92% to use agents to book luxury trips in 2023
As per the analysis introduced at ILTM ASIA PACIFIC 2022 opening discussion board, the way forward for this area has big potential for luxury journey manufacturers world wide. “Many affluent individuals are looking to resume travelling in style with almost half planning to spend more on holidays than pre-Covid trips” it quotes. At the identical time, rich APAC travellers are additionally wanting to use the providers of a journey agent with 92% of these surveyed saying they are going to be utilizing them over the subsequent yr.
Launching devoted analysis in regards to the area entitled “Decoding the luxury travel consumer mindset”, Alison Gilmore portfolio director ILTM stated, “The pandemic has had a fundamental impact on traveller behaviour with some trends accelerating, some slowing down and others stabilising. The research surveyed almost 500 validated wealthy APAC travellers from 6 countries, a reliable barometer of luxury sentiment and habits in 2022”.
ILTM Asia Pacific happened in Singapore final week from 5 – 8 September 2022, with 800 attendees returning to take part in the APAC luxury journey occasion. Business, networking, schooling and events purchased the neighborhood collectively over 3 days and the trade welcomed the return of the present. Buyers united in their eagerness to do enterprise, to be taught what’s new and to replace themselves for his or her purchasers now that the area is again to travelling once more.
Ming Tanaporn Owner, World Travel Designer (WTD) Thailand was happy to be again. “I first attended in 2019, and it’s nice to be back again. It’s great to have an update of all the new properties that have opened over the past 2 years and to learn about those opening in the future. I loved seeing the Safari products and Rwanda especially was very interesting. We are expanding our business for clients into safaris so I was able to learn a lot. Our high-net-worth clients are now booking for next year and Europe is also one of their choices.”
The present ground noticed many new hosted consumers from throughout the area in addition to new exhibitors all keen to get again to enterprise. Brent Wallace of SmartFlyer Australia spoke of the power on the occasion. “It’s been wonderful – this present has packed a punch. I’ve not stopped and have seen so many individuals I didn’t anticipate to. The power is wonderful and I’ve acquired a lot out of it.”
Victoria Sertic, vp advertising and communications for ACCOR in SE Asia, Japan and South Korea who had been one of many exhibitors at ILTM APAC stated “We were delighted to witness the return of ILTM Singapore after a two-year hiatus. It was invaluable to meet with key partners across our incredible industry to talk luxury travel – a sector which is roaring back to life. Accor is proud to be rapidly expanding its luxury network under renowned brands such as Raffles, Sofitel, Fairmont and Emblems. We look forward to introducing many more flagship addresses across this incredible region.”
Asia Jovanvic-Desir director APAC, Australia and India Seychelles Tourism Board talked about why the occasion is necessary for them. “ILTM Asia Pacific is a prime opportunity for us and really cost effective. I’ve seen over 30 agents in the short time we are here and had some 60 meetings overall. I managed to update a lot of Australian buyers which helps my business, as I have saved the cost of travelling there right now. Meeting the media was also very important as we don’t know them individually, so for us to see journalists from Asia Pacific region and beyond with speed networking meetings, meant we could spread the word about the Seychelles. I can rate this whole experience as mission accomplished”.
David Miro of the Catalan Tourist Board Asia Pacific agreed. “This has been great. Getting back to face to face and learning from the buyers again has been wonderful. It’s great to hear that the buyers want and need this event – so important to us as a tourist board here in the region”.
Steve Odell, SVP managing director Oceania Cruises, summed up their participation this yr. “We’ve supported ILTM Asia Pacific since the start. There’s a lot of new travel advisors around now and it’s important for us to get our product and brand out there. So ILTM is the key trade show for us in Asia”.