Luxperience 2015 is underway in Sydney in expanded form, 30% larger than last year and with the main event based for the first time at Australian Technology Park, one Sydney’s biggest and most interesting events spaces, based at the former Eveleigh railway workshops at Redfern.
More than 30,000 meetings are set to take place over the 3.5-day event. Each attendee’s appointment schedule can be accessed through the new LUXE Concierge App, which includes personal travel itineraries and a playful guide to Sydney’s hotspots. LUXE supremo, Simon Westcott, was one of several travel industry identities to address media and delegates at the event yesterday.
Luxperience 2015 opened in style on Sunday night at Sydney Town Hall with a Thought Leaders Forum and Welcome Cocktail Party for more than 500 attendees.
The invitation-only business forum connects the world’s most exclusive travel providers dealing in luxury and experiential travel. It’s billed as the only one of its kind in the Australasia and Pacific region.
Media personality Jacinta Tynan was Master of Ceremonies at Sunday night’s opening event, and guests heard speakers including Anouche Newman from the Customer Service Institute of Australia; award-winning cinematographer Corey Baudinette from LUXHD, and digital marketing expert Dr Matthew McDougall of Digital Jungle.
Luminaries from the meetings and conventions arena – Anne Candy from Signature by Anne Candy, Ilana Den of Cc Conferences and Corporate Events, and Melissa Bajugi from Sydney Town Hall – treated guests to an inspiring debate on the paradoxical perceptions of high-cost events.
Luxperience attendees were also presented with initial findings of the latest trends, opportunities and challenges facing the luxury travel industry uncovered in research initiated by Luxperience with respected market research specialists, MyTravelResearch.com.
The only forum of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, Luxperience helps to identify and drive trends in the luxury and experiential travel sector, and in turn attracts highly desirable, difficult to reach clients.
Edited by Peter Needham