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12 Once-in-a-lifetime Dining Experiences Around the World

According to Travel + Leisure’s A-List Advisors.

American Travel Agents Looking to Restore Trans Atlantic Trade

WSJ: 5 Essential Tips for Planning Your Summer Vacation

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The Most Luxurious Villas to Book Around the World in 2022, According to Travel Experts

June 7, 2022 | Yahoo! Life

After a long two years, global air travel is rebounding — fast — as travelers are looking to make up for lost time. That could look like finally booking a delayed honeymoon, jetting off on an active adventure, or embarking on a multi-generational trip…Read More>>

Madrid becomes the world capital of luxury tourism

May 23, 2022 | Travel Daily Media

From October 5 to October 7, 2022, Madrid will become once again the world capital of luxury tourism... Read More>>

Hurdles ahead for travel advisors

May 23, 2022 | Travel Weekly

As travel ramps up, travel professionals face a slew of challenges, including staffing shortages, burnout, high prices and low availability… Read More>>

49 Expert Travel Tips from Virtuoso Advisors

May 20, 2022 | YYZ Travel Group

The benefits of working with a travel advisor are legion: peace of mind, global connections, customized vacations, value, and VIP treatment – plus peerless knowledge gleaned from traveling the world…. Read More>>

Small businesses worry final aid package will neglect them again

May 10, 2022 | Rollcall.com

Owners have seen little financial aid from Washington over the past two years despite multiple COVID-19 relief packages totaling over $5 trillion… Read More>>

JPMorgan Confirms Frosch Acquisition

May 4, 2022 | The Beat

JPMorgan Chase in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission this week confirmed that on May 2 it acquired Frosch Travel Group. It’s JPMorgan’s first public acknowledgement of the deal.Read More>>

12 Once-in-a-lifetime Dining Experiences Around the World, According to Travel + Leisure’s A-List Advisors

May 2, 2022 | Travel + Leisure

Dining is one of the best parts of visiting a new place. A one-of-a-kind meal can be the most memorable experience when traveling. Our A-List, Travel + Leisure’s group of the world’s top travel advisors, exclusively shared their favorite dining moments around the globe…. Read More>>

5 Essential Tips for Planning Your Summer Vacation. Number 1: Book Now

April 20, 2022 | The Wall Street Journal

IT’S SHAPING UP to be a hot summer for traveling—and a thorny one. According to the U.S. Travel Association (USTA), 85% of Americans plan to travel this season, which means crowded roads and airports.Read More>>

Travel executives gather at St. Andrews Links for ‘Travel Masters’

April 19, 2022 | Breaking Travel News

The most famous golf course in the world was the backdrop for the American Society of Travel Advisors’ (ASTA) first-ever Travel Masters, held earlier this month, at St. Andrews, Scotland, the home of golf and the 2022 British Open in July… Read More>>

ASTA Stages Inaugural ASTA Travel Masters in Scotland to Support Advocacy

April 15, 2022 | Insider Travel Report

The most famous golf course in the world was the backdrop for the American Society of Travel Advisors’ first-ever Travel Masters, held April 4-6, 2022, at St. Andrews, Scotland, home of golf and the 2022 British Open in July. This invitation-only leadership event brought together travel agency owners and supplier executives at the renowned Fairmont St. Andrews… Read More >>

American Travel Agents Looking to Restore Trans Atlantic Trade

April 2022 | Business Connect

A large group of some of the most influential American travel agents are currently touring Scotland as part of a strategy to restore a once highly-lucrative Trans-Atlantic tourist trade… Read More >>

Despite war in Ukraine, travel agents report strong demand for Europe

March 10, 2022 | Travel Weekly

Despite growing concern among Americans about travel to Europe with the war in Ukraine, most travel advisors’ clients are still forging ahead with their plans in what could be a pandemic silver lining… Read More>>

What Advice Would You Give Your Younger Self?

March 8, 2022 | Travel Market Report

Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg, co-president of Valerie Wilson Travel mentioned in Travel Market Report… Read More>>

J.P. Morgan Chase Confirms Purchase of Mega-Agency Frosch

March 3, 2022 | Insider Travel Report

When travel agency giant Frosch was reportedly purchased by J.P. Morgan Chase (JPMC) late last month, we waited for a press release explaining the deal. But one never arrived and we wrote a speculative article about just what was happening. Now we’ve received the first official confirmation of the purchase…. Read More >>

Travel + Leisure’s A-List 2022  

February 9, 2022 | Travel + Leisure

Valerie Wilson, Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg, Kimberly Wilson Wetty, and Amalia Lazarov featured on T+L’s A-List for 2022... Read More>>

Counting on ‘Endemic’: The Travel Industry Readies for a New Phase

February 7, 2022 | New York Times

In Britain and Denmark most coronavirus restrictions have been lifted, including mask mandates; Austria and the Netherlands have eased lockdown measures despite surges in cases… Read More>>

World COVID-19 on February 7: COVID-19 cases in some countries increase to a record, but tourism is still expected to revive

February 7, 2022 | News Fox 24

The number of tourists is expected to increase in the US and Europe this spring and summer – Photo: NYT. “When I use the word pandemic, I think of the two years we spent in place, but endemic disease is very similar to what I do now, traveling for work and on vacation, seeing friends and family.” – Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg, co-chair of the New York-based Valerie Wilson Travel, a travel consulting company, told the newspaper. New York Times…. Read More>>

Insider Video: How Keith Waldon’s Departure Lounge Selected a Brand New Booking Platform

January 31, 2022 | Insider Travel Report

James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report talks with Keith Waldon, founder of Departure Lounge (www.departurelounge.com), a Virtuoso-affiliated host agency, about how he selected and developed a customized booking platform for his independent contracts with BookingVault and Valerie Wilson Travel. Read More>>

The Beacon: Amid Dysfunction, Momentum for Small Business Relief Grows

January 28, 2022 | Travel Market Report

Sometimes, progress is measured in inches and that’s never been more true than for those of us pushing for small businesses relief in Congress since the onset of COVID-19. I’m happy to report that – amid the dysfunction and partisan fighting on Capitol Hill – there has been progressing and there is a growing awareness of the fact that, for many industries, the pandemic is not over and additional support is needed…. Read More >>

Departure Lounge Debuts Booking Platform with BookingVault & Valerie Wilson’s Air Access

January 19, 2022 | Insider Travel Report

Departure Lounge, the luxury Virtuoso member host travel agency with physical stores and outside travel advisors, has launched a new travel advisor booking platform developed by BookingVault (BV), featuring competitive air offerings and support from Valerie Wilson Travel (VWT), a Frosch Company, along with luxury hotel options from Virtuoso and more than 20 preferred hotel agency programs….Read More >>

Host agency Departure Lounge launches new booking platform

January 18, 2022 | Travel Weekly

Austin, Texas-based host agency Departure Lounge has launched a new booking platform for its travel advisors, featuring the agency’s preferred hotels, hotels from agency consortium Virtuoso and Valerie Wilson Travel’s air inventory… Read More >>

The Beacon: Advocacy in the Time of COVID

November 11, 2021 | Travel Market Report

At a recent ASTA conference, one of the speakers highlighted the importance of “showing your work.” When you as an advisor work in a transparent fashion with your clients – when they see all the work you do to make get them to their destination and back without a hitch – they value what you do all the more…. Read More >>

ASTA Steps Up Efforts to Retain Employee Retention Tax Credit, Pass SAVE Act

October 18, 2021 | Insider Travel Report

The money has run out for travel agency relief. There’s no more paycheck protect plan (PPP), there are no more unemployment benefits for independent contractors, and most agencies have already run through their Small Business Administration loans, if they ever got them at all….Read More >>

ASTA holds virtual roundtable with Senate Majority Leader Schumer 

October 2021 | ASTA

On Tuesday, ASTA organized a virtual event with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a cross-section of ASTA’s New York membership and key allies to discuss the need for additional legislative relief… Read More >>

Frosch buys into Conlin Travel, building presence in the Great Lakes region

October 14, 2021 | Travel Weekly

Frosch International Travel is continuing to make pandemic-era acquisitions, this time taking a majority stake in the corporate travel division of Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Conlin Travel earlier this month for an undisclosed sum…..Read More >>

The Beacon: Your Travel Industry Legislation Lookout

October 12, 2021 | Travel Market Report

by Jennifer Wilson-ButtigiegRead More >>

Frosch, Tripgrid Team Up to Serve Showbiz Sector

October 8, 2021 | Business Travel News

Frosch International Travel has partnered with team and group travel specialist Tripgrid to serve the unique travel needs of entertainment industry clients…. Read More >>

The Ultimate Dubai Honeymoon

September 30, 2021 | The Knot

For a relaxed beach vacation with urban luxury, head to Dubai…. Read More >>

Video: What’s It’s Like Running A $315 Million Global Travel Company?

September 30, 2021 | Okon Bros.

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‘A game-changer’: Travel marketers cheer U.S. plan to reopen to visitors

September 25, 2021 | Travel Weekly

The day the White House announced a plan for reopening the U.S. to vaccinated international travelers, more than 2,000 members of the travel industry were gathered in Las Vegas for IPW, the conference devoted to, in its words, “bringing the world to America.”… Read More >>

Business Travelers, Expect More Zooms and Few Trips This Fall

September 8, 2021 | The Wall Street Journal

Companies are greenlighting trips for client meetings and closing deals, but internal gatherings and training are mostly staying virtual for now...Read More >>

Travel Agencies Are Having a Moment Amid Covid-19 Chaos

September 1, 2021 | The Wall Street Journal

A business that lost ground to do-it-yourself online travel booking is back with the added complications of cancellations, border restrictions and testing requirements… Read More >>

Highlights From the ASTA Global Convention

August 31, 2021 | Travel Pulse

Pictured are Virtuoso CEO Matthew D. Upchurch and Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg, co-president of Valerie Wilson Travel, a FROSCH Company and active in ASTA’s advocacy efforts…. Read More >>

Super Mom Kimberly Wilson Wetty: A Journey in the Travel Business

August 2021 | Fairfield County Look

I grew up in Bronxville, NY and swore I would never move back or join the family business. Note to self, never say never….Read More >>

It’s Complicated: Shifting Rules in Europe Drive Travelers to Advisors

August 23, 2021 | Travel Pulse

The complexity of planning travel to Europe has placed travel advisors front and center in the minds of many consumers, according to recent research and interviews with advisors and tour operators.Read More >>

The New Reality of a European Trip: ‘Things Are Going to Change’

July 30, 2021 | The New York Times

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Airport hassles await returning business travelers

July 17, 2021 | Travel Weekly

It’s been more than a year since many business travelers have passed through an airport, and enough has changed to surprise even the most experienced business traveler…. Read More >>

See America! 10 Don’t-Miss Destinations for Your Summer Travel Bucket List 

July 16, 2021 | Parade

Taking in a 360-degree vista from a mountain summit, eating a fried chicken picnic on a shady riverbank, exploring some place you’ve never been before—these are the dreams of summer….Read More >>

Our Virtual Vacation Events-New Age of Luxury Show Debuts June 11-12

June 7 2021 | Insider Travel Report

Virtual Vacation Events, Insider Travel Report’s sister virtual events unit, is holding what we modestly are calling the “best” luxury travel conference and show this year—Virtual Vacation Events-The New Age of Luxury... Read More>>

Ask An Advisor: Travel Advice In The Post-Pandemic Era

June 7 2021 | Worth

Worth talks to Kimberly Wilson Wetty and Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg, co-presidents and owners of Valerie Wilson Travel, about how travel is working right now. Read More >>

Travel Weekly’s Power List

June 21, 2021 | Travel Weekly

A most unusual year leads to a most unusual Power List…. Read More>>

The Folo epsisode 31: The view from two multimillion-dollar agencies

June 2021 | Travel Weekly

Travel Weekly’s Power List every year tracks the sales totals of the biggest travel agencies: those companies making $100 million or more annually in travel sales….Read More >>

Kimberly Wilson Wetty Highlighted on Travel + Leisure’s A-List

June 2021 | Travel & Leisure

Wetty joined Valerie Wilson Travel in 1995…..Read More >>

OurOp Ed: Katharine Farrell on What Brands Need to Consider Following Acquisitions

June 2021 | The Company Dime

Executing an acquisition or merger can be tricky, and there have been several in the corporate travel space recently… Read More>>

Renewed LGBTQ Travel Is Focus of Travel Advisors But Not Destination Marketing

June 25th, 2021 | Skift

Skift Take….It’s obviously tremendous for the tourism industry that LGBTQ travelers have been enthusiastic about hitting the road this summer.Read More >>

Frosch Integrates VeriFly into Trip Management App

June 1, 2021 | Business Travel News

Travel management company Frosch has integrated the VeriFly digital health passport into its Obex for Business trip management appRead More >>

Ask an Advisor: Travel Advice in the Post-Pandemic Era

June 2021 | Yahoo! Finance

As travel begins to take flight again, travelers have a lot of questions. No one knows this better than a travel advisor. So Worth sat down with Kimberly Wilson Wetty and Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg…. Read More >>

ASTA’s Legislative Day Takes On Urgent Tone

May 18, 2021 | Travel Weekly

Tomorrow, 175 travel advisors from 40 states will spend the day meeting with lawmakers in Washington, seeking targeted Covid-19 relief for the hard-hit agency community at ASTA’s annual Legislative Day. Read More >>

ASTA Panel Highlights Travel Industry’s Specific Needs

May 18, 2021 | TravelPulse

The American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) hosted a panel of travel CEOs to discuss the industry recovery and the challenges faced by advisors as well as the opportunities ahead for the community as a whole. Read More >>

How You Can Attend the Best Virtual Luxury Travel Event of the Year

May 17, 2021 | Insider Travel Report

You sell luxury travel, but you haven’t had a chance to attend an in-person luxury travel event for more than a year. Now Virtual Vacation Events, Insider Travel Report’s sister virtual events unit, is coming to the rescue with what we modestly are calling the “best” luxury travel conference and show this year—Virtual Vacation Events-The New Age of Luxury. Read More >>

Global Guardian Opens Return to Travel Safely Webinar

May 2021 | Travel Market Report

Next week, Global Guardian, the domestic and international duty of care company, will host a webinar titled “Return to Travel: Security and Safety Tips in the COVID-19” that tries to answer the question “is it safe to travel again?” Read More >>

HRS, Southwest Airlines, The BLS Company and Valerie Wilson Travel commit funding to travel again

May 12, 2021 | TravelDailyNews

WASHINGTON, DC – Travel Again, a global advocacy organization focused on restoring traveler confidence, announced HRS, Southwest Airlines, The BLS Company and Valerie Wilson Travel have all signed on as cornerstone funding partners. Read More >>

Europe’s Most Popular Hotels, According to Experts

May 6, 2021 | AFAR

Trusted travel advisors share their favorite hotels in Europe—the most-booked, most-raved-about properties from Italy to Montenegro. Read More >>

Frosch and Valerie Wilson. GBT and Egencia. Mega-agency M&A deals proliferate

May 9, 2021 | Travel Weekly

Consolidation among travel agencies was heating up even before the pandemic. Read More >>

A Closer Look at the Families Behind FROSCH and Valerie Wilson Travel

May 7, 2021 | Travel Age West

On April 30, two travel industry families — the Leibmans of FROSCH and the Wilsons of Valerie Wilson Travel (VWT) — joined forces in an acquisition that merged the two in a business alliance of epic proportions. Read More >>

FROSCH Acquires Valerie Wilson Travel

May 3, 2021 | Global News & Entertainment

Two luxurious journey dynasties are becoming a member of forces by means of FROSCH’s acquisition of Valerie Wilson Journey (VWT), a deal that closed on April 30. Read More >>

The Big Surprise Travel Agency Deal: Frosch Buys Valerie Wilson Travel

May 4, 2021 | Insider Travel Report

In a move that surprised much of the travel industry, even during the pandemic when more agency consolidation might be expected, Frosch International Travel purchased Valerie Wilson Travel (VWT) on Friday, April 30, 2021. Read More >>

Frosch Acquires Valerie Wilson Travel

May 3, 2021 | Travel Age West

Frosch International Travel acquired Valerie Wilson Travel (VWT) on April 30. Read More >>

FROSCH Acquires Valerie Wilson Travel

May 3, 2021 | Travel Pulse

Two luxury travel dynasties are joining forces by way of FROSCH’s acquisition of Valerie Wilson Travel (VWT), a deal that closed on April 30. Read More >>

Frosch International acquires Valerie Wilson Travel

May 3, 2021 | Travel Weekly

Frosch International Travel has acquired Valerie Wilson Travel, a move that brings together two New York City-based agencies run by two generations of families that built their respective brands into multimillion-dollar travel businesses. Read More >>

Frosch Acquires Valerie Wilson Travel

May 4, 2021 | Luxury Travel Advisor

Frosch International Travel (Frosch) has acquired Valerie Wilson Travel (VWT) on Friday, April 30, 2021, the companies announced this week. Read More >>

Frosch Acquires Valerie Wilson Travel

May 3, 2021 | Business Travel News

Frosch International Travel has acquired Valerie Wilson Travel in the latest major step in Frosch’s strategic growth strategy, which over the past year has included several other TMC purchases as well as an infusion of private equity capital. Read More >>

FROSCH Acquires New York’s Iconic Valerie Wilson Travel

May 4, 2021 | Travel Market Report

New York’s Valerie Wilson Travel is being acquired by Frosch International Travel, joining two of the travel industry’s most storied families together under one umbrella.  Read More >>

Valerie Wilson Travel Agency Acquired By Frosch

May 2021 | Skift

Two well-known family travel agencies come under one umbrella, driven by private equity backing to grow. Expect more such deals to happen in the coming months. Read More >>

‘A Historic Acquisition’: FROSCH and VWT Talk Acquisition

May 6, 2021 | Travel Market Report

On Tuesday, one of the major agency moves of the COVID-19 pandemic era was unveiled when FROSCH announced it had acquired the iconic New York-based Valerie Wilson Travel (VWT). Read More >>

United discontinues AD fare program for travel advisors

April 14, 2021 | Travel Weekly

The program offered travel advisors the opportunity to fly at discounts of up to 75% off of full fare criteria. The final year’s batch of AD authentication codes expired Feb. 29. Read More >>

Tips And Tricks For A Comfortable Flight, According To Travel Experts

April 27, 2021 | Travel + Leisure India

Between security lines, potential delays, and hours of sitting in the same seat, air travel can be a challenging part of any getaway. That’s why we’ve asked our A-List, Travel + Leisure’s group of the world’s top travel advisers, to share their tips and tricks for making a long-haul flight easy.  Read More >>

Woman in Wealth with Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg

March 2021 | LinkedIn, Leading the Way with Christine Vergari

Jennifer, Co-President of Owner of Valerie Wilson Travel Inc, talks about the state of the travel and leisure industry today, the efforts that are being made to return to normalcy, and what the travel and leisure industry will look like in the future. Read More >>

Anxious to get out and travel? So is everyone else

March 26, 2021 | ABC 7 Denver

Many families are now planning and booking trips for this spring and summer after a year of lockdowns and shutdowns. Read More >>

Valerie Wilson Travel’s Strategy Focuses on Brand and Growth of Its People

March 10, 2021 | Insider Travel Report

As the entire travel industry works towards a “new normal” after a year of unpredictability and devastating losses, many ask the question, who is going to lead in a reimagined tourism sector? Valerie Wilson Travel (VWT) believes that being able to pivot more quickly, communicate internally and externally more effectively, and focus on talent development is instrumental in the recovery. Read More >>

Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg Named to Condé Nast Traveler’s Travel Specialist List

March 2021 | Condé Nast Traveler

Dealing with traveler uncertainty on vaccines

March 8, 2021 | Travel Weekly

As coronavirus vaccines continue to roll out in the United States, advisors have reported some confusion among clients as to whether they will need the vaccine to travel going forward. While others said clients aren’t yet asking about vaccination requirements, that is likely to change as consumers increasingly look to book travel. Read More >>

Checking-in with Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg

March 2021 | Travel Market Report

Have you checked in yet? Join TMR editor Dan McCarthy for Episode 1 of the Check-In podcast! When you and your family have built careers, and a major luxury agency, in the travel industry, how do you react when the world is shut down and borders are closed seemingly overnight?  Read More >>

Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg Named One of the Top 50 Women In Travel

March 17, 2021 | My Hometown Bronxville

 Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg, Co-President & Owner of Valerie Wilson Travel, has been named one of the Top 50 Women in Travel by The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). The GBTA is the world’s largest business travel association and worldwide leader in education, research, networking, and advocacy for the travel industry. Read More >>