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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.

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.

American Express Travel experts have uncovered trends that will likely impact the state of luxury travel for the year based on qualitative, in-depth industry observations and internal data analysis.