Feuding show organisers reach agreement

Feuding show organisers reach agreement
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Feuding organisers of two luxury travel shows – both due to take part on the same dates next September – have patched up their differences with the new Luxury Events and Travel Experiences (LETE) cancelled "for 2013 and into the future".

It will leave Luxperience, first held this year, as the sole luxury show in Sydney.

Luxperience chief executive Helen Logas and Rosemarie Sama, the former CEO, worked together on the debut show but fell out soon afterwards in clearly bitter circumstances but for reasons that remain unclear.

Sama then set up a direct rival, LETE, and planned to run the show on the same dates as Luxperience in September.

The deliberate clash left many luxury operators perplexed with two competing show on the same dates clearly unworkable.

Logas said: "We are both very pleased that we have been able to come to an amicable agreement between us. The agreement allows Luxperience to build on its success in 2012 and for both of us to focus on our respective futures."

Sama added: "While Sydney, Australia and the region is a large marketplace, I recognise that in reality there is probably room for only one luxury travel trade show. As I put a great deal of passion and effort into Luxperience 2012, I want to see it continue to succeed.

"I am therefore pleased that Helen and I have reached agreement which means I am cancelling LETE in 2013 and into the future."

But Sama will play no role in Luxperience as she wished "Helen and the team well in the future success of Luxperience".

Email the Travel Weekly team at traveldesk@travelweekly.com.au

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