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As managing director of global public relations for Virtuoso, Misty Belles understands the value of a travel advisor perhaps better than most. A master of storytelling and marketing, she works tirelessly to share this insight, in addition to championing the invitation-only consortium’s own luxury member agencies and supplier partners.
In this episode of Humans of Travel, however, Belles is telling a different story: her own. She talks about what it was like growing up in a small Texan town — on a working cattle ranch, no less — as well as her childhood dreams of traveling to far-off places such as New York City and Paris.
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Belles also shares her decision behind switching career paths (she studied journalism in college), and why public relations felt like a better fit. Last, but not least, Belles looks back at how travel has changed over her 20-year tenure working at Virtuoso.
Resources Mentioned in This EpisodeVirtuoso: www.virtuoso.comVirtuoso’s Instagram: www.instagram.com/virtuosoltdVirtuoso’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/virtuosotravelVirtuoso’s Twitter: www.twitter.com/virtuosoVirtuoso’s LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/virtuosotravel
Valerie Chen is the Deputy Digital Editor of TravelAge West, a print and online magazine for travel advisors based in the Western U.S.
TravelAge West also produces national trade publications Explorer and Family Getaways, as well as events including Future Leaders in Travel Retreat, Global Travel Marketplace West, the WAVE Awards gala and the Napa Valley Leadership Forum.
TravelAge West’s new podcast, “Humans of Travel,” features conversations with exceptional people who have compelling stories to tell. Listeners will hear from the travel industry’s notable authorities, high-profile executives, travel advisors and rising stars as they share the experiences — the highs and the lows — that make them human.