Luxperience kicks off in Sydney

The annual luxury travel event opened with the Luxperience Awards at the Ivy Ballroom.
Luxperience kicked off at the Ivy in Sydney this week.

Luxury travel event Luxperience has officially kicked off for 2018, boasting a new organising team and location.

Now led by Diversified Communications, the event opened in grand style at Merivale’s Ivy Ballroom in Sydney on Sunday night (16 September) with the Luxperience Awards and a keynote speech by Dr Jordan Nguyen, inventor of the mind-controlled smart wheelchair.

The Inspiring Award was presented to Saffron Travels, Vietnam; the Meaningful Award went to Hands Up Holidays, UK; the Connections Award went to The Farm at San Benito, Philippines; and the Destination Award was given to Japan National Tourism Organization.

The first day of business sessions commence.

Event director Michelle Papas congratulated the finalists and winners of this year’s awards.

“The evening was a wonderful celebration of our industry, with some of the world’s most impressive suppliers and an elite group of travel stylists in the global luxury and experiential travel arena enjoying the night,” she said.

Visit Rwanda is among this year’s exhibitors.

Luxperience exhibitors and buyers gathered on Monday at ICC Sydney for the first of three days of business meetings.

On Tuesday night, the newest event on the Luxperience calendar, Tuesday Night Social, will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Arts’ Foundation Hall.

Luxperience’s mobile app

The social event has been revitalised as a cocktail party, with the focus on convivial networking and fun.

On Wednesday, 19 September, business events professionals will take part in a new program, dubbed Events by Luxperience.

Indigenous art at Luxperience 2018.

The new addition enables 50 event specialists to meet and connect with 15 suppliers over a two-hour session of intimate group presentations.

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