The first and most established Virtuoso Host Agency

Brownell Tour in Venice

Brownell Tour in Venice, Italy (1926)

Brownell Hosting is the oldest Virtuoso host agency in the business. The hosting program has paved the way with its unique and successful business model as well as its innovative mentoring program. Brownell has more than 70 independent contractors located across the country who combine their expertise with Brownell’s wealth of industry connections to create once-in-a-lifetime experiences for their clients.

The history of the program begins in 1978 when Rebecca Willson opened a travel agency, which later was renamed Personal Travel Consultants. In 1988, Personal Travel Consultants became the first Virtuoso agency to specialize in hosting independent contractors. The agency later merged with Atlanta-based Sterling Travel in 2003, and Sterling was sold to Brownell in 2004.

As one of the leading upscale travel companies in the world, Brownell has been providing clients with exceptional travel experiences for over 130 years. We are proud to be a longstanding member of Virtuoso, a worldwide network of luxury travel agencies. Although Brownell has retained its independent status, we consistently rank in the Top Five producing agencies. Because of our boutique size and formidable buying power, Brownell Advisors and ICs are known by name to the very best suppliers in the world – affording our teams and their clients extraordinary perks and privileges. Brownell advisors and ICs are actively involved on 80% of Virtuoso’s committees and boards helping shape the travel industry.

Brownell is internationally recognized by luxury travel suppliers as one of the most ethical, professional and powerful travel agencies in the world. With our extensive, deep-rooted industry relationships, our advisors greatly benefit from the incredible brand power that comes with the Brownell name.

We invite you to explore our website and learn more about our services and unparalleled network of luxury travel consultants.


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