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Keeping luxury relevant is key theme at forum
December 2009 1303

‘Keeping Luxury Relevant’ and ‘The Future of Luxury Travel’ are the key themes the world of luxury travel will be tackling at this year’s ILTM in Cannes.

The ILTM Ultratravel Forum assembles the world’s definitive collection of luxury experiences and prestigious luxury travel products and has brought together a heavyweight panel of the industry’s movers and shakers to discuss the event’s two key themes.

Sitting on the two panels at the ILTM Ultratravel Forum will be:

• Paul Jones, president One & Only Hotels and Resorts

• Katie Taylor, president and COO Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

• Brett Butcher, CEO Langham Hotels

• John Gianquitto, chairman and chief executive The Appointment Group

• Sonu Shivdasani, CEO Six Senses Resort and Spa

• Amerigo Perasso, president and COO Silversea Cruises

• Glen Pushelberg, YabuPushelberg

• Tom Storey, president Fairmont Hotels and Resorts • Tom Shelley, vice president Marketing Space Adventures

• Tom Marchant, director and co- founder Black Tomato

• Melissa Biggs Bradley, founder and CEO Indagare Travel Inc.

• Andrés Ergas, president Nomads of the Seas

• Guy Crawford, CEO Jumeirah Group

• Kristi Jones, president Virtuoso,

• Daniel Levine, founder and executive director The Avant-Guide Institute

• Jennifer Fox, COO - Europe InterContinental Hotels Group.

Apollo 11 astronaut Dr Buzz Aldrin – together with Neil Armstrong the first humans to set foot on the Moon in 1969 – will be delivering ILTM’s keynote address at the Forum.  “We are absolutely delighted that Dr Buzz Aldrin, an icon of the golden age of space travel, will be reminiscing on his experiences with Apollo and his moonwalk whilst looking ahead to the future of space travel. 

“It is also particularly pleasing that ILTM has attracted such a prestigious panel that represents a cross section of the international luxury travel market.  It is rare to bring together in one place, on one stage such a distinguished group of industry leaders,” said Debbie Joslin, group exhibition director ILTM.

The ILTM Ultratravel Forum will be followed by the inaugural ILTM Awards recognising the best luxury travel experiences from around the world, as voted for by the users of luxury travel community and the participants of Iltm.

The event looks forward to once again showcasing a variety of the most prestigious luxury travel products and services to the most discerning buyers – confirming its importance in the luxury travel market calendar.

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