President - The Annemarie Victory Organization, Inc.
As president of her own New York-based specialty tour company, Annemarie Victory has successfully combined her extensive travel experiences and knowledge of fine cuisine in offering one-of-a-kind luxury tours throughout the world. Whether it’s to Vienna for the famed New Year's Eve Ball, experiencing culinary creations by such legends as Alain Ducasse and Paul Bocuse, or cruising the Mediterranean aboard the legendary Sea Cloud, Victory has developed a special niche creating one-of-a-kind vacation experiences for the discriminating, upscale traveler. Inspired by a passion for travel, food and wine, she has spent her career touring the world, personally selecting those unique elements which become hallmarks of tours offered by the Annemarie Victory Organization.
Austrian born, Victory began her career in the travel industry working as a tour guide to various European countries and worked in a hotel in Lugano, Switzerland. She speaks French, Italian, German and English.
Victory came to the United States in 1964 as the director of the Swiss Tourism exhibit at the World’s Fair in New York. She remained in the US as the manager of Europe on Skis, which then became the largest U.S. based wholesaler and retailer of ski tours to Europe. After seven years with Europe on Skies, she took a hiatus to raise her two children. She returned to the travel industry in 1980, becoming a partner in a New York City-based travel agency.
In 1983, she founded The Annemarie Victory Organization and rapidly carved her niche in the industry by meeting the special needs of upscale travelers throughout the U.S. Her tours became her forte, with clients benefiting from her experience, knowledge and attention to detail in creating, organizing and personally escorting groups to Europe, Asia, Africa and the South Pacific. With the special relationships she has established with some of the world’s most distinguished hoteliers, restaurateurs an chefs, Victory’s tours allow special access to the finest hotels, restaurants and events the world over.
As one of the country’s foremost authorities on travel, food and wine, Victory was selected to host the culinary series "World Class Cuisine," on the Discovery Channel. Filmed on location at renowned hotels and restaurants in France, Italy, Belgium, Austria and Spain, she visited with more than 65 of Europe’s top chefs and restaurateurs for the series. Additionally, she has appeared on national network television including the Regis Philbin Show and The Travel Channel.
In 1988, in recognition of her efforts to introduce Austrian food and wine to the United States, Victory was awarded a "Golden Cross" from the city of Vienna.