Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 16-19 October 2016
Connections Luxury is the global, senior and exclusive b2b event providing hand-picked luxury travel buyers and suppliers memorable experiences that lead to long-lasting business relationships.
Each event welcomes just 80 delegates (30-40 top buyers, 30-40 selected luxury suppliers and sponsors).
Buyers are selected through extensive research and word of mouth recommendation together with existing partners and suppliers. They represent key and emerging luxury travel markets (including the US, Brazil etc) and reflect the region in which the event is located (for example, the inaugural event in Europe welcomed 50% of buyers from Europe and 50% from outside the region).
The suppliers are only the best companies in luxury travel around the globe who are invited to participate; these include airlines, hotels, private jet and yacht charters, cruise lines and destinations.
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At Connections we know who is who in the global travel arena. With your input, we match you with relevant buyers or suppliers, enabling you to forge valuable connections and share ideas through memorable experiences.
We connect executives through our network all year round.
Find out more about Connections and for further information, email: email@example.com
We believe that high-quality face-to-face meetings and networking opportunities are the most effective way of making and maintaining contacts, and doing business with new and existing partners.
Connections proposed delegates several new ways to hold their meetings, including:
Connections meetings can last for up to one hour; if the meeting concludes early, delegates can take advantage of the networking opportunities, experience activities and healthy refreshments.
Strictly ONE supplier senior executive to ONE buyer senior executive. Both suppliers and buyers have the opportunity to choose the way to conduct their meeting (subject to availability).
Through Connections, senior executives are able to gather precious intelligence and insight, triggering new ideas and know how, in order to shape their future strategic plans for their businesses.
With panel discussions, debate and extraordinary speakers comes learning, sharing of ideas and inspiration. Previous speakers include:
Connections Luxury is an invitation-only, all-inclusive two-day event providing top luxury travel buyers and suppliers with targeted one-to-one meetings, networking time and outstanding, memorable experiences. The event will involve 60 leading top-end suppliers and buyers from key and growing luxury travel markets across the globe.
Connections Luxury has places for just 30 of the world’s most prestigious luxury supplier brands with impressive high-end credentials. Connections will welcome international hotel chains, airlines, private jet and private yacht charter companies and cruise lines – all coming together for two stimulating days. The event, to be held in the luxurious surroundings of the Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro, Brazil offers an innovative, focused and fruitful platform for luxury senior executives to build powerful and personal relationships in business.
All participants who join this event will be treated equally, with an all-inclusive package to minimise additional costs and arrangements. Flights are not included.
Connections Luxury is an invitation-only, all-inclusive two-day event providing senior travel executives and suppliers with targeted one-to-one experiences, where networking takes place at every opportunity ensuring you have the chance to connect with everyone. With stimulating panel discussions, debate and extraordinary speakers comes learning, sharing of ideas and inspiration. The event will involve 60 leading suppliers and buyers from key and growing markets across the globe.
Connections Luxury handpicks 30 international buyers from key and growing luxury travel markets across the globe – Who come together to meet just 30 of the world’s most prestigious luxury brand suppliers with impressive high-end credentials. You must be director level or above of a travel company that regularly contracts outbound business that services high net worth customers.
Would you like to place your brand in front of the 60 handpicked, major players who are responsible for billions of revenue in the luxury market?
These include sponsoring:
Connections Networking breakfast and keynote speakers
Connections Networking lunch and keynote speakers
The prestigious Connections Networking dinner and keynote presentations
Connections TV interviews online for 30 weeks after the event
VIP luxury transfers
Director of commercial events
Founder and director of commercial events for Travel Weekly Group, spearheading the launch of the next generation of events.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7881 4848
Micaela Giacobbe is founder and director of commercial events for Travel Weekly Group, spearheading the launch of the next generation of events called Connections.
Prior to joining Travel Weekly Group Micaela was head of marketing & communications for World Travel Market (WTM), the flagship travel trade event of Reed Exhibitions with responsibility for marketing, e-marketing, public relations, events and promotions. WTM attendance figures increased by 10% in 2010, 5% in 2011 and 3% in 2012 as a result of the work Micaela and her team undertook. During 14 years at Reed Exhibitions, Micaela led the branding rationalisation across the Travel Group, created the marketing, communications and conferences strategy for the inaugural WTM Latin America event in 2013 as well as being responsible for seven WTM Vision conferences midyear around the world (London, Moscow, Beijing, Sao Paolo, Dubai, Milan and Mumbai). Micaela also developed and successfully launched Decision Makers TV, a video-based website profiling many of the travel industry’s most senior movers and shakers. With a marketing and public relations background spanning more than 15 years, Micaela’s combination of passion and determination, creative drive and strategic intelligence has propelled her through the ranks of notable blue chip companies such as Coca Cola, Olivetti, Reed Exhibitions and now Travel Weekly Group. A specialist in branding, identity and strategic corporate restructuring, Micaela has now added the development of new product ranges to her long list of talents that also includes speaking five languages and competing in triathlons.
Head of Business Development – Leisure
Head of Business Development at Travel Weekly Group for Connections, the next generation of events in the travel industry.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7881 4884
Peter Conway is the head of business development (leisure) at Travel Weekly Group for Connections, the next generation of events in the travel industry. Before joining Travel Weekly Group and the Connections team, Peter spent the previous six years working on International Luxury Travel Market, a global leading exhibition in the luxury travel sector. He navigated the buyer recruitment team not only through the global recession, but also a consequent period of huge expansion that saw the portfolio of events grow from one to seven. Spending this time unearthing and cultivating numerous contacts in the luxury travel agent community, he brings a wide knowledge of the industry that can drive the quality of Connections to the highest level.
Buyer Marketing Manager
Buyer Marketing Manager at Travel Weekly Group for Connections, supporting the launch of the next generation of events.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7881 4885
Buyer Marketing Manager at Travel Weekly Group for Connections, supporting the launch of the next generation of events. Prior to joining the Travel Weekly Group, Evangeline completed a one year placement as the e-marketing assistant for World Travel Market, the leading global event of the travel industry. During her time, Evangeline developed a wide knowledge in digital marketing, website management and social media.
Head of Business Development – Meetings
Head of Business Development for Connections, the next generation of events in the travel industry.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7881 4836
David Benitez is the co-founder of Content Cocktails and he is a very passionate individual on human interactions in a humane kind of way! He is very dedicated to support the different destinations to better adapt and to reach out to the Global Meetings Industry community in the most effective way. David is also an expert in connecting people to do business in the Travel and Meetings Industry market place.
David has recently joined forces with the Travel Weekly Group to help organise Connections Meetings- the first designed H2H (Human 2 Human) event in history. Connections is breaking the mould of the “usual” b2b workshops and conferences by actually applying designed programme methodology for suppliers and buyers to live out experiences that will create strong bonds for long lasting business relationships.
Prior to Connections Meetings, David launched successfully the award winning educational summits called “IBTM Talks” for Reed Travel Exhibitions, a series of tailor-made events that have provided insight to meeting planners and Suppliers in various regions across the world. Finally, David has experience in launching and project managing “Evento Days”, the Leading Meetings Industry Exhibition in Spain.
Sales Manager at Travel Weekly Group for Connections, supporting the launch of the next generation of events.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7881 4836
Sales Manager Travel Weekly Group for Connections, supporting the launch of the next generation of events. Prior to joining the Travel Weekly Group, Greg was the founder and individual responsible for building the Thump Clothing brand. Responsible for and managing a free lance team through marketing campaigns, product design, clothing line collections, launch party organisation, social media, web development, sales, inventory tracking, finance and forecasting & forming close links with retailers and brand ambassadors. Greg previously completed two years at Reed Exhibitions as the Sales Executive for the Leisure Travel Portfolio where he maintained and grew revenue with existing clients and prospect heavily for new business across four of the industry’s leading events. World Travel Market London, WTM Africa, WTM Latin America and Arabian Travel Market.
Events Coordinator at Travel Weekly Group for Connections, supporting the launch of the next generation of events.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7881 4889
Events Coordinator at Travel Weekly Group for Connections, supporting the launch of the next generation of events. Prior to joining the Travel Weekly Group, Alejandro completed a six month placement as the production assistant for Galician Radio Television Broadcasting Company (CRTVG). During his time, Alex developed a wide knowledge in marketing, event planning, video editing and more.