A luxury travel booking agency quietly removed all Trump hotel and resort listings from its elite “invitation-only” services earlier this month, it has been revealed.
Virtuoso Travel, a Texas-based agency specializing in luxury and experiential vacations, has abandoned all former President Donald Trump’s hotels that were considered partners, Zenger News has revealed.
The agency had considered six of Trump’s 10 partner hotels in its Virtuoso network, which offers travelers VIP benefits and special access, the Washington Post reported. It was not immediately clear which six hotels were previously listed by the company, which has since removed them from the website.
Virtuoso previously promoted his ties to the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC before it opened in 2016, according to a press release at the time, saying it would join “our nation’s esteemed landmarks.”
Besides the DC Hotel, Trump owns six other hotels in North America: Albemarle Estate in Charlottesville, Virginia; Trump International Hotels in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Waikiki, Hawaii; National Doral in Miami; and Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago and New York.
Trump also owns the Macleod House & Lodge in Scotland; the Trump Turnberry, also in Scotland; and Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in Ireland.
Trump International Hotel and Tower in Columbus Circle in Manhattan is pictured last May
A general view of the Trump International Hotel is seen on March 4, 2021 in Washington as Capitol Hill police were on high alert over QAnon conspiracy theories
Donald Trump and Eric Trump are pictured opening the Albemarle estate at Trump Winery in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2015
Former President Donald Trump was pictured in his golf gear before hitting the ties on Sunday
Former President Donald Trump was seen giving a tour of the complex to a group of people on Tuesday while talking at length
“Trump Hotels is no longer part of the Virtuoso network,” Virtuoso spokesperson Misty Belles said in a statement obtained by outlets.
“We take into account many variables when considering participation in existing and new networks. Out of respect for all parties involved, and as a general policy, we do not share comments regarding our non-renewal and exit decisions. ‘
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Virtuoso previously promoted his ties to the Trump International Hotel, which will soon open in Washington, DC in April 2016, according to a press release at the time.
A view of the Virtuoso Travel homepage is visible after the company removed Trump hotels from its lists
A general view of Trump Turnberry is seen last June in Turnberry, Scotland, as the resort planned to expand
A view of the MacLeod House & Lodge is seen in Aberdeen, Scotland – one of Trump’s three hotels internationally
Trump’s name is displayed with hurdles at the Trump International Golf Resort where he stayed during a 2019 visit to Doonbeg, Ireland
The hotel opened in the historic Old Washington Post Office on Pennsylvania Avenue in September 2016
The converted historic building has been “restored far beyond its original grandeur” and includes Ivanka Trump’s spa.
The company said that customers who booked their stay through one of its 20,000 luxury travel advisors Would get “exclusive perks,” including a room upgrade, a daily full breakfast for two, and a $ 100 spa credit, among other perks.
However, the DC hotel has experienced financial difficulties since it opened and attempts to sell the property have been repeatedly delayed, Forbes reported.
The hotel also received backlash after apparently raising prices earlier this month when QAnon conspiracy theorists believed Trump would be relocated to the White House during a March 4 inauguration, Zenger News noted.
A man walks past the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, Illinois, on Sunday
Tropical flowers and entrance sign to the Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach, a five-star luxury hotel and residences owned by Donald Trump
Palm trees and front exterior entrance of Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach
A sign for Trump National Doral Resort in Miami, Florida is seen at the entrance to the golf resort
The Trump International Hotel Las Vegas is pictured on August 16, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada
Forbes reported that Trump’s hotel management and licensing activities have fallen by $ 24 million since 2019, and his golf resorts have lost another $ 120 million.
Trump’s business could take another hit after he leaves Virtuoso, which is one of the most prestigious network affiliations for luxury hotels.
Chekitan Dev, professor in the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, told the Washington Post that Virtuoso is “one of the most important, well-known and influential third-party distribution channels, especially for hotels. luxury”.
“Getting fired by Virtuoso is a very big deal because hotels or hotel brands lose their exposure to a huge network of agents who are highly qualified to book deals for their most demanding and wealthy clients who are usually also frequent travelers, ”Dev mentioned.
Forbes noted that two hotels with old ties to Trump remain in Virtuoso’s network.
Trump licensed his name for the David Rockwell-designed Trump SoHo, a 391-room New York City condo hotel, which dropped its affiliation with him in 2017 and renamed The Dominick.
The 65-story St. Regis Toronto, part of Marriott’s portfolio, was previously called Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto under a license agreement.
However, his name was withdrawn when investor lawsuits bankrupted the hotel developer, Forbes reported.