ILTM Japan connects Japan’s luxury heritage with global travellers, as well as wealthy Japanese to the world.
Japan’s only bespoke luxury travel event for both inbound as well as Japanese outbound high-net worth travellers, the fifth and largest ever edition of ILTM Japan took place last week at the Conrad Hotel Tokyo.
ILTM Japan 2017 saw the number of both Japanese exhibitors and hosted buyers increasing by 24%, notably from Australia, Canada, UAE, the UK and US. Other buyers attending represented high-net worth clients from China, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Korea, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan.
The event’s Opening Forum profiled the importance of the luxury travel curator in planning their discerning clients’ Japanese travel itineraries. Experts in Japanese gastronomy – Mr Takanori Nakamura, Chairperson of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants – and art – Mr Katsura Yamaguchi, Senior Vice-President and International Director of Japanese and Korean Art at Christie’s – highlighted both the importance of these experiences to Japanese travellers as well as those planning travel for high-net worth clients across the world.
Turning to the business of ILTM Japan, the number of one-to-one appointments increased to 3650, 16% up year on year. Buyers and exhibitors – both from Japan and the rest of the world – were enthused by their experiences:
Kathleen Callum of UK Japanese specialist, Oku Japan, commented:
“I’ve been able to meet with so many people in well-timed appointments over such a short space of time. Different services, different suppliers – ILTM Japan has been a great opportunity to not only discover new accommodation, but make really fruitful business connections.”