Virtuoso Picks Allianz Global Assistance

Virtuoso and Allianz Global Assistance Canada have announced a preferred partnership that will enable more Canadian travellers to protect their trips and access valuable emergency medical benefits while travelling.

Allianz Global Assistance Canada is a leading provider of travel insurance and protection services to more than eight million Canadians annually. Virtuoso is the leading global network of agencies specializing in luxury and experiential travel, with more than 20,000 advisors.

Virtuoso was attracted by Allianz Global Assistance’s customer-first approach, expansive product suite and ability to help travelling clients experiencing medical emergencies on a global scale. As a part of Allianz Partners, Allianz Global Assistance is one of 44 business units offering clients access to a worldwide network of nearly 70,000 medical facilities.

Through this partnership, Virtuoso member agencies will benefit from dedicated sales support, revenue optimization tools, a state-of the-art online learning and development platform, as well as direct access to skilled Agency Services representatives providing support to Virtuoso-affiliated administrators and licensed travel insurance advisors.

Steve Wooster, managing director, services and air operations at Virtuoso, said: “Allianz Global Assistance has been a valuable preferred partner with Virtuoso in the U.S. for many years. We’re delighted to expand our long-standing, successful partnership into Canada now. We recognize the global protection benefits and exceptional customer care that Allianz Global Assistance provides to Virtuoso members’ clients, which is part of what makes its luxury travel experiences unique.”

Richard Aquino, vice president, head of sales, Allianz Global Assistance USA, commented: “We have had a strong relationship with Virtuoso in the U.S. and are excited to continue our growth with Virtuoso members in Canada. We have an experienced sales team in Canada and this will help enhance and strengthen our relationships.”

And Sarah Hume, vice president, strategic partnerships at Allianz Global Assistance Canada, added: “We’re pleased to partner with Virtuoso to engage its agency members in growing their travel businesses. Our dedicated, local sales team is readily prepared and looks forward to offering exceptional support in strategically attracting more clients and revenue with our outstanding product, training, and licensing expertise.”