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London Vacation Recommendations

My family recently returned from an amazing spring break vacation visiting London and Paris.  Having visited these cities before, we planned the trip through the eyes of our teenage son- mixing culture, history, and Harry Potter.

Our Hotel In London

A great hotel in a convenient location was key to our itinerary. That’s why we chose  Anthenaeum Hotel and Residences. Recently renovated, it’s located in Mayfair overlooking Green Park. The hotel is also close to Buckingham Palace and St. James Palace. It was truly an excellent choice for us in London. The hotel rooms were quiet and provided five star amenities with beautiful views.  The onsite restaurant, Galivan, is the latest restaurant from Michelin star rated brothers, Chris and Jeff Galvin. It has an inviting atmosphere and delicious meals, including afternoon tea and all day dining.  We also enjoyed restaurants in charming Shepherds Market, which is just blocks from the hotel.

Events In London

Another great resource for this trip was our Virtuoso partner, Sincerely Paul.  Paul was my hero in locating sold out tickets in London. This included the critically important WB Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter. He helped me avoid a near parental fail for not securing tickets months in advance.  We look forward to working with Paul on our next visit to enjoy additional experiences beyond the city.

Working in the travel industry has a few perks and in the case of this trip, that was working with exceptional travel professionals in our organization that directed my travel plans and put my family on course for a memorable experience together.

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15 Amazing Complimentary Travel Perks at Virtuoso Hotels

Local seafood is part of the tasting menu at Ecuador’s Casa Gangotena, a Virtuoso property.
Local seafood is part of the tasting menu at Ecuador’s Casa Gangotena, a Virtuoso property.

Christopherson Business Travel and the company’s leisure division, Andavo Travel, have been a valued member of the Virtuoso luxury travel consortium for more than 16 years. With nearly 9,000 elite travel specialists from more than 335 agencies in 25 countries, Virtuoso is the world’s most exclusive network of travel advisors. So exclusive, in fact, that only 1% of all travel agencies are invited to join.

Although we are an independently owned and operated travel agency, we have a world of resources at our fingertips through the Virtuoso network, which opens doors and provides access to sites and events not available to the general public.

When you book a Virtuoso hotel or resort through a travel agency that’s a Virtuoso member, you’ll get access to complimentary amenities, regardless of whether you are traveling for business or pleasure.

Quite often, these free amenities are daily breakfast, upgrade at time of booking (subject to availability), early check-in/late check-out (subject to availability), and one other individualized amenity of the hotel’s choosing. Curious about what one of those individualized amenities might be? Check out this Virtuoso article that outlines “15 Amazing Complimentary Travel Perks at Virtuoso Hotels.”

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San Francisco Luxury Hotels: Perfect for Business or Pleasure

our Seasons Hotel San FranciscoAndavo Travel (the vacation division of Christopherson Business Travel) recently held its sixth annual AndavoMart at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco, CA. This annual event brings our travel advisors from across the country together for a weekend of hotel site inspections, networking, educational presentations, and travel supplier meetings—all part of our efforts to ensure that Andavo Travel’s expert advisors remain in the top tier of those booking luxury vacation travel.

The weather in San Francisco was incredible and it was easy to fall in love with that city!  Our Andavo advisors were able to visit and tour five hotels, and can now personally recommend which one might be right for you during your next stay–whether for business or pleasure. Given our connection with Virtuoso, a network of the world’s finest travel agencies, we are able to add the following complimentary amenities when you book through us.

Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco
• Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
• Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests
• One $100 lunch credit per room, per stay, in Seasons Restaurant

Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square
• Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
• Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests
• US $100 Ghirardelli Square gift card per paid night (can be used at any outlet in Ghirardelli Square, or applied to your room rate if you’d rather)

Fairmont San Francisco
• Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
• Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
• $100 Food & Beverage credit, to be utilized during stay

Ritz Carlton San Francisco
• Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
• Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests
• $100 Food & Beverage credit, to be utilized during stay

St Regis San Francisco
• Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
• Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests
• Lunch for two in Vitrine restaurant, once per stay

Let an Andavo advisor pair you with the right property, based on their firsthand knowledge of these incredible hotels.

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Business Travelers: Plan Your Next Vacation with Andavo Travel and Virtuoso Traveler Magazine

Are you wondering where to go on vacation next time you get a break from business travel?  Do you love beautiful, glossy travel magazines that arrive in your mailbox full of exciting travel information and ideas? If so, we may be able satisfy that craving!

Through our partnership with Virtuoso, we have access to award-winning travel publications we will happily send to you – all complimentary! (Of course, our hope is that if you like what you see, you’ll give Andavo Travel, the vacation division of Christopherson, a call to assist you in planning your customized trip.)

Send us an email at vacations@andavotravel.com with your name and mailing address, and we’ll sign you up for a free subscription to Virtuoso Traveler, published six times per year, and informing today’s savvy travelers of insightful ways to explore the world in style. The trips featured are available only through a Virtuoso-accredited travel advisor – like those at Andavo Travel. And we promise not to sell your information, or use it for anything other than sending you Virtuoso Traveler magazine.

If you’d like to peruse a digital sample of Virtuoso Traveler before signing up, you can view the August/September issue here.

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Take A Walk On The Vacation Side Of Life

Did you know that Christopherson Business Travel also has a vacation travel division, called Andavo TravelTwo brands under the same roof, and we here on the vacation side of life would love to assist you in planning your next vacation. Or perhaps you’re thinking of inviting the family along on your next business trip, to maybe extend your stay and enjoy a little relaxation? We can help with that too. Andavo Travel is a Virtuoso member agency and, as such, is chock full of excellent travel advisers. You can review some of our ranks across the country and choose the one that is just right for you.
How Andavo Travel can help you personally:

  • Avoid hours of internet research and price comparisons
  • Utilize our expertise: Our well-traveled advisers use firsthand experiences to customize vacations
  • Enjoy global connections: Personal contacts at 1,000+ airlines, cruise lines, hotels and resorts worldwide
  • Provide an advocate in case of flight cancellations, delays or lost luggage

How Andavo Travel can help a company:

  • Arrange groups, meetings and incentive travel
  • Plan company retreat travel
  • Reward employees with travel gift certificates, redeemable via Andavo
  • Offer discounts for a vast array of travel suppliers through our exclusive contracts
  • Participate in your employee health/benefits fairs

What is Virtuoso?

  • Virtuoso is a network of the world’s finest travel agencies
  • Virtuoso-affiliated travel advisers have global connections with the best travel providers, which means access to the best travel offers that consumers can’t get on their own
  • For Andavo and Christopherson clients, this means access to exclusive, complimentary travel offers:
  • Room upgrades
  • Meals
  • Limousine transfers
  • Spa treatments
  • Early check-in and late checkout
  • Subscriptions to renowned travel publications

Andavo Travel can be reached at 866-327-7600 or vacations@andavotravel.com.

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What are your travel dreams? Tell us to win!

Open your mind to endless travel possibilities when you take the VIRTUOSO LIFE® Travel Dreams Survey. It only takes minutes to complete, but will leave you with a lifetime of inspiration. Plus, once you submit your survey you’ll be entered to win a dream vacation of your own.
Deadline to enter is March 31, 2012. Must be a valid U.S. resident to be eligible to win. Non-U.S. residents are invited to take the survey here.
Christopherson Business Travel is a Virtuoso member agency.

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Virgin Galactic Space Travel One Step Closer to Reality

History was made on October 10, 2010 when Virgin Galactic’s space ship VSS Enterprise completed her first manned solo glide and landing at Mojave Air and Spaceport in California.
Click here to watch footage of the historic flight.
Virgin Galactic is now well on the way to becoming the world’s first commercial space line – and Christopherson Business Travel / Andavo Travel are playing an exclusive role in bringing the wonders of space travel to clients through our partnership with Virtuoso. Virtuoso is the exclusive retail travel group in North and South America currently taking reservations for Virgin Galactic.  Deposits start from $20,000. 
Probably not a part of your 2011 travel management program, but it’s fun to consider the possibilities…

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Using a personal Vacation Travel Advisor vs. online booking

On numerous occasions I have received a call from a “should-be” client saying that they have a problem with their reservation and asking for my help. When I ask, “Which agent assisted you?” their reply is “I booked it myself online” then I just cringe. I tell them that I cannot touch their online booking. I can offer suggestions to a solution but most of the time there is not much that can be done.
There is great value in using a personal Vacation Travel Advisor. We will not only save you time, but we will spare you the complexity and anxiety of the planning process.
The trusted Vacation Travel Advisors at Christopherson Travel have a world of resources at our fingertips thanks to our membership in Virtuoso, the leading network of top luxury travel agencies. We are able to offer privileged access, exclusive amenities and generous upgardes that you can’t get on your own. We specialize in designing a one-of-a-kind travel experiences for our clients. Coordinating a special travel experience is the goal of every personal advisor.
The next time you are planning a vacation use a personal Travel Advisor and save yourself many headaches.