Virtuoso Travel Week 2014 took place in Las Vegas and saw 4,420 people attend from 92 countries: and our Susan Huxter was one of them.
The annual travel event is one of the biggest networking programmes in the industry. Travel agents, hoteliers, experts, media and more came out to talk, mingle and promote their destinations.
We caught up Susan to find out more about her trip.
How was your flight up – we hear you tried out business class, anything to report?
I did happen to go first class Emirates! It’s the way travel should be; from the service to the caviar to the comfort, as well as the shower on-board! We were allowed five minutes per shower, I thought it would be a bit strange if there was any turbulence! The treatment continues on arrival too: with an airport bus that had leather armchairs to the first class lounge in Dubai—all very special. I feel spoilt for life!
What travel insights have you brought home?
Travel from the USA is booming: people want experiences—and not just hotels. They are excited by new destinations and South Africa is right up there on the to-do list.
The strangest thing you saw in Vegas?
So many things… The brides at the slot machines in their white dresses, Elvis impersonators, and every vehicle you can imagine has been made into a stretch limo…
What was the highlight of the trip?
The Cirque du Soleil show featuring Michael Jackson music—it’s incredible, the most amazing special effects, dancing and acrobatics.
And did you get to try Gordon Ramsay’s burger restaurant?
Great burgers, lots of beers on tap, décor not so great…
Anything else you’d like to add?
It was exhausting, exhilarating and intriguing. If aliens landed in Las Vegas they would be so scared and horrified at the sights, sounds and people—I think they would take off again immediately!