Virtuoso and Virgin Galactic have announced a strategic partnership to make a limited number of seats for Virgin Galactic’s spaceflight experience available to Virtuoso’s global client base.
Virgin Galactic is opening the door to a new space age – and this agreement makes the wonder and awe of space travel accessible through Virtuoso’s portfolio of top-tier luxury experiences. Virgin Galactic’s elegant and distinctive flight system takes off and lands on a runway and allows passengers to experience weightlessness and breathtaking views of Earth, all in unparalleled comfort. In the lead up to space flight, Future Astronauts enjoy access to the flagship membership community, including exclusive events, trips and activities around the world. The experience culminates in a multi-day, all inclusive astronaut training and hospitality program for the customer and three guests at Virgin Galactic’s planned innovative campus – all delivered with trademark Virgin style and designed to enrich the transformative experience of space.
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. At the same time, Virgin Galactic will gain direct relationships with the world’s leading leisure travel agencies in North and Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East.
“Virtuoso is excited to welcome Virgin Galactic back into our partner portfolio and to offer our clients a travel experience like no other,” said Virtuoso Chairman and CEO Matthew D. Upchurch. “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.”
Virtuoso agencies worldwide sell an average of $25-$30 billion annually, making the network the most significant player in luxury travel. Its partners, which specialize in world-class client services and experiences, provide superior offerings, rare opportunities, and exceptional value for Virtuoso clients.
“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,” said Blair Rich, Virgin Galactic President & Chief Business Officer, Commercial and Consumer Operations. “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.”
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 $450,000.