Petra Roach named 2018 Ambassador of the Year at Virtuoso Week
Created : 20 August 2018
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Petra Roach (second left) after receiving her award.
Global luxury travel network, Virtuoso, named Petra Roach, U.S. Director of Barbados Tourism Marking Inc. (BTMI), winner of this year’s sought-after Ambassador of the Year award at the 30th annual Virtuoso Travel Week conference.
Petra received the award during the Allied Partners Luncheon on Sunday, August 12, 2018 at Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The accolade is especially noteworthy as only a fraction of the network’s 1,700 partners are honored at Virtuoso Travel Week.
"As the first person from the Caribbean to receive this prestigious award, we continue to be amazed by Petra's pioneering spirit, leadership and determination to see Barbados reach new heights," said Albert Herrera, senior vice president, Global Product Partnerships at Virtuoso.
"Petra is a true trailblazer in luxury travel, and continues to inspire the Virtuoso network of advisors by way of her exemplary product knowledge, commitment to our organizations core values and energized personality. We could not see anyone else more fit for the 2018 award."
“I still consider myself a ‘newbie’ in the USA market, so to be recognized by the leader in luxury travel is an honor for which I am truly appreciative,” said Petra Roach. “I have a small but exceptional team with whom I work and whose dedication and commitment is a constant inspiration to me.”
“This year was not just about breaking records, it was about strategizing a great plan for continued growth well into the future. This will be made possible through innovative ideas and high-level partnerships, which will ultimately continue to increase airlift and introduce new gateways,” Roach said.
In 2017 Barbados saw its highest visitation numbers from the U.S., with nearly 189,000 arrivals, besting the island’s previous U.S. record of 175,093 set in 1987. Out of 144 countries ranked, Barbados was also named the #1 destination in the world for visitor satisfaction and named the Americas winner for accommodation on the 2018 Destination Satisfaction Index (DSI).
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