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Since 2011, ILTM Latin America has been sanctioning the value of outbound luxury travel business from the continent and now confirms its pivotal role in delivering high net worth Latin American travellers to the world with this year’s event in Sao Paulo, May 05 - 08.

Marriott International announced it is projecting to open more than 30 luxury properties this year as the company focuses on creating the future of high-end travel through its portfolio of distinct luxury brands.

Hyatt and Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) announced the ongoing expansion of their existing loyalty alliance, celebrating a milestone of over 300 participating SLH hotels around the world for World of Hyatt members to earn and redeem points and enjoy on-property benefits.

Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced that more than 20 new luxury hotels and resorts are expected to open worldwide by the end of 2020, boosting Hyatt’s luxury portfolio.

Marriott International announced strong growth of its Asia Pacific luxury portfolio with 13 new luxury properties projected to open this year, offering a wide range of transformative experiences designed to capture the modern luxury traveller.

One of the leading regional event for the luxury travel industry, ILTM Latin America 2019 will this year welcome more of the most productive agents from Brazil and Latin America than even before, including many new faces.

The world of luxury special events and weddings is witnessing a dramatic shift in demand and preferences globally.

With the emerging markets, clients are exploring the world for their milestone celebrations. The key trends that continues to influence luxury clients is the focus on the experiential and personalisation.

Experts in the luxury special events industry from more than 40 countries gathered in Lake Como, Italy from October 29 – 31, for the Planners Xtraordinaire Show to highlight the latest trends in the world of luxury special events.

Brought to you by the makers of the Destination Wedding Planners Congress which is recognised as the world’s strongest business platform for destination wedding planners, the 2nd Annual Planners Xtraordinaire Show provided an unparalleled opportunity to do business in the lap of luxury.

An exclusive closed-door by-invitation only business platform that took place at the Sheraton Lake Como Hotel, the Planners Xtraordinaire Show was a celebration of luxury special events that brought together the leading connoisseurs along with some of the top suppliers of the luxury special events industry.

With the focus of the event being on a niche market, the speakers at the conference touched upon topics relevant to planners and suppliers catering to the elite. Wellness & authenticity, digitisation, personalisation, and spending patterns of luxury clients were some of the subjects that were a part of the comprehensive conference agenda.

Based on the views of the attendees, it was concluded that Russia, China and UAE are the major markets that are showing a significant growth in the luxury sector.

Due to the exclusive format that included conferences, 1-1 business meetings and ample networking opportunities, the Planners Xtraordinaire Show was successful in giving an insight into the luxury special events sector. Moving from luxury events, QNA International, the organisers of the PX Show are now gearing up to bring leaders from the destination wedding industry to share their experiences and source global suppliers at the upcoming 6th Annual Destination Wedding Planners Congress.

Dubai won the bid to host the 6th Annual Destination Wedding Planners Congress. With the destination partner Dubai Tourism and hotel partner Atlantis, The Palm the DWP Congress will bring together the top wedding connoisseurs and service providers from over 70 countries in March 2019.

One of the leading global networks for bespoke and experiential travel, Virtuoso, is planning to bring around 500 of the most influential decision makers in the luxury travel industry to Australia in 2019.

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) invited leading travel agents from around the world to experience some of the best Thailand has to offer when it comes to luxury travel. Amazing Thailand Luxury Trade Meet & Fam Trip 2018 took place in late April and early May.

According to GlobalData, a data and analytics company, 400 million guests globally are expected to stay at luxury hotels by 2021 as luxury travel is increasingly becoming more appealing.