With Asia Pacific continuing to dominate the world’s high net worth population, the second edition of ILTM Asia Pacific — which took place place in Singapore, 27-30 May 2019 — was 10% bigger than the first in 2018, hosting 572 buyers from across the region who took part in 30,422 one-to-one, pre-selected meetings with some of the world’s latest and most interesting luxury travel brands.
At ILTM Asia Pacific, there were significant increases in the number of buyers from Australia (9%), Korea (21%), Malaysia (33%), New Zealand (133%) and the Philippines (38%), and new agents attending from Bangladesh, Moldova, Armenia and Belarus. Of those, 49% were new to the ILTM Portfolio and 61% new to the event.
Both established and smaller brand guests were enthusiastic in their praise of ILTM Asia Pacific. Kristi Kavanaugh-Bradley of Aspen Skiing Company commented: “We have a very powerful brand so we need the top 1% of the 1% of the 1% … and this is where their agents are.”
And Ninna Haflidadottir of Iceland Luxury added, “We received good bookings and increased interest in our destination as a direct result of attending ILTM last year. This year the meetings have taken it to another level.”
Jeannie Yom of The London West Hollywood said: “This is our first time at ILTM Asia Pacific and we are really meeting clients that matter. ILTM is very specific in marketing to both suppliers and buyers, matching decision makers with decision makers and I received booking requests while I was sitting at the show. This is one show you have to be at every year!
“Last year was excellent but ILTM Asia Pacific is a much better quality show again. All my clients have had a full agenda of very qualified appointments and a lot of genuine interest. We’ll be back bigger and better next year!” said Christine Galle-Luczak of Heavens Portfolio.
Productive buyers – the well-known as well as many fresh new faces – were also delighted. Melissa Ferguson of Australia’s Mary Rossi Travel said “ILTM is now my favourite trade show globally – I love it!”
And David Goldman of Goldman Group added: “Our industry is built on solid relationships and to have the opportunity to network with old and new friends is very special. ILTM Asia Pacific is the only place to meet the best of the best and I can’t wait for 2020.”
ILTM Asia Pacific 2020 is taking place again at Marina Bay Sands Singapore, from 18 to 21 May 2020.