR $100 credit toward tour add-ons like pre/post nights and excursions and on-tour optional excursions. PLUS if you book a Collette tour with me by September 6, 2021, I can get you an additional $100 credit!
With all the valuable intel I'm hearing at Virtuoso Travel Week and world-wide relationships I'm nurturing, let's make sure your passport and vaccine cards are ready because I'm sure you're longing to get away as much as I am!
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Danielle Dybiec | Founder & President