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Curated by TTG luxury veteran editor April Hutchinson, the agenda will draw on TTG Media’s mission to build a smarter, better and fairer travel industry and will bring together leaders and innovators from the travel industry and beyond to inspire and empower attendees, make positive changes in their business.

dr Antonia Ward, Chief Futurist at Stylus, gives attendees the opportunity to absorb and capitalize on the latest trends. She will talk about emerging consumer trends and ask the audience to reconsider how they think about the future.

your session, New ways of thinking about the future of travelwill kick off the day with a thought-provoking keynote address and attendees can also benefit from a free stylus report.

The day, held in partnership with Celebrity Cruises, begins with an insight from Sales Director Nicola McNeish, who will share how the line is building for a sustainable future and maintaining brand relevance in a changing market.

The outstanding line-up also includes industry leaders who will analyze trends and share insights The future of luxury travel – what we have learned Session with Kerry Golds, Chief Tour Operating Officer, Abercrombie & Kent; Gary Kershaw, Country Manager UK & Ireland, Qatar Airways; Tom Rowntree, vice president, global marketing, luxury brands, IHG Hotels & Resorts; and Peter Shanks, Managing Director, UK & Ireland, Silversea Cruises.

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The full day conference will take place on Friday 7th October at The Biltmore Mayfair, London and a focus of the event will be Smarter, Better, Fairer, in line with TTG Media’s own core mission.

Sessions designed to help organizations work better include: Communicating innovation: the view of the expert guestwhere Edward Hooper, Group CEO of LQA will share his insight on how quality assessment adapts to include sustainability measurement and how brands can effectively communicate their work in this area.

Looking at the hotel development that Warm hospitality with a difference Session will join Naomi Heaton, Founder of The Other House, and Stuart Godwin, Co-Founder of Room2 Hometels, to analyze some of the emerging alternative luxury travel experiences that are challenging the more traditional hotel models.

During the Make branded gifts better Session will provide Derek Hydon, Founder and President of MaCher, an LA-based product design firm and certified B Corp, with an insight into how carefully designed, sustainably made gifts can increase sales and repeat rates, strengthen customer loyalty and increase brand awareness with impressive results.

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Also on the agenda are Lexie Lenoir, Founder of Queer Weddings UK, and Aisha Shaibu, Founder of Moonlight Experiences, who together are founders of The Queer Nomads, created to transform the narrative of queer blacks and people of color in the changing the travel industry. The duo are also ambassadors for Celebrity Cruises and will be sharing their views during the Prioritize diversity in travel: Make changes that matter Meeting.

That Why B Corp, why now session, a group of experienced Tour Operators and Suppliers will share their experiences with Pippa Jacks, Group Editor at TTG Media.

Sam Clark, co-founder and CEO of Experience Travel Group; Duncan Grossart, Founder and CEO of Journeys With Purpose; and Derek Hydon, President of MaCher, explain why they chose to go through the B Corp process and how it future-proofs them in the luxury travel space.

In line with the topic of sustainability, Delphine Malleret King, Director of The Long Run, will end the day with her Putting sustainability at the heart of a company Meeting. Representing the largest network of privately protected areas in the world, members of this conservation-tourism coalition bring together like-minded people who use their business to positively impact biodiversity and human well-being.


“As the sector continues to recover, it was critical for us to focus on how luxury travel companies should do so sustainably when creating this programme. We should set the right tone going forward,” said Hutchinson. “We look forward to hearing from all of our panelists and moderators how they’re doing this and how they’re doing things differently.”

New this year is a post-event aperitif where delegates can share experiences, discuss issues raised during the day and network with like-minded people and contacts in the luxury travel sector.

“We are so grateful again this year to all of our collaborative partners – our venue partner The Biltmore Mayfair, London and Abercrombie & Kent, Celebrity Cruises, Hilton Luxury Brands, Qatar Airways, Silversea and Stylus,” added Hutchinson. “The conference remains a must-attend event and with so many topics currently on the agenda for every company, the need to come together and share insights and experiences was greater than ever.”

Tickets for the event are available online, along with further details of all speakers.

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