(LAS VEGAS) - Leading luxury travel network, Virtuoso®, proudly honored a venerated group of hotels, resorts and hospitality professionals with prestigious “Best of the Best” Awards during its 24th Virtuoso Travel Week conference, taking place in Las Vegas this week. The Beverly Hills Hotel, a Dorchester Collection property, took home the award for “Best Hotel of the Year”, before an audience of 1,450 attendees, including some of the biggest names in hospitality as well as the travel agency community, during the Hotels & Resorts Dinner on August 15. This year marked the 20th anniversary for Virtuoso’s renowned Hotels & Resorts Program, with a celebration befitting the occasion.
“We are delighted that The Beverly Hills Hotel has been voted Virtuoso's 'Best Hotel of the Year', and wish to thank you all for this great honor and your continued support across Dorchester Collection,” said Edward A. Mady, Regional Director, USA, West Coast and General Manager of The Beverly Hills Hotel. “The Beverly Hills Hotel has been home to countless stars over the past century. Today, the hotel's real stars are our employees, who work tirelessly to deliver exceptional service, so this award is dedicated to the entire team.”
“Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts is not only the longest running program in the industry, it’s also the most prestigious with more five-star properties and the highest valued amenities,” said Albert Herrera, Virtuoso’s Vice President of Hotels, Destinations & Tours. “With a portfolio as varied and impressive as ours, it creates a highly competitive landscape. As the recipient of the award for “Best Hotel of the Year”, The Beverly Hills Hotel proves it is a standout amongst the world’s most phenomenal hotels.”
The Virtuoso “Best of the Best’ Awards recognize hotels, resorts and hospitality professionals in ten categories ranging from most innovative guest experience to hotel and hotelier of the year. Editors of VIRTUOSO LIFE, the network’s multi-award-winning flagship magazine, carefully reviewed the roster of more than 975 properties to determine the nominees, while the network’s elite travel advisors carefully selected the winners.
Hotel of the Year: The Beverly Hills Hotel, The Dorchester Collection, California
Beloved by entertainment royalty, a haven for the world’s famous, and now a century-old landmark, Dorchester Collection’s Beverly Hills Hotel opened before the city of Beverly Hills was officially incorporated and signaled the birth of the community. From the iconic Polo Lounge, recognized as the place to see-and-be-seen by the city’s power dining elite, to the historic bungalows that have welcomed Hollywood royalty, the “Pink Palace” has become a cherished second home to generations of entertainment elite.
Virtuoso Travel Week brings together more than 1,800 travel advisors from Virtuoso’s elite travel agency members in 20 countries, as well as executives from the network’s more than 1,250 preferred travel providers – hotels/resorts/spas, private islands, villas, cruise lines & private yacht companies, tour operators, airlines and private jet companies, tourism boards and many specialty operators. Approximately 4,000 of the most prominent players in luxury travel attend.
Virtuoso® is the industry’s leading luxury travel network. This by-invitation-only organization comprises over 340 agencies with more than 7,200 elite travel specialists in 20 countries in North and South America, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand, as well as over 1,250 of the world’s best travel providers and premier destinations. The network’s member agencies generate over $9.6 billion annually in travel sales, making the group the most powerful in the luxury travel segment. Their relationships with the finest travel companies provide the network’s affluent clientele with exclusive amenities, rare experiences and privileged access. For more information, visit www.virtuoso.com. To view Virtuoso’s latest videos, go to http://www.youtube.com/user/VirtuosoTraveler.
Notes to editors:
Dorchester Collection is a portfolio of the world’s foremost luxury hotels in Europe and the USA, each of which reflects the distinctive culture of its destination. By applying its unrivalled experience and capability in owning and operating some of the greatest individual hotels, the company’s mission is to develop an impeccable group of the finest landmark hotels through acquisition as well as management of wholly-owned and part-owned hotels, and to enter into management agreements.
The current portfolio includes the following hotels (in order of them joining the group): The Dorchester, London; The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills; Le Meurice, Paris; Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris; Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan; Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles; Coworth Park, Ascot, UK; 45 Park Lane, London; and Le Richemond, Geneva.
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