PTMs star in Cannes at International Luxury Travel Mart

PTMs star in Cannes  at International Luxury Travel Mart
Edited by Travel Weekly

    Personal travel managers (PTMs) Carli Hester and Claire Crosby represented TravelManagers Australia in December last year at the International  Luxury Travel Mart (ITLM) event.

    ITLM was a highlight event on the 2023 calendar and was held in a location synonymous with glamour and luxury: Cannes in the south of France.

    The experience provided the pair with an invaluable opportunity to forge connections with luxury-oriented suppliers and travel advisors from across the globe amidst an elegant whirlwind of caviar and champagne, cocktail parties and one-on-one meetings.

    For Crosby and Hester, who are based in Parkdale, VIC, and Armstrong Creek, VIC, respectively, it was their first time experiencing the incredible buzz of ILTM, Cannes-style.

    “I really didn’t know what to expect, but I was absolutely blown away by the scale and standard of the event,” Crosby, said.

    “The whole town was buzzing with ILTM attendees, and all roads led to the magnificent Palais des Festivals et des Congrès venue, which is better known as home to the Cannes Film Festival.”

    Arriving in Nice two nights before the conference, Crosby and Hester say they hit the ground running, touring Monaco, Monte Carlo and Antibes before launching into a packed ILTM schedule of trade shows, networking lunches and hosted dinners.

    “I really appreciated the opportunity to attend personal appointments with individual luxury suppliers,” Hester said.

    “Consumer demand for luxury travel is higher than ever, and it was great to see how much respect there is, at an international level, for our side of the business.”

    Crosby says she loved being able to meet with such a large number of key luxury suppliers at a single event while networking with other travel agents and business owners from around the world.

    “We also really enjoyed meeting representatives from Signature Travel Network and learning more about their products and offerings – it was great to see that the network is held in very high regard in the international luxury travel space.”

    At the conclusion of the conference, Crosby and Hester took up an invitation to join Windstar Cruises on their inaugural Winter in the Med itinerary from Cannes to Rome, which Hester describes as, “an amazing conclusion to an event that perfectly showcased the best in luxury travel around the world.”

    “The entire experience absolutely exceeded my expectations.

    “It filled me with irreplaceable product knowledge, I made some incredible contacts and gained even more confidence in promoting the luxury travel side of my business.”

    “I felt so fortunate and grateful to be offered this incredible opportunity through TravelManagers and the Signature Travel Network, and I will definitely go again if the chance arises.

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