Press Conference Highlights
Saturday 15 Sep 2018
Yesterday over 40 local and international travel media attended the annual media conference at Luxperience. The interactive conference gave the media the opportunity to hear from – and asks questions of – each presenter. The conference was a curated synopsis of the larger exhibition, each sharing their latest developments and expertise about their region.
After welcoming the media, Michelle Papas, Luxperience Event Director, handed control of the media conference to Georgie Cooke, an experience journalist from Fairfax Media.
For the first time a panel of leading travel buyers was included in the conference. The panel, consisting of Jeanine French, SmartFlyer Australia; Dane Steele Green, Steele Luxury Travel, USA, and Austin Shen, D-Lux, China, had a fascinating discussion about the luxury travel trends and expectations from a traveller’s perspective.
Noelene Henderson introduced the media to the Bensley Collection’s newest addition, Shinta Mani Wild in Cambodia. Surrounded by National Parks, the exclusive private nature sanctuary will open in November this year.
Asia Leisure Hotels and Resorts’ CEO Reyhan Morris showcased the group’s newest hotel, the recently opened Le Grand, Galle situated next door to the famous Galle Fort. Reyhan spoke about the delightful experiences travellers can enjoy in one of the world’s trending destinations, Sri Lanka.
Another trending destination, Rwanda, also featured at the conference. It is the first time a delegation from this region has exhibited at Luxperience. The Rwanda Development Board enlightened the media on the life-affirming experiences on offer, including the amazing Mountain Gorilla safaris, and how the tourism infrastructure is of the highest standard.
Rose Ha from InterContinental Vietnam spoke of the luxury travel scene in Vietnam and how elite resorts are contributing to the luxury experience in this popular destination. She also highlighted the recently opened Bai Bac Bay Villa at the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort.
Sally Miles from the Japan National Tourism Organization educated the audience about the prestigious sporting events happening in Japan in coming years. Japan is hosting the hotly contested Rugby World Cup in 2019 and the Olympics in 2020.
Australia’s doyenne of luxury travel, Penny Rafferty was the final speaker at the media conference. Penny spoke on behalf of Tourism Australia about how the entity is investing in the elite echelon of Australian tourism, offering truly unique Australian experiences and locations. Luxury and experiential tourism is growing globally and Australia is in a strong position to capitalise on this growth.