What’s new at Luxperience 2018
Along with the new venue this year, ICC Sydney, Luxperience has over 40 per cent new exhibitors ranging from indigenous experiences and eco lodges to exclusive yacht charters and high-end hotels and resorts.
There is a strong presence of new exhibitors from Europe, especially products and properties from France, Greece and Italy: popular destinations for the Australasian market.
The trend for travellers wishing to experience the unusual, less-travelled and authentic is obvious at Luxperience this year as destinations such as Ecuador, Cuba, Peru, Mexico, Galapagos, Myanmar and Rwanda will be exhibiting. Sri Lanka has increased its presence at the event and the Korea Tourism Organisation will attend for the first time.
It will be the inaugural attendance for the Rwanda Development Board, which is showcasing several of its best operators during Luxperience.
‘We are privileged to be attending Luxperience 2018, for the first time, a show that is congregating the crème de la crème of travel professionals in the Tourism Industry globally. It is an opportune moment for us to introduce and showcase Rwanda to the Australian market,” said Rwanda Development Board’s Chief Tourism Officer, Ms Belise Kariza. “Rwanda is a safe destination that offers diverse, authentic and premium experiences in a sustainable way. We can only build the momentum and ensure that tourists from the Australia get to experience the hidden gem that is Rwanda.’
New products using the event as a launching pad include new resorts and hotels from Shinta Mani Wild, Cambodia and the InterContinental Danang Sun, Vietnam to Le Grand Hotel, Sri Lanka and the Henley Hotel, New Zealand. Several properties will be introducing buyers to their newly renovated hotels such as Wains Hotel, Dunedin, Trump International, New York and Millbrook Resort, Queenstown. Several companies are promoting their expanded experiential offerings such as Discover Aboriginal Experiences, Australian Wildlife Journeys and Journey Mexico. Cruising such as Australia’s True North and Setouchi Yacht Charter from Japan will be presenting their new itineraries and the Isabella II from Ecuador will highlight its extensive renovations. Wellness travel is still strong with the world-class holistic resort The Farm at San Benito, Philippines, making its first appearance at Luxperience. The Japan National Tourism Organization will be updating everyone on the impending 2019 Rugby World Cup and the Olympics 2020. There are also new exhibitors from New Zealand including Unique Stays & Experiences.
“I am very excited to be representing our exceptional range of product for the first time at Luxperience to a tremendous international audience,” said New Zealand based Unique Stays & Experiences’ Director, Ms Louise Frend. “We are fully cognisant of how important the Australian market is but we’re also welcoming the opportunity to meet with global partners at this great event to present our suite of luxury New Zealand accommodation and experiences.”
Luxperience is being held at the ICC Sydney 16-19 September 2018; connecting the world’s most exclusive travel providers dealing in luxury and experiential travel.