First ILTM Americas Show Hits Maximum Capacity for Travel Suppliers
By James Shillinglaw
June 27, 2012 12:45 PM
International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) said its new invitation-only ILTM Americas has reached maximum capacity for travel suppliers with three months to go before the conference takes place. Set for Oct. 1-3 in the luxury resorts that make up Mayakoba on the Mexican Riviera Maya, ILTM Americas will host 130 high-end international travel suppliers who will meet a similar number of individually selected, high-end travel agents from North, Central and South America.
The final list of exhibitors at this inaugural event include some of the world’s most unique hotels, new discoveries, spa and wellness escapes plus gastronomic, cultural and wilderness experiences to inspire discerning travel agents and their high net worth clients across the Americas.
Attendees include Luxury Lodges of Australia, showcasing an Australian luxury outback experience; La Residence in Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands of South Africa; The Ritz, London; The Racha in Thailand; and Winston Churchill’s favorite hotel, La Mamounia in Marrakech. Other top suppliers include Africa’s Wilderness Safaris, the Galapagos Islands’ eco-resort Pikaia Lodge and a heli-fishing eco-adventure cruise in the Chilean Patagonia, Nomads of the Seas.
“Riviera Maya is all about luxury travel today -- the perfect host for ILTM Americas,” said Simon Mayle, ILTM’s head of marketing and buyer programs. “Very few destinations offer such an overwhelming ‘sense of place’ and the resort is one of a kind, nestled amongst jungle mangroves and lagoons and at one with the natural environment.”
With the Mexican economy growing at its fastest pace in the first quarter of 2012 for more than a year, the Mexico and Riviera Maya Tourism Boards are working closely with ILTM to ensure the destination sets the scene for business success. Celebrations will take place throughout ILTM Americas at such venues as the archaeological park of Xcaret, the Orient-Express’ Maroma Resort and Spa, and the Fairmont Mayakoba.
“With the first ILTM Americas selling out at such an early stage, this is the perfect environment to create new levels of innovation, style and creative travel solutions,” Mayle said. “It is clear that introducing ILTM inspiration to the Americas’ most productive buyers within a truly authentic, luxury resort in one of the world’s fastest growing economies is perfect for all involved in serious luxury travel business.”