Go back to the enewsletter Go back to the enewsletterVirtuoso this week hosted the annual Virtuoso Travel Week on Tour, Hotels event. Across Melbourne, Gold Coast and Sydney, 350 advisors attended four roadshow events, with 32 hotel product on show.Each event offered advisors the chance to win fantastic travel and accommodation prizes totalling more than $100,000.Virtuoso Managing Director for Asia Pacific, Michael Londregan, said this year’s event was a complete sell-out and was oversubscribed with products eager to come and meet Virtuoso’s Australian luxury advisors.“We have also had a sell-out show in terms of advisors, which indicates the strong appetite Virtuoso product partners have in forging direct relationships with the advisors who service Australia’s High Net Worth clients.“In return, advisors recognise this is the best way to ensure their client receives bespoke personal experiences during their stay.”Londregan said the luxury travel network was appreciative of the commitment the group’s advisors make to increasing their knowledge, and that its hotel suppliers have in ensuring advisors have the latest information in a fast-changing market.Pictured below are photos from the final event held at Intercontinental Sydney on Thursday 21 March.
VietnamA recent study conducted in 53 countries by the BVA polling organisation showed that Vietnamese are most optimistic people in the world.With beautiful beaches and very affordable food and drink, visitors to this magnificent country are bound to find themselves on a high too. Find flights to VietnamJapanIn a bid to address rising suicide rates in the country, a number of savvy hairdresser’s in the city of Toyama have tapped into a new market – clinical psychology. Holidaymakers who fancy the idea of a pep talk whilst they get a mop chop should look into a visit to Japan, where 650 hairdressers have signed up to the incentive. Find flights to JapanCanadaEverybody likes to be flattered every once in a while, and now a company in Montreal has developed a novel way of showering your loved one or colleague with compliments. For a fee, those who feel they know someone in need of some sweet talk can arrange for a ‘Flatter Me Phone Call’ from a member of a specially trained team. Find flights to CanadaCosta Del SolSpain’s Costa Del Sol is blessed with over 300 days on sunshine each year making it an ideal choice for sun, particularly during the dark month of January at home. And with sunshine known to reduce stress and release endorphins, it’s no wonder that thousands travel on flights to Malaga every January to soak up the winter sun and put a smile on their face. Find flights to SpainNorwayThe United Nations Human Development Index for 2010 showed that Norway had the highest standard of living based on a number of factors including life expectancy and access to knowledge. Coupled with its spectacular fjords, waterfalls and mountains, it’s easy to see why Norwegians are among the world’s happiest nations. Find flights to NorwayReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Shake off those January blues by visiting one of the world’s most optimistic destinationsWith bad weather and a financial hangover from Christmas still taking its toll, it may be no surprise to many Brits that there is actually a name for the most depressing day of the year – Blue Monday.According to experts, it falls on 24 January this year although some believe it is on 17 January. Scientists have found that various factors including weather, time since failing New Year’s resolutions and low motivational levels combine to make this the lowest day of the year.So in contrast to all this doom and gloom, flights comparison site Skyscanner brings you one step closer to the sunshine by looking at the top 5 places to boost optimism. RelatedThe BEST time to holiday in the most popular destinationsDeciding when you should jet off can make or break a holiday. After weeks or months of planning, the last thing you want is a holiday plagued by monsoon rains or unbearable heat and crowds. Luckily for you, we’ve done the research and found the best times to visit all…Holiday Hybrids: Skyscanner merges locations to create perfect vacation destinationsHoliday Hybrids: Skyscanner merges locations to create perfect vacation destinations2012 Travel Trends Report from SkyscannerFind out which destinations came top in 2012, and where everyone’s heading in 2013!
Last week, my colleagues and I met with some executives from a prospect company to introduce OpenView Labs, and describe what all of our respective teams within the Labs focus on with our portfolio companies. The CEO of this company was intrigued, particularly as Tien Anh explained the types of projects that his Research and Analytics team typically executes with our portfolio. In short, the Research and Analytics team works with OpenView’s companies to help them better understand the markets that they should be targeting, the buyer personas within those markets, and what messaging will resonate best. They conduct primary and secondary research to attain such data, and some of their most valuable insights come from survey calls with customers, lost customers, and prospects. Upon hearing about these research projects, here’s how the CEO of the company responded:“Wow… what you are describing sounds pretty incredible. It would be so amazing to have someone be able to execute this research as one of our partners and give us the raw data to help us better understand out market. We don’t do research like this often enough because we are so busy with our day to day. So often executives of companies are so close to their canvas, that they aren’t able to take a step back and see what the whole painting really looks like.”This really caught my attention. His statement was so spot on. It’s easy to get wrapped up with something that you care so much about (and are so “close” to), and loose sight of the big picture in the process.6 Ways to Step Back and Regain Perspective on Your BusinessIf you are in OpenView’s portfolio, you can take advantage of the Labs services and leverage our Venture Partners’ operational experience to help you see the big picture. But even with that leg-up you should still make it a point to pause and reflect on your own organization from time to time. Try it now — take five good steps back from your canvas and see how the masterpiece is really coming together. Here are six things you can do:Jump on a call with some of your customers: What do they like about your product, what do they not like about your product?Reach out to one of your lost customers: Why did they go with your competitor? Was there something that your organization could have done differently?Walk the hallways: Sit down with some of the more junior people in your office who you may not engage with on a daily basis — what do they like about your company, what changes would they like to see made?Get outside the building: Ask someone outside your company (but in your industry) to give you an honest opinion of what they think of your website, your content, and your message — does it resonate?Analyze your email: Try using a tool like Xobni to understand the trends — who are you responding to most? Who you are NOT responding to most? What other interesting facts about your engagement with people from inside and outside your organization can you gather?Sit in on a product demo: How is your company/product being positioned? What are your prospects are saying about your technology? How are they responding?Believe me, I get it — executives at expansion-stage companies are busy as hell — so, I’m not suggesting you do all of these things all of the time. What I am urging you to do is to consciously step back from your canvas from time to time to get a fresh perspective on your company and its development. And if you don’t like what you see, then now is the time to make some changes before the painting is too far along!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis