Nine of TravelManagers’ personal travel managers participated last week in the invite only, specialist luxury global three-day business exchange Luxperience. The only Australian forum of its kind, Luxperience 2016 connected over 300 experiential, unique and inspiring luxury travel products directly to over 450 high-end experiential travel buyers.
Personal travel managers participating in the Sydney based event were New South Wales based Melinda Rowe representative for East Jindabyne, Annalize Troost representative for West Pennant Hills; Victoria based Debbie Bean representative for Tarneit, Lea Burford representative for Torquay, Luke Vaughan representative for Kooyang, Melanie Carter representative for Scoresby, Michelle Levins representative for Forest Hill and Queensland based Georgina Grandi representative for Wynnum, Annette Fyfe representative for Victoria Point. TravelManagers Executive General Manager Michael Gazal also attended the Gala Awards dinner.
TravelManagers’ personal travel managers (from left) Melinda Rowe, Annalize Troost and Georgina Grandi inspired by their Luxperience experience
Luxperience promised to connect travel buyers with the most innovative experiential travel experts in the luxury market and Grandi was definitely not disappointed.
“The TravelManagers’ philosophy of providing exceptional personal service to create individual tailor-made client luxurious experiences resonates perfectly with Luxperience’s values. The luxury market fits with our ethos of bespoke travel arrangements and going the extra mile for our clients. I can’t wait to tell my clients all about the incredible new and exciting holiday experiences I’ve learnt about.”
Troost found the event incredibly informative, being introduced to an extensive range of new suppliers and intriguing products.
“I was extremely inspired with my one-on-one meetings with a huge range of specialist suppliers from all over the world. With just over a 50 percent increase in new suppliers attending this years’ event I was impressed by the amount of new boutique and specialist suppliers. It’s this type of opportunity to gain expert firsthand information and knowledge on luxury destinations all under one roof that allows us to really impress our clients.”
A key part of Luxperience that resonated well with Rowe was the opportunity to exchange ideas and attend the Thought Leader Forum focusing on the latest trends in the luxury travel market.
“The pre-scheduled appointments worked really well as I could meet with suppliers that suited my client and business needs. As personal travel managers we are constantly on the lookout to find innovative ways to interact with our clients and this includes more than just offering the very best in experiences and information. The value we can offer our top end clients comes in the form of keeping up with the latest trends and maintaining relevance as travel experiences and client needs continually change.”
The final night It’s a Wrap Party brought to a close an extremely successful networking event with the 2017 dates and theme of ‘Through a New Lens’ being announced.
Troost views her first Luxperience event an overwhelming success from both a business and networking point of view.
“This event is a tribute to the travel industry, which simply could not survive without the conduit between supplier and customer. Events like these are vital to keep the travel experience personal.”
The sixth Luxperience event is planned for 17-20 September 2017.
“I’ve already circled these dates in my diary” laughs Grandi.