ILTM Cannes, the world’s luxury travel occasion portfolio, celebrated its 21st version final week, 5-8 December 2022. The world flagship occasion for the ILTM Portfolio introduced collectively over 3,600 luxury travel professionals from 77 international locations for per week of devoted one-to-one conferences in addition to an in depth programme of networking occasions. This 12 months’s occasion was met with new ranges of ardour and enthusiasm with the luxury travel industry absolutely renewed and a spirit of true optimism emanating all through the week. The occasion was a profitable dwell reunion for industry professionals from world wide as contributors have been united over a optimistic outlook towards the way forward for luxury travel.
ILTM portfolio director Alison Gilmore commented on the success of the week’s occasions: “With ILTM, we bring together an international community, filling Cannes with a celebration of the luxury travel industry. Business went on day and night throughout the week as travel suppliers and buyers connected and forged new relationships, both inside and outside of the Palais des Festivals.”
In collaboration with American Express and luxury analysis specialists Altiant, ILTM launched a world industry report entitled ‘BUZZ vs. REALITY – Decoding the luxury travel consumer mindset’. In highlighting this analysis, Alison Gilmore commented, “We launched the first part of this research at ILTM Asia Pacific earlier this year and this in this global edition, it was interesting to see that not only are traveller demands higher than ever, but that Travel Advisors are now often expected to deal with various new responsibilities which they may not have had before. Their expertise is being recognised and advisors are becoming even more integral for the global affluent, with 59% planning to use Travel Advisors for half or more of their holiday bookings over the next year.”
Meryam Schneider, Senior VP at Altiant, luxury analysis specialist says of the analysis: “For this distinctive piece of analysis centered solely on prosperous and HNW people’ views on luxury travel, we gathered quantifiable information throughout 14 international locations, from prosperous and high-net-worth people (HNWIs) throughout the second half of 2022. As a end result, the information grew to become extraordinarily related to any organisations concentrating on luxury travellers. The pattern was balanced in age and gender and collaborating members have been solely extracted from the highest 5% of their nation’s revenue earners or wealth holders, and every of them has been manually validated.’
Alison Gilmore Portfolio Director ILTM moreover commented on the industry traits and insights highlighted within the report, “At ILTM, we have certainly seen the transformation of the wellness travel industry, however it was comforting to learn that wellness continues to move up the list of priorities that wealthy travellers factor into their holiday bookings, with mental wellbeing an area of particular interest for many.”
Luxury travel manufacturers, experiences, locations, and suppliers loved per week of constructing and renewing connections with worldwide travel planners, curators and companies as soon as once more. Throughout the week over 70,000 pre-scheduled, one-to-one conferences occurred along with numerous conferences at off-site networking occasions as ILTM took over the town of Cannes for the week. Once once more, ILTM introduced collectively each number of luxury travel expertise from the industry’s most celebrated and established manufacturers to new trailblazers within the luxury travel area. ILTM offers alternatives for professionals and types to type and renew rewarding relationships and uncover new enterprise.
ILTM Cannes additionally hosted over 60 of the world’s most influential travel editors from publications which are the voice of luxury travel to their high-net-worth readers world wide. Exhibitors are given the chance to satisfy them by way of velocity networking and press conferences along with one-to-one conferences organised over the course of the week.
Anne DiGregory, vp of gross sales for Auberge Resorts Collection spoke to her expertise on the occasion: “This is my first ILTM Cannes show, and Wow! What an amazing environment to connect with old friends and make new ones. It’s all about relationships in our business and ILTM Cannes is the place you have to be, to connect in December. Our booth was so busy with appointments and connecting with those just walking by. I loved being here and am already looking forward to the 2023 show.”
Jean-Luc Naret, govt director of The Set Collection stated: “ILTM provides us with the ideal opportunity to showcase our brands. Since launching as “The Set Collection”, we’ve had the chance to take part in ILTM Asia Pacific and now at ILTM Cannes for the primary time this 12 months. We’re notably impressed with the responsiveness of the ILTM workforce and the standard of consumers. We’ll be at ILTM Latin America subsequent and searching ahead to doing all of it once more!”
Juana Ortiz Basso tour & travel supervisor with Los Cabos Tourism Board was delighted to attend: This was my first time at ILTM with Los Cabos, though they’re a daily exhibitor. “This was simply amazing! I met with new buyers and all of them were really interested in our destination. We have had many unexpected meetings in addition to our already full diary of appointments. We also participated in the Press Roundtables and had the opportunity to give a Destination Presentation. Next year for sure we will be back looking for more business. This event has really helped Los Cabos diversify its business in luxury travel.”
Kyle Antoni Pace Cumbo, director gross sales & advertising and marketing iniala group stated, “For us, the purpose of this ILTM Cannes was to talk about the most luxurious new hotel on Phuket – the Iniala Beach House. We focused on seeing buyers from the US and Canada and had some 20 meetings in total. This really is the event of the year where the whole industry meets and we are already looking forward to the next one! ILTM Cannes is the only event that truly brings in business!”
Adam Morriss, divisional director of Sales for Belmond described his expertise saying: “ILTM went brilliantly well this year, as everyone brought their A-game, whether buyers or suppliers and we, as Belmond, brought our legendary train to the show, a piece of travel history, which definitely has sparked people to dream of luxury travel again.”
Chris Austin, chief gross sales officer for Explora Journeys commented: “As a new luxury lifestyle brand, for Explora Journeys, ILTM Cannes has again provided the perfect platform to increase awareness and engage with high profile luxury travel advisors. We will be back.”
Speaking for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Dominik Trimborn, Director – Global Sales Partners stated: “It is by far the most important show in the luxury space. We’re so happy to be back this year and we look forward to many more years of collaboration with ILTM Cannes and RX globally.”