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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.

Australia’s premium home and lifestyle brand, Sheridan, has teamed up with Qantas to offer travellers on the airline’s Airbus A380 first class suites, enhanced comfort.

On September 17 – 20, Four Seasons Private Jet gave travellers the opportunity to visit Budapest in style. Guests spent three nights at Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest, alongside ground transportation, planned excursions, all meals and beverages throughout the trip with the Four Seasons Private Jet Experience.

According to the findings of Bain & Company's Bain Luxury Study 2017 Spring Update, the global personal luxury market is expected to grow two to four percent this year, due to a firm Chinese purchasing rebound, among other factors.

Abercrombie & Kent (A&K) has recently published its 2018 preview brochure devoted to select luxury small group journeys featuring seasonal pricing for the most-requested destinations.