Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas is the most important tourist event on the American continent, which is held every year in August and brings together cream of cream world luxury tourism. Exactly the 29th Virtuoso Travel Week recorded a record attendance – 5.670 participants from 103 countries, of which 2.714 were travel agents and 2.404 preferential partners.According to the CNTB, representatives of the CNTB Head Office and the CNTB New York office held numerous meetings with tour operators, travel agencies and other travel advisors, as well as cruising companies from the USA, Canada and Latin America and introduced them to the Croatian tourist offer, the role and activities of the CNTB and opportunities for cooperation in order to raise awareness of Croatia as an attractive and safe European and Mediterranean destination and increase tourist traffic from these markets.Membership and activities in cooperation with Virtuos are a priority for the promotion of Croatia, growth of tourist traffic, increasing the competitiveness of the offer and improving the quality of service and positioning Croatia on the map of world luxury destinations, the CNTB points out. Istria, Kvarner Tourist Board, Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board and Virtuoso representatives of the Croatian tourism industry, Croatia is among the most sought after Virtuoso destinations with a growth in demand of about 25%.Lošinj Hotels & Villas became a new member of VirtuosThis year’s Virtuoso Travel week is extremely important for Croatia because we got a new member of Virtuoso, Boutique Hotel Alhambra – Lošinj Hotels & Villas, which is the biggest recognition for the last three years of demanding but very productive cooperation with Virtuoso. In addition to the CNTB and the Alhambra Hotel, the Croatian members of Virtuos are: Calvados Club, Fortuna Travel, Hotel Villa Dubrovnik and Le Meridien Lav Hotel.A big surprise of Virtuoso Travel Week is the recognition of the CNTB for successful cooperation and the proclamation of the CNTB Representative Ina Ina Rodin as the Ambassador of the Year of Virtuos and the awarding of the eponymous award during the 2017 Virtuoso Alliances meeting.With more than 16 tourism advisors worldwide and a portfolio of almost 1.700 partners (hotels and resorts, airlines, cruise companies, onsite travel agencies and tourist boards) and with an annual turnover of more than 21 billion US dollars, Virtuos is the most important organization in the luxury travel segment.Authenticity and experience One of Virtuoso’s unofficial slogans, as Matthew D. Upchurch points out, is the CEO next “A Virtuoso offers what you cannot see, but will feel forever.“It is precisely our greatest value that is our incredible diversity and authenticity, and yet on the other hand we continue to sell sun and sea. We are full of experiences, our authentic stories, and the motive of the trip is to get to know new ways and culture of living. The biggest responsibility lies with the local tourist boards, which unfortunately do not develop strategically or sustainably. Tourist destinations (cities, counties, so-called) develop local tourism, ie tourist destinations, while CNTB and MINT are on a global level and as a platform or extended arm to the entire sector.Everyone has known and talked for years, even Virtuoso, and it has always been so, tourism is emotions, experiences and stories. Let’s tell stories
Dr. Kelly Greco, the assistant director of outreach and prevention services for USC student Health, sets up for a suicide prevention discussion. The event was cut short because no students showed up. (Julia Rosher | Daily Trojan)USC Student Health held two open discussions centered on suicide prevention on Monday. These were the only USC-hosted events for National Suicide Prevention Week, a nationwide effort to raise awareness about suicide. However, the discussion was cut short after no students showed up — not a single seat was filled during both sessions. While the lack of attendees may have dampened the intended discussion, professionals still emphasized the need for open forums among students and faculty. “The reality [is] that student populations are experiencing seemingly more distress yearly,” said Dr. Robert Mendola, the division’s executive director and division chief for student mental health. “We have to identify what’s going on and how to prevent this trend.” The discussion was meant to inform students about a suicide prevention tactic titled “Take 5 to save lives,” which presenters said can take as little as five minutes to implement. The tactic includes educating students on signs of suicide, self-care, awareness and the importance of reaching out to professionals.The forum was also meant to address the increased risk of suicide among marginalized groups including the LGBTQ community. “What we do see is that the [suicide] rates are very high for the LGBTQ community,” said Dr. Kelly Greco, the assistant director of outreach and prevention services. Throughout this week, USC will be emphasizing the importance of spreading awareness among peers across social media platforms. There will also be a large focus on encouraging students to participate in an ongoing dialogue that extends far past this week. “This is a topic and dialogue that needs to be continuous throughout the year,” Greco said. The Engemann Student Health Center has started working with the Jed Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps evaluate a campus’ needs for mental health services and creates comprehensive systems, programs and policies tailored toward mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts. By integrating the Jed program onto campus, the health center can pinpoint specific issues to target that are present in the well-being of USC students. “Our efforts are increasing because our resources are increasing,” Mendola said while referring to the addition of 10 new therapists to the counseling center’s resources. “By increasing our therapists by 10, we’re not just increasing direct service to students, we’re increasing our availability to engage in programs.” An example of a new program the center is offering comes in the form of “Feel Better” workshops, which cover topics on anxiety, resilience and other issues present on campus. The workshops encourage proactive student participation in a safe environment; however, they will only take place during the beginning of the semester. Another resource mentioned was Trojan Care for Trojans, an anonymous request form available to all students if they feel worried about a peer. “The undertone of all of this is how do we create a campus driven by a culture of student wellbeing?” said Paula Swinford, the director of the Office for Wellness and Health Promotion.