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ILTM Cannes 2015 : A Practical Guide for Luxury Travel Attendees

International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) Cannes 2015 is the global flagship event for luxury travel and joins other core events organised by Reed Travel Exhibitions under the ILTM brand in the Americas and Asia Pacific and two specialist events in Japan and Africa.

ILTM Cannes will be hosted over 4 days at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès from 30 November to 3 December 2015.

The ILTM Cannes event provides an unrivalled opportunity for B2B networking between international suppliers, buyers and media and is expected to welcome over 3,000 influential decision-makers in luxury travel from around 100 countries with 78% not attending any other ILTM event and 30% being newcomers to the event.

A Pre-Scheduled Appointment agenda lies at the heart of ILTM Cannes, allowing attendees to choose up to 52 appointments from a select portfolio of elite travel buyers and suppliers covering sectors including aviation, cruises, luxury accommodation, elite concierge services, ski resorts, gastronomic experiences, spa and wellness, yacht charters and more.

The event will provide connections to other luxury travel professionals who are aiming to capture today’s luxury travellers that are seeking to explore the world – its cultures, cuisine, beaches, spas and experiences – in the ultimate style. The trend is changing and luxury travellers no longer just want to stay in their boutique hotels, but get out and discover the landscape, local arts, festivals, crafts and cuisine and therefore support local communities.

After long days of appointments, tourism professionals are invited to relax or party in Cannes with casual social networking events, or official ILTM Cannes functions. Don’t miss the Global Forum for networking and keynote speeches on the theme of storytelling, or the legendary champagne tower at the Official Party at Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez!

Hotel Martinez Cannes

Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez

Bespoke Yacht Charter has over 12 years’ experience in organising yacht charters during Cannes events and we are able to assist with every detail to make ILTM Cannes successful for your brand.

Bespoke Yacht Charter have compiled this Practical Guide for Luxury Travel Attendees at ILTM Cannes 2015 with tips for first-timers or returning participants:

  1. What to expect at ILTM Cannes 2015

ILTM Cannes will have representation from luxury travel suppliers keen to entice the high-end French and European markets.

There will be a significant contingent from Abu Dhabi including luxury hotels and Etihad Airways, a return of The Leading Hotels of the World who will once again be the largest exhibitor at Cannes, and emerging product releases from many exhibitors.

Some new showcases this year in Cannes include:

  • ILTM Sanctuary package, a dedicated opportunity for some of the world’s top spa destinations, wellness resorts and retreats to meet with leading buyers.
  • Direct Travel will launch its private luxury division, Direct Travel Luxe. Direct Travel Luxe will debut as a high–touch concierge travel service with customised premier experiences such as Grand Cru tastings at private chateaux during an insider’s tour of Burgundy and Bordeaux, or a personal Tour de France itinerary with an expert cycling guide.
  • Food and equine tours with Arabian Adventures
  1. General tips for ILTM Cannes 2015

Attendees won’t receive a printed diary, so either print your appointment schedule prior to arriving in Cannes or for ease download the free ILTM Cannes 2015 app available on iOS and Android to view your appointments and start connecting with other attendees before the show.

For a useful free webinar on how to make the most out of the Pre-Scheduled Appointment process as well as a comprehensive guide of everything you need to know about ILTM, click this link: www.brighttalk.com/webcast/13125/171059

ILTM Cannes will host 170 high-profile luxury media publications so it is the perfect opportunity to present your brand, be photographed, or talk about your brand on social media (use hashtag: #ILTM) via the ILTM community on Twitter or Facebook.

For local connectivity, you’ll find some Wifi hotspots in Cannes at Mocca Café (directly opposite the Palais des Festivals), New York New York restaurant (2 minutes from the Palais on Allée de la Liberté Charles de Gaulle), Factory Café (Gray d’Albion shopping arcade) and Volupté Anytime (32 rue Hoche).

  1. Travel tips for ILTM Cannes 2015

Transfers: New this year, all attendees are offered complimentary transfers from Nice Cote d’Azur Airport to Cannes, with the exception of buyers staying at Mas Candille in Mougins or Hotel Belle Rives in Juan les Pins who have designated transfers on arrival. Hostesses will be available to guide you at the airport.

Trains: Cannes sits on the coastal rail route with regular services to regional towns including Golfe Juan, Juan les Pins, Antibes and Nice. The nearest train station to the airport is Nice St-Augustin station (around 40 minute’s journey from Cannes). If you lose any personal property at train stations in the region (keys, phones etc), submit a notice via the bilingual English and French website www.gares-sncf.com/fr/nos-services/objets-trouves

Buses: There is a bus that services Cannes to Nice (Number 200), it is important to note that a oneway journey takes around 2 hours. For local buses for Cannes and surrounds, visit www.palmbus.fr

Evenings: Pre-book your transport in the evening during the event as taxis will be busy, and public transport schedules are reduced especially after 8pm.

Flights: For negotiated airfare rates for attendees, book via the event partner ‘b-network’ www.iltm.b-network.com/

Just last week, Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) announced it has signed a global agreement designating oneworld® as its exclusive airline alliance partner for 2016, in what is believed to be the biggest yet partnership of its kind for travel trade shows. This means for next year, attendees will be able to book discounted airfares via the oneworld events portal where ILTM Cannes will have its own customized link, as well as a 24 hour support desk.

Hotels: Be aware that a company called Exhibitors Housing Services’ (EHS) based in Germany is contacting ILTM Cannes 2015 attendees and offering discounted hotel rooms. Please note that this company is not affiliated with this year’s event and the organisers recommend you book via their travel partner ‘b-network’.

  1. Wine and dine

Here are some suggestions for places to eat and drink in Cannes:

Coquillages Brun (‘Astoux & Brun’, 2 rue Louis Blanc) – Open daily with menus in French, English, Italian, German and Russian, this is the place to go for seafood. Exceptionally popular, they don’t take reservations but pass the wait time for a table by wandering through the nearby Marché Forville or Le Suquet before returning to feast on the freshest seafood platters, oysters and shellfish in town.

La Bouche à Oreille (7 rue des Gabres) – Away from the seafront, this tapas-cum-wine bar is an ideal bistro for a relaxed meal and glass of wine.

La Plage (Hôtel Majestic Barrière, 10, boulevard de la Croisette) – La Plage is the first beach on the Croisette to meet the standards of the coastline law and is the greenest beach on Cannes famous seafront boulevard with an eco-responsible ethos with its materials for production and the management of the products and waste. Open from midday until 4pm, La Plage is a fine waterfront choice for lunch or a drink with a view of the bay of Cannes.

Ma Nolan’s (6 rue Buttura) – An easy stroll from the Palais des Festivals, Ma’s is a popular Irish pub with typical pub food and a a good range of beers. They also screen major sports matches so if you’re a fan of football, rugby, tennis or cricket this should be your port-of-call to watch the action.

Volupté Anytime (32 rue Hoche) – A relaxed cafe ideal if you’re looking for salads, sandwiches, breakfasts. Open Monday to Saturday from 9am-7.30pm.

  1. Top attractions in Cannes

The Tourist Office is located at the foot of the Palais and has ample information on things to see and do in Cannes if you get some downtime. Here’s a round-up of Cannes top attractions:

Useful Links:

Official ILTM Cannes 2015 website: www.iltm.com/cannes/

Official ILTM Facebook page: www.facebook.com/iltmevents

Twitter: @ILTM_events

This article was written by Rebecca Whitlocke, who with over 10 years travel industry experience loves to share ‘must-do’ destination tips and hidden spots to discover in France and beyond.

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Bespoke Yacht Charter specialise in static yacht charters for companies attending events in Cannes such as MIPIMMIPTVCannes Film FestivalCannes Lions International Festival of CreativityMIDEMMIPCOMTFWA Tax Free and MAPIC.

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