Gregg and Caroline Reflect on VBT’s World’s Best Award

Even high atop the Swiss mountains our family got word that VBT was named third in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, and our cheers likely echoed down into the valleys below us. This great news was quickly followed by a wave of congratulatory emails, texts and phone messages and an overwhelming amount of good wishes for VBT.

Though we are on vacation, we were so taken by all of the kind words we’ve received we were driven to pause and take a few moments to reflect. What rises to the forefront is our appreciation for our community of travelers and employees, and how lucky we are to have them both. This recognition from the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine validates our mission and encourages us to stay the course.

To be recognized in this fashion is truly an honor. We’re so very thankful and we’re encouraged by all of your support. Be assured we’ll hold up our end, and VBT will keep striving to be the best in the industry.

Thank You,

Gregg and Caroline Marston

VBT Ranks Third in Travel and Leisure’s 2012 World’s Best Awards

Ranking among Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Tour Operators is quite an achievement. To have done so for three consecutive years, and to be named third out of the hundreds of qualified Tour Operators is truly an honor for each and every one of our worldwide VBT associates.

Worlds Best

Each year, Travel + Leisure works with an independent agency to poll its readers about their preferred worldwide hotels, cruise lines, airlines and other travel industry providers. And those that are identified as the leaders are truly at the top of their industry. Clearly, we’re in very good company.

After evaluating six critical areas, readers gave VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations a score of 95.36 out of 100, making our small company in Bristol, Vermont, the Third overall Tour Operator in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards.

Needless to say, we’re thrilled with the results! We’re proud of this acknowledgement and we’re very grateful for our travelers’ recognition of our commitment to offering rewarding cultural encounters and overall outstanding travel experiences. That in itself is quite a reward for us. Ultimately, we’re very pleased that those who have traveled with us, and experienced VBT’s approach cultural immersion with Local Trip leaders, are inspired by their active vacations with us. So much so, in fact, that 98% of VBT Travelers would refer their family and friends to join us.

Don’t worry! Though we’re very excited about these accolades, we don’t have any intention of resting on our laurels. Our commitment to offering active vacations of the highest quality and at the best value is stronger than ever. We really appreciate all of the support that we’ve received and we’ll keep organizing the outstanding bicycling and walking vacations that you’ve come to expect from VBT!