Whatever your field of expertise, the fast changing market place can leave you out of the loop. One of the best ways to know the latest changes and improvements plus meet colleagues who specialize in luxury travel is The International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) which takes place annually in Cannes, France, to meet these challenges. The show takes place at the Palais des Festivals et des Congres, in the centre of Cannes.
A tremendous amount of organization is required to make this matching of luxury travel professionals go smoothly at the time of the conference. Reed Exhibitions facilitates all of the events plus the huge database appointment matching which is the core of the event.
This Business to Business conference is not open to the public and is devoted to career professionals in a wide range of specialties: outbound travel agents, private travel designers, event planners, MICE companies, concierge companies, online travel agents, retail travel agents, etc.
Exhibitors are mainly inbound tourism companies who welcome travellers into their particular country.
Buyers are mainly outbound tourism companies in search of interesting products for their domestic clients.
The conference is a two way meeting place arranged by appointment only. Before the show both exhibitors and buyers log in to ILTM’s directory and select who they want to meet with during the show.
The automatic ILTM system does its magic and matches reciprocal requests from both sides. There is the possibility for a maximum of 52 official pre-scheduled appointments that take place in the exhibitors’ stands.
The beauty of the system is that matches are made before the conference date. All participants know their individualized schedule. The targeted scheduled meetings eliminate time wasting and facilitate the best possible business matches for industry professionals.
Before the first day of scheduled appointments, the show begins with a full day of educational events for participants to learn the latest news in the industry and luxury standards.
Personal networking is a part of the overall concept of the event. ILTM organizes a series of gatherings and parties to facilitate meeting new people and reconnecting with colleagues.
- a welcome reception
- an official party (in 2015 held at Hotel Martinez)
- several networking sessions targeted toward establishing new contacts
In addition to the private appointments, these sessions create the opportunity for professionals to expand contacts and learn about new and innovative services.
Luxury tourists have exacting and distinctive requirements for their holidays. VIPs and their staff are current with both business and state-of-the-art requirements both at home and when travelling.
The ILTM event allows travel specialists who work with high end travellers to stay current on how to provide the best services and expertise to complement their distinctive stipulations.
Personal contacts throughout the industry expedite knowledge in a wide variety of specific areas of expertise. Luxury travel professionals meet face-to-face with the very people they will work with designing a high end travel experience for VIPs.
Although ILTM holds sister events in Shanghai, Tokyo, Mexico and Cape Town, the event in Cannes is the longest running and most well-attended conference in this specialized industry.
Cannes is always a wonderful place to spend some days, even in December. The mornings may be chilly but the days warm up enough to enjoy a relaxing walk to sample French delicacies or stroll through shops for the exclusive shopping in the Côte d’Azur.
Luxury travel professionals will enjoy the fast-paced experience, gain new knowledge, and connect with professionals who will help you meet the needs of your luxury travel clients.