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Luxury News from ILTM Cannes

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First in Service team (l to r): Carlos Melia, Joanna Kuflik, Erika Reategui, Chad Rodarme, Fernando Gonzalez, Pierre-Alexandre Francin

The International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM), the world’s largest travel event, took place in Cannes last week. We were invited to the party.
This annual gathering is where the latest in luxury travel trends are shaped and discussed. A record number of 3,000 exhibitors, travel advisors and luxury travel editors from 80 countries participated.

In a keynote address, Columbia University professor Andrew Solomon, who writes on politics, culture and psychology, discussed the crucial role of travel in overcoming nationalistic fears in a climate of uncertainty.

Travel Weekly noted that this year’s conversations also “focused on the continuing themes of companies expanding into new and far-flung locations and refining brands and developing new products that offer unique experiences and an authentic sense of place in everything from the architecture to bathroom amenities.”

EDITION unveiled its first expansion in China with The Sanya EDITION on Hainan Island. Sanya, the popular Chinese tourist resort, will also see a new property from Rosewood, one of 12 confirmed hotels in its pipeline. Next year, The Luxury Collection will add the Hotel Inglaterra in Havana, Cuba, and nine other destinations including Panama City, Singapore and Napa Valley. The Ritz-Carlton will open the first luxury hotel in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana.

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