VIRTUOSO® HONORS THE BRANDO WITH A 2015 BEST OF THE BEST HOTEL AWARD

VIRTUOSO® HONORS THE BRANDO WITH A
2015 BEST OF THE BEST HOTEL AWARD

The Brando Recognized for Excellence in the Category of
Virtuoso Sustainable Tourism Leadership Award – Hotel

LAS VEGAS (August 13, 2015) – International luxury travel network Virtuoso® announced the winners of its prestigious 2015 Best of the Best hotel awards last night at its 27th annual Virtuoso Travel Week conference, where The Brando was recognized as the Virtuoso Sustainable Tourism Leadership Award – Hotel winner. Drawing from some of the most well-known names in the industry, the Best of the Best awards recognize the industry’s top properties and hoteliers. The awards were presented before an audience of more than 1,500 attendees during the Hotels & Resorts Dinner at Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

With an impressive portfolio of nearly 1,100 hotels, resorts, villas and private island retreats in more than 100 countries, Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts is the industry’s most influential program of its kind. Founded in 1992, the program broke new ground in luxury travel, and today offers more five-star properties than any other.

“Virtuoso has been hand-selecting the world’s finest properties for its famed Hotels & Resorts program for more than two decades, so deciding which ones represent the Best of the Best is challenging each year,” said Albert Herrera, senior vice president, Global Product Partnerships for Virtuoso. “The Best of the Best winners exemplify the highest standard of hospitality excellence in their given category and it’s a pleasure to celebrate The Brando as the Virtuoso Sustainable Tourism Leadership Award – Hotel winner.”

Virtuoso’s travel advisors voted to determine the Best of the Best winners for each category from a slate of nominees in 10 categories. Those ranged from best achievement in design and best family program, to sustainable tourism leadership and hotel and hotelier of the year. The nominees, announced in June of this year, were also initially suggested by Virtuoso’s expert advisors. The field was narrowed to the final nominees with research from the editors of VIRTUOSO LIFE, the network’s multi-award-winning magazine. As a Best of the Best award recipient, The Brando will be featured in VIRTUOSO LIFE’s September/October 2015 issue.

About The Brando
The Brando is an exquisite luxury resort on French Polynesia’s breathtakingly beautiful private atoll of Tetiaroa—an atoll composed of a dozen small islands surrounding a sparkling lagoon 30 miles north of Tahiti. The Brando was inspired by Marlon Brando’s original vision to create a venture of sustainable development that resonates with visitors and fosters opportunities to get to know both the place and people of French Polynesia.  With access by Air Tetiaroa, the resort is a pioneering model of sustainable technology with sea water air-conditioning and renewable energies and offers carefree luxury in the midst of pristine nature. The all-inclusive resort features 35 deluxe villas each with its own private beach area and plunge pool, restaurants showcasing Polynesian and French cuisine, a luxurious Polynesian spa, a lagoon-view bar, beach bar, pool, organic garden, library, pearl shop, boutique, water sports, and an Ecostation. The Brando is Virtuoso Preferred Resort and a founding member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, a collection of boutique hotels in extraordinary places around the world with a demonstrated commitment to sustainability, authenticity and excellence.

About Virtuoso:
Virtuoso® is the leading international travel agency network specializing in luxury and experiential travel. This by-invitation-only organization comprises over 370 agency members with more than 9,800 elite travel advisors in 30 countries throughout North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.  Drawing upon its preferred relationships with 1,700 of the world’s best hotels and resorts, cruise lines, airlines, tour companies and premier destinations, the network provides its upscale clientele with exclusive amenities, rare experiences and privileged access.  More than (US) $14 billion in annual travel sales makes Virtuoso a powerhouse in the luxury travel industry.  For more information, visit virtuoso.com.

The Brando Media Contact:
Vanessa Bloy
Public Relations, The Brando
425-440-6255
vanessa.bloy@thebrando.com

Virtuoso Media Contacts:
Misty Ewing Belles                                                        Lauren Wintemberg
Director, Global Public Relations                                    Account Manager
Virtuoso                                                                       Alice Marshall Public Relations
202.553.8817                                                                 212.861.4031
mewing@virtuoso.com                                                  lauren@alicemarshall.com

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