LUX Hospitality Awards 2016

LUX - Hospitality Awards 2016 17 Best International Wine Travel Specialist “Moving forward, we are growing our brand through the development of additional programming and the expansion of partnerships both nationally and globally. “Discerning guests are continually looking for unique, exclusive, personal experiences with the winemakers and winery owners. Through years of operation, we have cultivated and partnered with sommeliers and culinary experts around the world who personally guide our groups in tandem with the winemakers and winery owners, and in the future we are keen to continue this progression and build upon our current success.” Food & Wine Trails curate exclusive culinary travel experiences through partnerships with wineries, winemakers, chefs and leading luxury cruise and tour companies worldwide. Greg explains the factors which differentiate the firm from its competitors. “There has been tremendous growth in both the travel and wine industries in recent years, and both wineries and cruise lines are implementing direct to consumer initiatives. Cruise lines are building new ships and capacity will increase dramatically in the next three years. “As such, our industry is becoming increasingly competitive as new players enter the market. What makes Food & Wine Trails unique is the quality. We personally visit our destinations, employ sommeliers, Best International Wine Travel Specialist winemakers and guides who are experts in their fields and provide exclusive, one-of-a-kind experiences which align perfectly to the guests’ expectations. “Additionally, we are innovative in that we meet the needs of both cruise ships and wineries. For wineries, F&WT strengthens branding and bonds customers through exclusive access to wine and winemaker experiences. These interactions result in adding and extending wine club memberships. For cruise lines, F&WT programs not only bring passengers, but many of these are new to cruising customers, which is a critical component to the industry as a whole.” Looking ahead, Greg explains that Food & Wine Trails has increased its marketing and sales resources in order to meet increasing demand for its services. Food & Wine Trails is an award-winning tour company with more than 31 years of experience. We invited Greg Nacco, Vice President of Business Development, to talk us through the firm and the techniques it employs to ensure every tour is a truly unforgettable experience. HO160056 Company: Food & Wine Trails Name: Greg Nacco Email: gnacco@ Web: www. Address: 707-A Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 Phone: 800-367-5348