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Connections Luxury

The Four Seasons, Hampshire, 29-30th September 2014

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Connections Meetings was an amazing experience at all levels, not only on a professional level with all the new ideas, contacts and experiences, but also on an individual level, you really come back enhanced and with more skills in many aspects.
Matthias Werner, Costa del Sol Tourist Board
A totally unique way of 2 days intense meetings making new connections in a far more lasting way than the usual desk to desk. We fully support this format and look forward to attend again - I have told many of my clients and peers at work about the format and my enthusiasm has made them all excited about Connections
Andre Van Der Bijl, Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts
Connections enabled me to discuss my clients' needs in a more relaxed format that I am used to. I found that some suppliers may not have understood to relevance of my clients and business to them via an email or even phone call. Talking one to one and having fun whilst doing it overcame that and I made some great contacts and hopefully can run some events in the destinations whose CVBs I met.
Martine Ainsworth-Wells, Ainsworth & Wells Consultancy / ETOA
Connections is fantastic, they think outside the box and showcase its mission to design meetings that will affect us in multidimensional ways. Alliteratively gain an educative experience – share the knowledge – build strong and long-lasting connections.
Kerri Howard, DC Advisory
"Professionally organised, each appointment was worthwhile and just enough time. Found the debates and group discussions very interesting, informative and placed at the right time to hold the level of engagement. Thoroughly enjoyed going off site for the dinner, excellent seafood. I highly recommend Connections."
Kelly Banner, Kempinski Hotels
"What a fantastic couple of days! I am sure you are all right now taking some well earned rest, but can I get in early to say how well run, well thought out, well picked and well managed the whole event was. A lovely cocktail of good fellow suppliers from around the world, suppliers who we could spend proper time with, and a lovely hotel to do it all in."
Alastair Poulain, Original Travel
"Thanks to you and every member of your immediate team and supporting partners for hosting such an unconventional and stimulating event. A team of warm, welcoming and dedicated professionals who never let the mask slip when the Atlantic winds blew a gale through well-laid plans!"  
Sean O'Hara, BBC World News & BBC.com
"It has been a phenomenal event that perfectly achieved all the goals set; well done to you and your great team. I had the chance to develop new high level relationship on one side and on the other one to enhance/strengthen some already undergoing."  
Stefano Bajona, Onirikos
"Would like to congratulate you and your team for this wonderful business event format that I am sure will continue to be very successful in the coming years as there is a need for it. It was definitely very productive!"
Marwa Rizk Jaber, U Group Worldwide
"I have attended so many travel fairs and events all over the world for many years and I have to say Connections is the best."
Frank Zheng , Luxe China Club
"New relationships created, quality debates with experts and the necessary time to get into detail - all in a memorable and fun environment - the best buyer/seller event I have ever attended!"
Dave Allen, Andara Travel
"Overall we found the event to be helpful for forging relationships in a creative manner but most of all, to be part of a momentous and landmark event that was the very first Connections. We felt it was important both professionally and also personally to be part of the starting collection of Luxury travel professionals present and we very much look forward to supporting you and being kept informed of future developments."
Namai Bishop, LuxePrivé
"Honored to be part of it! At last, in an ocean of appointment-based trade shows and endless slideshows, a new format emerges. We strongly feel that smaller scale events like Connections, offer us a greater opportunity to meet, get to know and above all REMEMBER the suppliers present. Great show!"
Marc Mekki, Platinum Private Journeys
"Thank you for a fantastic event. It was honestly the best I have ever attended – top quality buyers, amazing setting and the format worked perfectly. It was so good to have proper time to chat and bond with the clients, especially over such fun activities."
Anna Hayward, Dorchester Collection
"We liked the general concept of not being stuck in a conference room and having longer appointment so that you could engage with agents in a more relaxed environment. It also had a more intimate feel than some other shows which added to the sense of exclusivity.The quality of the speakers was good – particularly enjoyed Jason Atherton."
Silversea
"A huge thank you to you and your team for putting on such a superb event. I'm delighted to have been part of it. The majority of my one-to-one meetings were very worthwhile and I thought the speakers were engaging and relevant. The choice of venue and weather also helped in achieving some strong connections!"
Richard Bousfield, Rocco Forte Hotels
"The event was very useful, I fully enjoyed the two days at Four Seasons. Being in contact with right people in informal atmosphere is extremely important in our industry."
Maria Fatyushchenko, Moscow International Travel Service
"Connections- the new & cool way of meeting business leaders in tourism. The only true interpretation of business and pleasure."
Bettina Blase, more.PEP in Style
"After so many years in business, I have truly enjoyed the new meeting format, I have tried all options outdoor as well, the possibility to meet new business contacts and catch up with existing ones, in a truly relaxed way. The topics addressed by the high calibre international speakers you selected where an extraordinary highlight for me personally."
Cordula Junius, Occident Orient Connection
"A phenomenal eveny hosted by experienced and enthusiastic professionals. Well done! It was an honour to be included and hope to be invited again next year."
Andrew Newman, Scotia Inspire
"An interesting & stimulating out of the box trade show - it worked!!"
Michael Holtz, SmartFlyer
"Probably the most relaxed, inspirational and exceptional travel gathering to date!"
Boris Yu, Über
"Many thanks for the warm and enthusiastic welcome. Very professional, but never 'fake'. Top and personal!"
Wiet Proesmans, Atlas Reizen
"Well organized and professional event. The event team should all be complimented. Connections is a quality event with a smaller group of senior representatives networking in a more intimate setting. It allows time for serious buyers and sellers to properly discuss business opportunities during the longer face to face meetings and to build stronger relationships at social functions organized around the event."
Michael Merrithew, Merit Travel Group
"A wonderful inaugural event. I'm very motivated to attend future events, especially in the Middle East"
Roger Kershaw, Roger Kershaw Custom Travel
Connections Meetings is a wonderful concept that takes into account that we are in a peoples business and the business is done between people not companies.
Hector A. Venegas, SwarmWorks Ltd.

How do we do it

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 protected]

Connections

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:

  • Conventional: Hold your one-to-one meeting at your exclusive branded table
  • Genteel: Enjoy a manicure while meeting at your exclusive branded table
  • Relaxed: Stroll around the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire’s 500 acres of lush parkland, or go fishing
  • Inspirational: Watch falcons skydiving and gain an insight into a field sport that is both graceful and exciting
  • Thrilling: Accelerate your business while experiencing the thrill of being in a supercar

Agenda

Date & Time Description Activity
Sunday 28 September
8.00 – 22.00 VIP transfers – check in – Spa Access Free time – Spa optional
18.00 – 22.00 Cocktail reception by Lingua Communications Informal networking reception
20.00 – onwards Informal dinner Informal dinner
Monday 29 September
6.45 -7.55 Spa /Run/ mountain bike/tennis orSpinning class (6.45-7.35) and breakfast (from 7.00) Free time – optional activitiesand breakfast
8.00- 9.20 Opening welcome with Micaela Giacobbe director of events Opening with refreshments and networking
9.30 – 10.20 Connections meeting 1 One-to-one Meeting
10.30 – 11.20 Connections meeting 2 One-to-one Meeting
11.30 – 12.20 Connections meeting 3 One-to-one Meeting
12.30 – 14.20 Networking lunch with Ken Segall former creative director of Apple sponsored by The Telegraph Lunch, keynote and networking
14.30 – 15.20 Connections meeting 4 One-to-one Meeting
15.30 – 16.20 Connections meeting 5 One-to-one Meeting
16.30 – 17.20 Connections meeting 6 One-to-one Meeting
17.30 – 17.50 The Future Generation with Ewan MacLeodentrepreneur and leading mobile technology expert Activity experience
18.00 – 19.00 Delegates “free time” Free time
19.00 – 19.50 Cocktail mixologist by JEANRICHARD Activity experience
20.00 – 22.00 Dinner with live entertainment sponsored by Qatar andwine by Etihad Airways Dinner and networking
Tuesday 30 September
6.45 -7.55 Spa /Run/ mountain bike/tennis orSpinning class (6.45 -7.35)and breakfast (from 7.00) Free time – optional activities and breakfast
8.00- 8.50 Opening day 2 with networking and experiences by Accord group Opening with refreshments and networking
9.00 – 9.50 Connections meeting 7 One-to-one Meeting
10.00 – 10.50 Connections meeting 8 One-to-one Meeting
11.00 – 11.50 Connections meeting 9 One-to-one Meeting
12.00 – 13.35 Networking BBQ lunch with Michelin starred chef Jason Atherton sponsored by Aspire  Lunch, keynote and networking
13.45-14.35 Connections meeting 10 One-to-one Meeting
14.45 – 15.35 Connections meeting 11 One-to-one Meeting
16.45 – 17.00 Connections meeting 12 One-to-one Meeting
17.00 – 18.00 Closing remarks
17:30 – 18:00 Activity experiences  Networking and experiences
18.00 – onwards Spa, departures and VIP transfers Free time

Connections meetings lasted for up to one hour. Delegates were able to choose to hold their one-to-one meetings either at the table, or select, one of the following activities to share with their counterpart: walk the parkland, hand massage/manicure, fishing, falconry sponsored by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, or experience the latest supercar sponsored by Season Car Hire. If the meeting concluded early, delegates were able to take advantage of healthy refreshments and networking opportunities.

Speakers

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:

Suppliers

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 involved 64 leading high-end suppliers and buyers from key and growing luxury travel markets across the globe.

Connections Luxury has places for just 34 of the world’s most prestigious luxury supplier brands with impressive high-end credentials. Connections welcomed international hotel chains, airlines, private jet and private yacht charter companies and cruise lines – all coming together for two stimulating days. The event, was held in the luxurious surroundings of the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire, UK, offering an innovative, focused and fruitful platform for luxury senior executives to build powerful and personal relationships in business.

Suppliers – What’s In It For You?

Get Connected

Connections Luxury connects 64 leading top-end suppliers and buyers over two days. The full agenda included your one-to-one meetings, dedicated invaluable networking breaks around breakfast and lunch as well as a prestigious Connections dinner with evening entertainment. Wi-Fi, all activities, healthy food and refreshments were all included.

Get Inspired

During the two days, delegates were surrounded by leaders from in and outside the travel industry who provided their ideas, insights and trends to help develop business. They took part in some memorable experiences that helped forge long-lasting business relationships.

Get Return on your Investment

By participating in Connections Luxury delegates were interviewed and willl feature in an online TV interview, contribute to an exclusive book available to the world’s travel industry – published on Amazon, and become a founding member of Connections Worldwide. You will earn a place on our Guest List and receive invitations year-round to our exclusive and invitation-only quarterly Connections Leaders Dinners and monthly Travel Weekly Business Breakfast, and will join the exclusive group Luxury business community within Connecting Travel.

Buyers

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 handpicked 34 international buyers from key and growing luxury travel markets across the globe – Who came together to meet just 34 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.

Buyers – What’s In It For You?

  • They were fully hosted
  • Two nights’ accommodation at the Four Seasons Hotel, Hampshire, UK
  • VIP transfers from London airports
  • 12 one-to-one meetings – with a bespoke diary based on selected preferences
  • Attended the prestigious networking Connections dinner with live music entertainment
  • Inspirational keynote addresses during networking breakfasts and lunches
  • Stimulating bonding experiences within a relaxed and exclusive environment
  • Full access to the hotel’s spa facilities

Sponsors

The inaugural Connections Luxury were delighted to welcome the following sponsors:

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Supporters

Connections Luxury was delighted to welcome the following companies supporting the event series:

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Contact Us

micaela

Micaela Giacobbe

Founder and director of commercial events

Founder and director of commercial events for Connections, spearheading the launch of the next generation of events.

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7881 4848
Mobile: +44 (0)7852 557661
Email: [email protected]

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Evangeline

Evangeline Estrella

Operations Manager

Operations Manager for Connections, supporting the launch of the next generation of events.

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7881 4885
Mobile: +44 (0)7971 660 984
Email: [email protected]

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David Benitez

David Benitez

Head of Business Development – Meetings

Head of Business Development for Connections, supporting the launch of the next generation of events.

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7881 4836
Mobile: +44 (0)7453 576041
Email: [email protected]

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Greg Reeves

Head of Business Development – Luxury and Wellness

Head of Business Development for Connections, supporting the launch of the next generation of events.

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7881 4836
Mobile: +44 (0)7814 229681
Email: [email protected]

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Alejandro Roca

Event Executive

Event Executive at Travel Weekly Group for Connections, supporting the launch of the next generation of events.

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7881 4889
Mobile: +44 (0)7783 993688
Email: [email protected]

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Oliver Cripps

Sales Executive

Sales Executive at Travel Weekly Group for Connections, supporting the launch of the next generation of events.

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7881 4883
Mobile: +44 (0)7717 527850
Email: [email protected]

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Anna Górska

Buyer Marketing Manager – Meetings

Buyer Marketing Manager – Meetings at Travel Weekly Group for Connections, supporting the launch of the next generation of events.

Mobile: +48 664 411 429
Email: [email protected]

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