About the Event

Connections Luxury is a “human-to-human” networking event for international leaders in luxury travel.

We bring together a carefully selected group of 80 decision makers to do business in an environment that leads to longer-lasting business relationships.

Alongside their one-on-one meetings, delegates take part in our educational programme – they discuss trends and challenges facing the market with their peers and enjoy inspirational talks from industry leaders, artisans and pioneers in the luxury realm.

Launched in 2014, with the first event in Hampshire, UK, Connections Luxury has taken place in Abu Dhabi, Argentina, Brazil, China, Italy (Sicily and Siena), Portugal and Thailand, with partners and sponsors including ATTA, PATTA, Traveller Made, Amadeus and The Telegraph.

Connections Luxury connects global luxury buyers with world-leading luxury travel suppliers.

When & Where

17 - 20

Málaga, Costa del Sol, Andalucía
Málaga, Costa del Sol, Andalucía

Agenda

Friday, 15th February

(Optional) Make it a weekend

Location: Gran Hotel Miramar Málaga

A welcomed mini break for you and a guest, discover Costa del Sol's charm at your own pace. Ahead of Connections Luxury, Gran Hotel Miramar invites our buyers to enjoy a personal weekend in the ancient Andalusian city of Málaga.

(By request only. Contact Inma Prieto (reservas.miramar@h-santos.es) for more information.)

Sunday, 17th February

VIP transfer, sponsored by Presstour Travel Design Luxury, from Málaga Airport to Gran Hotel Miramar

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Málaga Airport

Upon arrival, please look out for a Connections logo – your driver will be waiting for you. The 30-minute transfer gives you the opportunity to relax after your flight and take in the Spanish scenery.

Check in at Gran Hotel Miramar

Duration: All day

Location: Gran Hotel Miramar Málaga

The Gran Hotel Miramar is located in the center of Málaga and the heart of Costa del Sol, offering wonderful views of the sea that will make your stay in the city a unique experience.

Connections informal cocktail reception sponsored by Gran Hotel Miramar

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Media Luna Terrace

Settle back on the Media Luna’s rooftop open-air terrace with an expertly mixed cocktail or a glass of wine and enjoy dazzling sea views. It's the perfect place to watch the sun go down over Málaga Bay.

Connections dinner sponsored by Gran Hotel Miramar

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Location: Restaurante Mediterráneo

The ideal place to relax with our copious dinner buffet and different food stations which offer a large selection of international products. The restaurant has an indoor and an outdoor area from where you can enjoy wonderful views of the pool and the sea.

Monday, 18th February

Connections breakfast

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Location: Mediterráneo Restaurant, Gran Hotel Miramar Málaga

The ideal place to relax in the morning with our copious breakfast buffet and different food stations which offer a large selection of international products. The restaurant has an indoor and an outdoor area from where you can enjoy wonderful views of the pool and the sea.

Opening welcome

Duration: 1 hour

Meet at the supplier's table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Gran Hotel Miramar Málaga

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for tabletop introductory meetings. Instead of sitting in a conventional one-on-one meeting, we encourage you to try an activity together for 10-15 minutes as an icebreaker and then return to your assigned table to discuss further business opportunities. Choose from the following Connections Experiences taking place at Gran Hotel Miramar Málaga: Andalucia flamenco workshop, Bike riding, Buñuelo making and degustation, Hand & neck massage, Michelin star tapas workshop and more!

Meet at the supplier's table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Gran Hotel Miramar Málaga

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for tabletop introductory meetings. Instead of sitting in a conventional one-on-one meeting, we encourage you to try an activity together for 10-15 minutes as an icebreaker and then return to your assigned table to discuss further business opportunities. Choose from the following Connections Experiences taking place at Gran Hotel Miramar Málaga: Andalucia flamenco workshop, Bike riding, Buñuelo making and degustation, Hand & neck massage, Michelin star tapas workshop and more!

Free time - your opportunity to catch up with emails and calls back in the office

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Gran Hotel Miramar Málaga

Free time - your opportunity to catch up with emails and calls back in the office

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for tabletop introductory meetings. Instead of sitting in a conventional one-on-one meeting, we encourage you to try an activity together for 10-15 minutes as an icebreaker and then return to your assigned table to discuss further business opportunities. Choose from the following Connections Experiences taking place at Gran Hotel Miramar Málaga: Andalucia flamenco workshop, Bike riding, Buñuelo making and degustation, Hand & neck massage, Michelin star tapas workshop and more!

ConnecTalk with Phil González, Instagramers Network Founder

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Gran Hotel Miramar Málaga

In 2011, as a hobbyist, Philippe started a blog called www.Instagramers.com and then founded the Instagramers Network, the most important Instagram fans’ association in the world. Instagramers or IGers are a congregation of millions of members in more than 60 countries. In 2014, Philippe inaugurated the very first Instagramers Gallery at Fundación Telefonica, Madrid, a place where mobile photography is considered as a new form of social art. Conference speaker, Instagram Specialist, Social Media Specialist and Writer.

He recently published a book called "Pásate al modo avión" (Anaya) about Impact of Digital in our lifetime and Mindfulness Executive.

He is Consultant and Brand Ambassador for AC Hotels by Marriott for Europe

Connections lunch sponsored by Gran Hotel Miramar

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Botánico Pool Bar & Restaurant, Gran Hotel Miramar Málaga

Enjoy a delicious Mediterranean lunch in the Costa del Sol sunshine.This is a further opportunity to network with more delegates whilst enjoying a variety of fresh fish, meat dishes and paella.

Meet at the supplier's table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Gran Hotel Miramar Málaga

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for tabletop introductory meetings. Instead of sitting in a conventional one-on-one meeting, we encourage you to try an activity together for 10-15 minutes as an icebreaker and then return to your assigned table to discuss further business opportunities. Choose from the following Connections Experiences taking place at Gran Hotel Miramar Málaga: Andalucia flamenco workshop, Bike riding, Buñuelo making and degustation, Hand & neck massage, Michelin star tapas workshop and more!

Meet at the supplier's table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Gran Hotel Miramar Málaga

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for tabletop introductory meetings. Instead of sitting in a conventional one-on-one meeting, we encourage you to try an activity together for 10-15 minutes as an icebreaker and then return to your assigned table to discuss further business opportunities. Choose from the following Connections Experiences taking place at Gran Hotel Miramar Málaga: Andalucia flamenco workshop, Bike riding, Buñuelo making and degustation, Hand & neck massage, Michelin star tapas workshop and more!

Free time - your opportunity to catch up with emails and calls back in the office

Duration: 30 minutes

Meet at the supplier's table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for tabletop introductory meetings. Instead of sitting in a conventional one-on-one meeting, we encourage you to try an activity together for 10-15 minutes as an icebreaker and then return to your assigned table to discuss further business opportunities. Choose from the following Connections Experiences taking place at Gran Hotel Miramar Málaga: Andalucia flamenco workshop, Bike riding, Buñuelo making and degustation, Hand & neck massage, Michelin star tapas workshop and more!

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for tabletop introductory meetings. Instead of sitting in a conventional one-on-one meeting, we encourage you to try an activity together for 10-15 minutes as an icebreaker and then return to your assigned table to discuss further business opportunities. Choose from the following Connections Experiences taking place at Gran Hotel Miramar Málaga: Andalucia flamenco workshop, Bike riding, Buñuelo making and degustation, Hand & neck massage, Michelin star tapas workshop and more!

Meet at the supplier's table and choose a Connections Experiences

Duration: 45 minutes

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for tabletop introductory meetings. Instead of sitting in a conventional one-on-one meeting, we encourage you to try an activity together for 10-15 minutes as an icebreaker and then return to your assigned table to discuss further business opportunities. Choose from the following Connections Experiences taking place at Gran Hotel Miramar Málaga: Andalucia flamenco workshop, Bike riding, Buñuelo making and degustation, Hand & neck massage, Michelin star tapas workshop and more!

Free time

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Location: Gran Hotel Miramar Málaga

Transfer, sponsored by Presstour Travel Design Luxury, to Connections dinner

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Meet at the lobby

Connections dinner at El Merendero de Antonio Martín

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Transfer, sponsored by Presstour Travel Design Luxury, to Gran Hotel Miramar

Duration: 30 minutes

Tuesday, 19th February

Connections breakfast

Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes

Location: Mediterráneo Restaurant, Gran Hotel Miramar Málaga

The ideal place to relax in the morning with our copious breakfast buffet and different food stations which offer a large selection of international products. The restaurant has an indoor and an outdoor area from where you can enjoy wonderful views of the pool and the sea.

Transfer meeting, sponsored by Presstour Travel Design Luxury, to Villa Padierna Hotels & Resorts

Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Location: Lobby, Gran Hotel Miramar Málaga

"Digital Disruptors Within Luxury Travel" ConnecTalk and Connections Group Discussions with Fflur Roberts of Euromonitor International

Duration: 1 hour

We will be joined by Fflur Roberts from Euromonitor International, the world’s leading provider for global business intelligence and strategic market analysis. Fflur will be sharing some of their latest research about the global luxury market in her ConnecTalk: “Digital Disruptors Within Luxury Travel”, with some advice for how luxury travel brands can adapt to achieve long-term success.

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for tabletop introductory meetings. Instead of sitting in a conventional one-on-one meeting, we encourage you to try an activity together for 10-15 minutes as an icebreaker and then return to your assigned table to discuss further business opportunities. Choose from the following Connections Experiences: wine tasting, olive oil tasting, sangria making and more!

Meet at the supplier's table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for tabletop introductory meetings. Instead of sitting in a conventional one-on-one meeting, we encourage you to try an activity together for 10-15 minutes as an icebreaker and then return to your assigned table to discuss further business opportunities. Choose from the following Connections Experiences: wine tasting, olive oil tasting, sangria making and more!

Free time - your opportunity to catch up with emails and calls back in the office

Duration: 30 minutes

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for tabletop introductory meetings. Instead of sitting in a conventional one-on-one meeting, we encourage you to try an activity together for 10-15 minutes as an icebreaker and then return to your assigned table to discuss further business opportunities. Choose from the following Connections Experiences: wine tasting, olive oil tasting, sangria making and more!

Meet at the supplier's table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for tabletop introductory meetings. Instead of sitting in a conventional one-on-one meeting, we encourage you to try an activity together for 10-15 minutes as an icebreaker and then return to your assigned table to discuss further business opportunities. Choose from the following Connections Experiences: wine tasting, olive oil tasting, sangria making and more!

Meet at the supplier's table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for tabletop introductory meetings. Instead of sitting in a conventional one-on-one meeting, we encourage you to try an activity together for 10-15 minutes as an icebreaker and then return to your assigned table to discuss further business opportunities. Choose from the following Connections Experiences: Andalucia flamenco workshop, Bike riding, Buñuelo making and degustation, Hand & neck massage, Michelin star tapas workshop and more!

Connections Lunch sponsored by Villa Padierna Hotels & Resorts

Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Enjoy a delicious Mediterranean lunch in the Costa del Sol sunshine.This is a further opportunity to network with more delegates whilst enjoying a variety of fresh fish, meat dishes and paella.

Meet at the supplier's table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for tabletop introductory meetings. Instead of sitting in a conventional one-on-one meeting, we encourage you to try an activity together for 10-15 minutes as an icebreaker and then return to your assigned table to discuss further business opportunities. Choose from the following Connections Experiences: wine tasting, olive oil tasting, sangria making and more!

Meet at the supplier's table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for tabletop introductory meetings. Instead of sitting in a conventional one-on-one meeting, we encourage you to try an activity together for 10-15 minutes as an icebreaker and then return to your assigned table to discuss further business opportunities. Choose from the following Connections Experiences: wine tasting, olive oil tasting, sangria making and more!

Meet at the supplier's table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for tabletop introductory meetings. Instead of sitting in a conventional one-on-one meeting, we encourage you to try an activity together for 10-15 minutes as an icebreaker and then return to your assigned table to discuss further business opportunities. Choose from the following Connections Experiences: wine tasting, olive oil tasting, sangria making and more!

Free time - your opportunity to catch up with emails and calls back in the office

Duration: 30 minutes

Meet at the supplier's table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for tabletop introductory meetings. Instead of sitting in a conventional one-on-one meeting, we encourage you to try an activity together for 10-15 minutes as an icebreaker and then return to your assigned table to discuss further business opportunities. Choose from the following Connections Experiences: wine tasting, olive oil tasting, sangria making and more!

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for tabletop introductory meetings. Instead of sitting in a conventional one-on-one meeting, we encourage you to try an activity together for 10-15 minutes as an icebreaker and then return to your assigned table to discuss further business opportunities. Choose from the following Connections Experiences: wine tasting, olive oil tasting, sangria making and more!

Transfer, sponsored by Presstour Travel Design Luxury, to Gran Hotel Miramar

Duration: 1 hour

Free time

Duration: 1 hour

Transfer, sponsored by Presstour Travel Design Luxury, to Connections dinner

Duration: 30 minutes

Connections closing dinner sponsored by Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes

Enjoy a delicious meal in the heart of Málaga to close Connections Luxury 2019.

Transfer, sponsored by Presstour Travel Design Luxury, to Gran Hotel Miramar

Duration: 30 minutes

Wednesday, 20th February

VIP transfer, sponsored by Presstour Travel Design Luxury, from Gran Hotel Miramar to Málaga Airport

Duration: All day

Your driver will be waiting for you at your scheduled time in the hotel lobby.

Buyers' Breakfast

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Location: Gran Hotel Miramar Málaga

We will be hosting a leisurely breakfast meet up from 8-9.30am. This will be a final opportunity to connect with your fellow buyers before departure.

(Optional) Post-Event Marbella or Cádiz FAM Trips

Location: Marbella OR Cádiz

Check out of Gran Hotel Miramar, Málaga

Location: Gran Hotel Miramar, Málaga

VIP transfers for all attendees to Malaga airport

Video Interviews

Dress code

The Connections way works best when you embrace the experiences on offer. During the day we would advise that all delegates dress in comfortable/casual attire.

Suits and ties are not required

We all like you to look your best, but with our programme being active, suits may not work!

Think carefully about heels

Heels can be a problem if you want to join some of the activities on offer, so if you’re going to wear heels, consider bringing some flats too so you don’t miss out.

Weather

The average temperature in Málaga is likely to be 28°C, but please do check the weather before packing your suitcase.

We do advise that all delegates take their own necessities, which may include, medical supplies, etc.

Connections Experiences

Connections is dedicated to creating the best possible environment to help our buyers and suppliers create deep, lasting business relationships with each other.

We put a significant amount of thought into the planning of the schedule to ensure ample time to meet as many people as possible.

Even our lunches, dinners and transfers are geared toward relationship forming opportunities. Connections experiences are intended to act as replacements for tabletop introductory meetings. Instead of sitting in a conventional one to one meeting, we encourage you to try an activity together for 10 – 15 minutes as an icebreaker and then return to your assigned table to discuss further business opportunities.

Here is a list of activities, to give you an idea of what to expect:

Beach massage
Cricket
Flamenco (sevillanas) dancing
Gazpacho making
Golf
Graffiti painting
Hand & head massage
Horse carriage rides
Hotel tours
Ice cream tasting
Jamon cutting
Michelin star tapas workshop
Mind games
Mocktail making/healthy juice making
Olive oil tasting
Paella making
Painting experience
Reforestation
Sangria challenge
Wine tasting
Xurros
Yoga

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