ILTM is set to welcome more buyers, more exhibitors and more VIP media from across the world than ever before when the 18th edition takes place in Cannes, 2-5 December, 2019. ILTM will host 1,850 buyers from across the world – including concierge companies, travel agents and private travel designers – and 30% will be new to the event.
With increasing numbers of travellers looking to balance personal fulfilment with experiences that benefit others as well as themselves, ILTM will also reveal plans to ensure a theme of ‘conscious luxury’ for ILTM events in 2020.
ILTM 2019 welcomes a plethora of new suppliers, many of whom will embrace Conscious Luxury ranging from art hotel Casa Malca in Tulum in Mexico; to the new Hotel – Villa Copenhagen in Denmark’s capital; cultural, wildlife and wellness specialists in India and Nepal – Amber Tours; luxury nature retreat Kayan Jungle Bali and Octolo Luxury Lodges in Lapland.
Global tourism destinations – including Dubai, Italy, Greece, Japan, the Maldives and Morocco – as well as private yachts, private jets, private villas and private islands will also take part, not to mention established luxury hotel brands, almost without exception. These include Leading Hotels of the World, Relais & Chateaux, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Capella Hotels and Resorts, Aman Hotels, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Nobu Hotels, Marriott Luxury Brands, ACCOR Luxury Brands, Belmond, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Hilton Luxury Brands, Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Small Luxury Hotels and many more.
The ILTM Global Forum takes place on the eve of the show – Monday 2 December – and will mark the launch of ILTM’s Year of Conscious Luxury.
Alison Gilmore, ILTM Portfolio Director said that “Today, a powerful and influential group of ultra HNW and HNW consumers are preferring to view travel as a gateway to experiences including philanthropy, conservation, wellness, cultural & intellectual pursuits, sport and more. With travel as the means but not an end in itself, travel categories are converging, and travel brands find themselves at the centre of a vast new, eco-system. So, how do we respond? What do we need to know to navigate through this transformation?”
Attendees will hear from a range of experts that go beyond the traditional ideas and explore new and exciting possibilities from a world-renowned economist, to the CEO of one of the world’s largest marketing businesses, to a former surgeon general of the USA. ILTM Cannes attendees will also be the first to read a bold new piece of research into today’s new breed of Ultra-HNW and HNW (high net worth) traveller, commissioned by ILTM in collaboration with Wealth-X.
In addition, ‘The Retreat’ will return to the ILTM 2019 show floor (open 3–5 December) where attendees are able to sample treatments and experiences from leading brands in Health and Wellness. Buyers will be able to reserve a 15 minute slot within their pre-scheduled appointment diaries to sample mini-treatments and experiences with experts from brands including Six Senses, SHA Wellness and Canyon Ranch.
Gilmore continues: “With 5,000 people gathering in Cannes for ILTM 2019, we will introduce global travel buyers to an unrivalled collection of international travel experiences. We are the relationship brokers providing a platform for our guests to do business and build relationships. ILTM is the easiest way to travel the world from one destination in four days, meeting new contacts and re-connecting with others in a real community for business.”