Virtuoso's target clientele, high-net-worth individuals with more
than US$1 million in liquid assets, is growing in every market around
the world at a faster clip than projected last year.
"We expect 16 million new high-net-worths to be created in a
five-year period between 2021 and 2026," Virtuoso executive vice
president David Kolner said during the Virtuoso Travel Week conference.
While Virtuoso predicted growth in high-net-worth people last year,
Kolner said that projections this year have accelerated by 18%. The
travel agency network is working to reach high-net-worth individuals
with the continuation of its "So Virtuoso" marketing campaign, which
launched last year.
Huge sales growth in 2023
In the first half of 2023, Virtuoso's sales outpaced last year's by
37%, and 2022 was a record year, Kolner said. Sales in the first half of
this year outpaced 2019 sales by a whopping 56%.
Cruise sales in the first half of 2023 were 23% higher than 2019.
Hotel sales were up 19% from last last year and 100% from 2019.
"It's not all due to the mastery of the pricing people – we can see
that the bookings are also up by nearly 20% compared to 2019," Kolner
said. "So the increased sales aren't just average daily rate."
Virtuoso member agencies are also at an all-time high for optimism,
Kolner said. A pulse survey of members completed in July found 87% of
respondents were feeling optimistic about their business. Twelve percent
reported being neutral/unsure.
Going forward, things are trending positively. Americans' bookings
for trips outside the U.S. are up 39% from last year and up more than
100% from 2019.
For fall and the festive season this year, sales and bookings are up.
"So it's not just higher prices, it's actually more bookings on file,"
Source: Travel Weekly