Luxury Travel Market Arrives in Cannes, France

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Starting tomorrow, Cannes lights up the grand stage for the International Luxury Travel Market 2009 (ILTM), the leading event for the global luxury travel community. The top luxury travel professionals descend on the Côte d’Azur capital for a week filled with showcases, exhibitions and the ultimate networking opportunities.

The exclusive International Luxury Travel Market brings together over 3,600 suppliers and personally invited professional buyers for the sought-after business-to-business event in the industry. Accommodations, transportation and unique travel experiences in the world’s most desirable destinations are showcased in pre-scheduled appointments, networking sessions and in prime exhibitions.

The ILTM kicks off this evening with the ILTM Ultratravel Forum and ILTM Ultra.Travel Awards. The Forum will tackle the two biggest issues impacting this year’s forum: Keeping Luxury Relevant and The Future of Luxury Travel. The Forum brings together some of the biggest names in the world of luxury travel including: Nancy Novogrod, Editor-in-Chief of Travel+Leisure; Katie Taylor, President and COO of Four Seasons; Sonu Shivdasani, Founder and CEO of Six Senses; Andrés Ergas, President of Nomads of the Seas; Melissa Biggs Bradley, Founder & CEO of Indagare Travel, and Paul Jones, President of One&Only Resorts, among many other boldface names for luxury travel.

The Ultra.Travel Awards recognize the best and most memorable luxury travel experiences from around the world. Keynote speaker Apollo 11 astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin will present the five awards. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Moon Landing, Dr. Aldrin will share his experiences in space travel and how consumer space travel is becoming a reality.

Throughout the week at the International Luxury Travel Forum, buyers and exhibitors will enjoy a packed schedule of scheduled appointments, speed networking, focus forums, business networking opportunities and well-appointed social events for dinners, lunches and cocktail parties in Cannes finest venues.



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