Asia Luxury Travel Market (ALTM) will be held in Shanghai this year from 16 to19 June at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre.
“ALTM 2008 promises to be an event that will exceed our expectations. The enthusiasm expressed by all the delegates for the second year of the event, is proof of this. To date 65 per cent of the space has been booked and confirmed and a third of our targeted buyers have signed up for the 2008 event,” said event director Jay Martens.
“We have built a great foundation from which to establish ALTM as “THE” annual event on the luxury travel calendar for those who target the Asia Pacific buyers market,” said event co-founder Serge Dive. “Several new exhibitors will be joining us next summer, including Monaco Tourism Authority, One&Only Resorts, Cap Estel, Regent Hotels & Resorts, Conde Nast Johansens and Silversea Cruises among others.”
Other exhibitors include the Dubai government, the Leading Hotels of the World, Six Senses Resorts & Spas, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and Relais & Chateaux. Sonu Shivdasani, founder, chairman and CEO of Six Senses Resorts & Spas said of the show: “ALTM answers a need for luxury hoteliers to be able to meet small niche travel agents that plan unique holidays for wealthy clients.”
Mark Witney, Director of South African safari lodges Singita, said the event was “a unique opportunity to meet travel buyers not only from China, but from all over Asia. We have no doubt that this previously neglected market will become significant as Asian economies boom.”
Organised like a private club, the invitation only event showcases leading luxury travel suppliers to fully hosted VIP travel buyers. ALTM now intends to double the number of hosted buyers attending the event in 2008.
“The success of ALTM is reflected in the number of pre-scheduled appointments that were organised in its first year. Over 10,000 appointments took place over the three days of the event,” said Martens.