Published on : Tuesday, August 19, 2014
National Geographic announced that it has established an alliance with Virtuoso, the leading international luxury travel network, to promote National Geographic Expeditions travel programs through Virtuoso’s global consortium of travel agencies and travel advisors.
National Geographic and Virtuoso will also collaborate on the development and launch of National Geographic Private Expeditions, a new line of trips geared toward independent travelers.
National Geographic Expeditions travel programs span the gamut from active adventures, family trips, and natural history and cultural explorations to small-ship expeditions, photography workshops and trips, and private jet expeditions.
Virtuoso comprises over 340 agencies with more than 8,900 elite travel specialists in 20 countries in North and South America, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand.
The new line of unique National Geographic Private Expeditions trips for independent travelers will be marketed and sold exclusively by National Geographic Expeditions and the Virtuoso network.
Travelers on these Private Expeditions will be able to choose from approximately 20 specially crafted itineraries, and then select their travel dates and with whom they wish to travel, whether their spouse, friend or extended family
. As with all National Geographic trips, the Private Expeditions itineraries will embrace authentic, meaningful and transformative travel experiences and will be developed with guidance from National Geographic’s vast network of experts and contacts around the world.
The new Private Expeditions will launch this fall.
“Virtuoso’s leadership in providing expert travel advice and its exceptional reputation as an innovator in the travel sphere make it an ideal partner for National Geographic Expeditions,” said Lynn Cutter, National Geographic’s executive vice president, Travel and Licensing.
“This alliance provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase our broad spectrum of unique and experiential travel programs to Virtuoso clients worldwide
. And we are thrilled to collaborate with Virtuoso to tap into the strong growth we have seen in the independent travel sector with the introduction of our new line of Private Expeditions.”
“We are very pleased to be teaming up with such an iconic and beloved organization,” said David Kolner, executive vice president of Consumer for Virtuoso.
“National Geographic’s history in providing unique adventures aligns perfectly with Virtuoso’s expertise in planning experiential travel.
This partnership blends authenticity with unparalleled service and seamless customization for the National Geographic traveler.”
Source: National Geographic