Virtuoso® Honors Micato Safaris as an Industry Standout at the 26th Annual Virtuoso Travel Week

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Micato Safaris Recognized for Excellence in the Category of Best VAST (Virtuoso Active and Specialty Travel) Supplier

International luxury travel network, Virtuoso®, celebrated its top destination partners at its Destination Showcase Dinner & Award ceremony August 11, where Micato Safaris was recognized as the winner of Best VAST (Virtuoso Active and Specialty Travel) Supplier. The event, which attracted more than 1377 travel agency members, preferred suppliers and esteemed guests, was one of the many fetes at the organization’s 26th annual Virtuoso Travel Week conference, taking place this week at the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Hosted by Virtuoso Chairman and CEO, Matthew D. Upchurch, CTC, and Albert Herrera, Virtuoso’s senior vice president of Global Product Partnership, the Destination Showcase honored partners who continue to provide exceptional experiences to Virtuoso clients while simultaneously proving themselves outstanding partner to Virtuoso’s travel agencies and advisors.

“Ours is an industry that is based on relationships, and the incredible relationship we have with our partners like Micato Safaris allow our advisors to consistently delight their clients,” says Herrera. “The Destination Showcase Awards allow us to shine the spotlight on these amazing partners and thank them for their continued support of our network.”

Micato Safaris received its nomination from an elected committee of top Virtuoso travel advisors, and excelled in the voting process that engaged the network’s nearly 9,000 travel advisors.

“Being recognized by Virtuoso as the Best VAST Supplier is a great honor because we strongly value all our professional relationships, but most especially those with our travel advisor partners,” said Dennis Pinto, Managing Director of Micato Safaris. “We look forward to continuing to work together to create safari travel experiences that far exceed clients’ expectations.”


About Micato Safaris:

Micato Safaris, has set the industry standard for luxury, service, and passionate commitment to providing unequaled safari experiences in East and Southern Africa for nearly five decades. A family-owned, family-operated company, Micato is truly at home in Africa. The only company honored nine times with Travel + Leisure magazine’s prestigious #1 World’s Best Safari Outfitter Award, Micato is also the only five-time winner of the Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Award, most recently in 2013 for Education. For more than a quarter century, Micato’s nonprofit arm, Micato-AmericaShare, has cared for and educated thousands of needy children based from its Harambee Centre in Nairobi’s Mukuru slum. The company’s heralded One for One Commitment sends a child to school for every safari sold.

About Virtuoso:

Virtuoso® is the industry’s leading luxury travel network. This by-invitation-only organization comprises over 340 agencies with more than 7,200 elite travel specialists in 20 countries in North and South America, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand, as well as over 1,700 of the world’s best travel providers and premier destinations. The network’s member agencies generate over $9.6 billion annually in travel sales, making the group the most powerful in the luxury travel segment. Their relationships with the finest travel companies provide the network’s affluent clientele with exclusive amenities, rare experiences and privileged access. For more information, visit

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