About the Event

The Connections Luxury series launched in 2014 at the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire. Since the launch Connections has been hosted in global destinations such as Asia, Europe and America with the support of notable brands which include Rocco Forte, Kempinski, Conrad and Taj to name a few. Luxury 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, China, India etc) and reflect the region in which the event is located (for example, the recent event in Europe welcomed 50% of buyers from Europe and 50% from outside the region). The luxury suppliers invited to participate are only the best companies in luxury travel around the globe; these include airlines, hotels, private jet and yacht charters, cruise lines and destinations.

When & Where

25 - 28

Siena
Siena

Agenda

Friday, 23rd February

Spouse programme

Optional and only by request through nadia@italy-my-way.com. Spouse programme supported by La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena, Curio Collection by Hilton and Italy my Way.

Sunday, 25th February

End of spouse programme

Spouse programme supported by La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena, Curio Collection by Hilton and Italy my Way.

Check In

Duration: All day

VIP transfers for all attendees from Florence airport to La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena, Curio Collection by Hilton sponsored by Italy Luxury Travel. Check-in starts at 14:00.

Connections welcome cocktail reception and dinner

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Banquet room

Sponsored by La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena, Curio Collection by Hilton

Monday, 26th February

Breakfast

Duration: 2 hours

Opening welcome

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Congress Centre

With Micaela Giacobbe of Connections and Antonio Ruano of La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena, Curio Collection by Hilton

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

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Duration: 45 minutes

Healthy break

Duration: 30 minutes

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 Group Discussions Overtourism: ‘How should our industry respond?’ at the Congress centre with Toby Nicol of World Travel Tourism Council

Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Location: Congress Centre

Connections lunch sponsored by La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena, Curio Collection by Hilton

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Banquet room

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

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Duration: 45 minutes

Healthy break

Duration: 30 minutes

Your opportunity to catch up with emails and calls back in the office

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

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Duration: 45 minutes

Free time

Duration: 1 hour

Transfer to Castel di Pugna sponsored by Italy Luxury Travel

Duration: 45 minutes

Connections dinner in Castel di Pugna supported by Italy my Way

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Transfer to La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena, Curio Collection by Hilton sponsored by Italy Luxury Travel

Duration: 30 minutes

Tuesday, 27th February

Breakfast

Duration: 2 hours

Connections briefing

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Duration: 45 minutes

Healthy break

Duration: 30 minutes

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

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

Duration: 45 minutes

ConnecTalk with Filippo Bartolotta, wine consultant

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Congress Centre

Transfer to Royal Golf La Bagnaia sponsored by Italy Luxury Travel

Duration: 15 minutes

Connections lunch sponsored by La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena, Curio Collection by Hilton

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Royal Golf La Bagnaia

Transfer to Congress centre sponsored by Italy Luxury Travel

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Duration: 45 minutes

Free time

Duration: 45 minutes

Your opportunity to catch up with emails and calls back in the office

Transfer to Accademia Musicale Chigiana sponsored by Italy Luxury Travel

Duration: 45 minutes

Music meeting experience

Duration: 1 hour

Special performance by Accademia Musicale Chigiana

Duration: 30 minutes

Walk to Connections closing dinner

Duration: 30 minutes

Connections cocktail reception sponsored by Grand Hotel Continental Siena – Starhotels Collezione

Duration: 45 minutes

Connections closing dinner sponsored by Grand Hotel Continental Siena – Starhotels Collezione

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Transfer to La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena, Curio Collection by Hilton sponsored by Italy Luxury Travel

Duration: 30 minutes

Wednesday, 28th February

Check out

VIP transfers for all attendees from La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena, Curio Collection by Hilton to Florence airport sponsored by Italy luxury travel. Check out is at 12:00.

Post-fam trip

Optional and only by request through nadia@italy-my-way.com. Supported by La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena, Curio Collection by Hilton and Italy my Way

Speakers

Antonio Ruano

Hotel Manager

Welcome to La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena, Curio Collection by Hilton, charmingly set in the rolling countryside of Tuscany. Once a medieval village, the resort preserves its history...

Toby Nicol

Communications director and advisor of World Travel Tourism Council

Toby Nicol from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) will be speaking on the topic. He will be interviewed by Hollie Rae-Brader, editor of Aspire magazine, as part of...

Castel di Pugna

Azienda Agricola Siena

Castel di Pugna, the Count’s Luigi Alberto Fumi Cambi Gado firm, is situated at three kilometers from the center of Siena, on a hill enjoying panoramic views of the Sienese...

Filippo Bartolotta

Independent Wine Consultant

Wine educator, speaker and professional sommelier who will share his expertise with us. It is going to be an unforgettable experience!

Chigiana

Fondazione Accademia Musicale

The Chigiana Academy is the most renowned powerhouse of talented musicians in the world: Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Metha, Salvatore Accardo and Uto Ughi are just a few of...

Grand Hotel Continental

"The only luxury 5-star hotel in the heart of Siena"

The Grand Hotel Continental in Siena is housed in a magnificent 17th-century palazzo that radiates elegance and charm. With its architectural magnificence, historic splendour and flawless service, every stay is...

Dress Code

The Connections way works best when you embrace the experiences on offer. We would like you to be prepared so here are some useful information in advance of the event.
During the day we would advise that all delegates dress in a comfortable/casual attire.
Suits are not required – we all like you to look your best, but with our programme being quite active, suits won’t work that well!
Ties are not required – even with the evening programme, we are in a relaxed environment and want you to feel comfortable.
Think carefully about heels – some of the experiences on offer may require a bit of walking. 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. (Specially we recommend the use of flat shoes on Tuesday 27th for the whole day, including dinner. The place where the activities will be taking part it may have cobbled stone pavement and uneven surface).
Weather: the average temperature in Siena in February is likely to be 11°C, with highs of 9°C and lows of 4°C. Also, there is likely to be precipitation, so bare showers in mind when you pack.
We do advise that all delegates take their own necessities, which may include, insect repellent, medical supplies, etc.
These are some of the experiences which you shall have the opportunity to participate in whilst with us in Siena (to be confirmed): Stomping Grapes, Cooking Class in the Castle, Cycling, Truffle Hunting, Yoga & Thai Chi.
To find the complete list of the experiences offered please click here.

Connections Experiences

Connections Experiences are sponsored by our Host Hotel, la Bagnaia golf & spa resort Siena, Curio Collection by Hilton and our Official DMC, Italy My Way.

Here at Connections Luxury, we’re 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:

- Truffle tasting
- Truffle hunting
- Pet therapy
- Wine experience with Filippo Bartolotta; wine educator, speaker, and professional sommelier.
- Oil tasting
- Spa experience
- Golf

Please note Connections Experiences are subject to change.

Spouse programme:

Optional and only by request through nadia@italy-my-way.com.
We are delighted to introduce a spouse programme provided by our host hotel La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena, Curio Collection by Hilton and our official DMC for the event, Italy My Way. This is provided at a preferential rate. Please contact Dario.Stefani@hilton.com for accommodation.

-Chianti Wine Tour
-Shopping Tour
-Oil and Truffles Luxury Tour
-Luxury Tour of San Gimignano and Siena
-Luxury Tour of Chiusi and Montepulciano
-Cooking Lesson Tour
-Cold Cuts and Salami Tour

If you would like more information about our stunning Host Hotel, La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena, Curio Collection by Hilton, please click here.

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