Love Travel Awards 2024

The Love Travel Awards 2024 Winners Revealed The prestigious Love Travel Awards took place on 27 April 2024 at Salla Dei Cristalli, Forte Village Resort, attended by over 250 romance travel leaders. Over a glamorous evening gala, the industry’s most outstanding venues and exceptional romance travel specialists were recognised and celebrated. Categories for the 2024 Love Travel Awards included Best Wedding Venue, Most Romantic Hotel, Best Destination Wedding Planner, and Romance Travel Specialist of the Year.  This year, two new awards were introduced: The Champion of Equality award, which recognises a wedding planner or romance travel specialist who embraces and promotes the message that LOVE is LOVE, and is an expert at creating a fusion of different wedding cultures and/or same-sex couples; as well as the Above and Beyond award, which recognises individuals who go the extra mile to deliver an outstanding level of personalised service and extraordinary experiences for their clients. Voted for by a global audience of romance travel professionals, all of the nominees, finalists, and winners were reviewed by experts, and submitted to an industry-wide vote.  Christy Kuplic, Managing Director of Private Luxury Events, said: “The wedding and romance travel industry is changing the way that society

Luxury Travel Insights with Timothy Mayer

Atrium Residences: Unparalleled Luxury and Exclusivity in Switzerland Timothy Mayer from Atrium Residences talks about their unique offering, the part that innovation plays in luxury travel, and his experience at Private Luxury Dubai. Tell us about Atrium Residences, your offerings, and USPs Atrium Residences owns and operates fully serviced, ultra-luxury villas. We are a leading provider in the Swiss rental segment with 12 exclusive properties. Our properties are based in Geneva and Zurich, Switzerland’s two main city hubs, and are available for short or extended periods of time. No two homes are the same – from villas to penthouses, every property has its own individual identity, and our in-house team of private chefs, butlers, concierges, drivers, and housekeepers ensure an exceptional and tailor-made experience for our UHNWI guests. I want to stress that access to large and luxurious villas in the most affluent city neighbourhoods is beyond rare – and Atrium is able to provide this all year round. Image credit: Atrium Residences What makes Switzerland a favoured destination for luxury travellers? Luxury travellers have always seen Switzerland as a natural destination for excellence, quality, safety, and – of course – the beauty of its landscapes. The mountains can be

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The Love Travel Awards Shortlist

Celebrity Planners Among Shortlist of the World’s Best Wedding Planners The 2024 Love Travel Awards nominees have been revealed, a shortlist of the most awe-inspiring venues for weddings and romantic getaways, and the world’s best destination wedding planners and romance travel specialists.  To create the shortlist of nominees for the 2024 awards, the most important influencers in romance travel nominated their favourite romantic properties from around the world. A total of twelve properties and eleven planners from Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, and the Middle East made the shortlist. The Love Travel Awards recognise the people and properties that stand head and shoulders above all others in romance travel. To win a Love Travel Award is therefore to be recognised by the industry as a truly exceptional. Voting is now open for the global romance travel industry to select their favourites across four categories: Best Wedding Venue, Most Romantic Hotel, Best Destination Wedding Planner, and Romance Travel Specialist of the Year. Christy Kuplic, Managing Director of Private Luxury Events, said: “The Love Travel Awards are the ultimate badge of honour, celebrating the most romantic properties, the best destination wedding planners, and romance travel specialists from around the world. The awards accord special recognition

Discovering Koh Samui with Karen Slocombe

A Luxury Traveller’s Guide to Exclusivity and Serenity Koh Samui is a paradise for luxury travellers, offering a peaceful escape from the crowds of other popular destinations like Phuket and Bali. The exclusivity and serenity of the island provide a relaxed ambiance for visitors to enjoy the natural beauty and tranquility of the destination without the hustle and bustle. Chatting with us at our Dubai event in January, Karen Slocombe shares her insights on the hidden gems of Koh Samui, what makes Samujana a popular choice for luxury travellers, and her experience as a Platinum Exhibitor at Private Luxury Dubai. What makes Thailand, and Koh Samui in particular, a popular destination for luxury travellers? Koh Samui in general is considered a great location for luxury travellers because of its exclusivity. Unlike Phuket and Bali, there are limited flights going in and out of the island which means fewer people, less traffic, and less of the backpacker crowd that other areas attract. This makes the island more relaxed and less stressful when out and about. Guests can enjoy the natural beauty of this heavenly island without having to elbow their way through a crowd on the beach. The island itself is

Private Luxury Boutique – The Ultimate Event for Boutique Travel

A brand-new event for the luxury travel industry Private Luxury Events (PLE) announces a brand-new event for the luxury leisure industry: Private Luxury Boutique, taking place from 2-5 October 2024 at the renowned Pine Cliffs Hotel, a Luxury Collection resort, in Algarve, Portugal. In creating Private Luxury Boutique, PLE is responding to the continuing growth of the boutique hotel sector – the global boutique hotels market size is estimated to grow by US$9,137.17 million, accelerating at a CAGR of 6.51% by 2027 . According to Future Market Insights, the boutique hotel market is anticipated to be between US$95-98 billion and will potentially reach $115 billion by 2032. 1. According to report Boutique Hotels Market by Type, Channel, and Geography – Forecast and Analysis 2023-2027 Christy Kuplic, Managing Director of Private Luxury Events, said: “Private Luxury Boutique is designed for boutique properties across the globe to meet with exceptional luxury buyers who are actively booking properties with ‘soul’ and a story to tell. At Private Luxury, we are committed to curating an elite gathering that showcases the immersive, cultural, and authentic experiences that travellers are increasingly seeking.” André Gomes, President of the Algarve Tourism Bureau, a Headline Partner for Private Luxury

The Safari Collection’s Environmental Footprint

Embracing Sustainability and Giving Back in Luxury Travel Luxury travel is synonymous with comfort, indulgence, and unforgettable experiences. But as the world becomes increasingly conscious of environmental issues, travellers are seeking out more sustainable and responsible options. The Safari Collection, which operates a collection of luxury lodges and camps in Kenya’s finest locations, has taken up the challenge and is making significant strides in sustainability, giving back, and reducing its environmental footprint. In this article, we’ll explore The Safari Collection’s initiatives and how they contribute to a more meaningful travel experience. The Footprint Programme: Preserving Nature, Empowering Communities The Safari Collection’s commitment to sustainability is evident through its dedicated foundation, “Our Footprint.” This program aims to protect East Africa’s natural wonders, promote sustainable tourism, and positively impact local communities. By treading delicately on the planet and minimising their environmental impact, The Safari Collection sets an example for other luxury travel companies to follow. Conservation Efforts: Protecting Vulnerable Wildlife and Habitats The Safari Collection recognises the importance of protecting wildlife and their habitats, which are the backbone of Kenya’s incredible natural wonders. Through their dedicated foundation, they support various conservation projects aimed at safeguarding vulnerable animal species. From giraffe conservation to

Voices of Our Community – Luxury Travel Trends

Personalisation, Sustainability, and Immersive Experiences Our events are not only a time and place for the world’s finest exhibitors and most sought-after buyers in luxury travel to come together and connect – they’re also about education and keeping up to date with the latest trends in the industry. At each edition of Private Luxury, we ask our community for their perspectives on the world of luxury travel. During Private Luxury Abu Dhabi last September and Private Luxury Dubai in January, we had the pleasure of speaking to some of our luxury buyers and getting first-hand insight into evolving trends. Let’s hear what the experts had to say. Nagsri Sashidhar – NAGSRI – CREATING SPECIAL MEMORIES We’re seeing that clients are opting more for boutique properties and intimate experiences. They don’t want to be just a number in a hotel – personalistion is very important to them. So boutique properties which have a soul, a real story to share are becoming increasingly popular. It’s all about immersion, and immersive experiences. So, again, it’s not just about ticking off boxes, seeing monuments, and coming back. It’s about getting immersed in the culture, in the cuisine, in the way of life of a

Luxury Travel Insights with Wilson Chen

DELUXETARGETS and Emerging Trends in the Industry Wilson Chen from DELUXETARGETS shares his insights into the luxury travel business, popular destinations for clients, emerging trends in luxury travel, standout products showcased at Private Luxury Dubai, and the value of networking opportunities at the event. Tell us about your business, how it started, and where you operate DELUXETARGETS is a prestigious Swiss luxury travel agency, founded by Mr. Guido Graf in 2001 in Teufen, Switzerland. We’re proud to be a Consortia Preferred Partner for Virtuoso, and a selection of luxury hotels. As Managing Director of Asia Pacific, I lead our efforts to cater to the elite in Chinese-speaking countries. On behalf of DELUXETARGETS, I pioneered the establishment of a regional office in Shanghai and orchestrated a network of remote luxury travel consultants in Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Gold Coast, dedicating our expertise to serving the high-end clientele within the global Chinese-speaking community. At the heart of our success as a leading luxury travel service provider is our unparalleled team of travel consultants, whose expertise enables us to broaden our horizons across multiple travel sectors. Which destinations are most popular for your clients, and are there any new experiences they have

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