Virtuoso and Virgin Galactic have reignited a strategic partnership, making a limited number of seats for Virgin Galactic’s spaceflight experience available to the luxury travel network’s global client base. This agreement makes space travel accessible through Virtuoso’s portfolio of top-tier luxury experiences.
Virgin Galactic joins Virtuoso’s portfolio of more than 2,200 luxury travel partners in 100 countries worldwide. The agreement will present new referral and marketing opportunities to Virtuoso’s network of more than 20,000 luxury travel advisors and their upscale clientele. Concurrently, Virgin Galactic will gain direct relationships with Virtuoso’s leisure travel agencies in North and Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East.
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“Virtuoso is excited to welcome Virgin Galactic back into our partner portfolio and to offer our clients a travel experience like no other,” said Matthew D. Upchurch, CEO and Chairman of Virtuoso. “As a Future Astronaut myself, I can speak firsthand to the curated, high-touch and one-of-a-kind journey Virgin Galactic offers, as well as the community it cultivates.
“Travel transforms us and pushes us out of our comfort zone. For our advisors who have clients seeking pioneering, transformational travel, a Virgin Galactic spaceflight is the ultimate experience,” Upchurch said.
Recently, Upchurch told LATTE that while there were more and more players in the space tourism market, Virtuoso was committed fully and only to Virgin Galactic.
Blair Rich, Virgin Galactic President & Chief Business Officer, Commercial and Consumer Operations, said “Virtuoso’s prominence as the world leader in the luxury experiential travel category makes them the ideal strategic partner to expand our reach in this valuable sector.
“We are excited to offer this limited quantity of tickets to Virtuoso clients and to connect with those who are searching for meaningful, deeply transformational travel experiences,” Rich added.
Virtuoso travel advisors will have exclusive access to a limited number of reservations within Virgin Galactic’s first 1,000 seats. Seats will sell at the standard price of US$450,000.