Questex Announces Prestigious Speaker Lineup for ULTRA Summit  

NEW YORK (April 29, 2015) ─ Luxury Travel Advisor’s ULTRA Summit, to be held May 17-19 at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, will celebrate its third year with a strong lineup of expert speakers and an enhanced program addressing a wide range of critical topics focused on the ultra-luxury travel market.

Presented by Questex's Luxury Travel Advisor magazine, the event will bring the world’s most elite travel advisors and suppliers together for an exclusive discussion about the latest research and trends in ultra-luxury travel.

Featured speakers include Larry Pimentel, president and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises and a leading industry expert on the topic of selling and marketing to discriminating travelers. Pimentel, who previously was president of SeaDream Yacht Club, Cunard Line and Seabourn Cruise Line, will speak about luxury trends and “future-proofing” your business. 

Peter Yesawich, vice chairman of MMGY Global, will present “The Affluent Traveler: Motivations, Myths and Market Opportunities,” featuring highlights from MMGY Global's “Portrait of American Travelers” and insights into affluent travelers’ destination preferences, planning and booking habits, social values and media preferences.

Yesawich, who directs MMGY Global’s consumer research, is regarded as one of the most respected and insightful sources on the preferences and intentions of American travelers. He is a frequent commentator on travel trends in publications including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Time, Newsweek and Bloomberg Businessweek and has been featured on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, BBC World and National Public Radio. 

Caitlin Domke, brand strategist at NewsCred, will present “Best Practices in Content Marketing for the Travel Industry: How to Create Content Travelers Love.” Domke has a decade of experience in integrated marketing, helping brands achieve business goals and craft great stories. Domke worked with Pfizer, Discover Student Loans, Fidelity and Avon to understand content marketing best practices and craft their content strategy. Prior to NewsCred, she spent three years at The Atlantic magazine, where she conceptualized award-winning integrated marketing programs for Porsche, Bank of America, Boeing and Delta.

JD Andrews, an award-winning photographer, speaker and social media expert, will discuss how brands can make social media fun, easy and profitable. Andrews has explored 93 countries across seven continents, capturing travel experiences for a variety of channels and working with cruise lines, airlines, destination marketing organizations and tourist boards. He has been honored with numerous awards for his video work, including four Emmy Awards. Utilizing social media, Andrews quickly became one of the most influential travel people on Twitter and has been featured on National Geographic Traveler, BBC Travel, The New York Times, Huffington Post, AOL Travel, Instagram, Mashable and Gadling.

“The caliber of speakers and participants at ULTRA, each selected for their expertise as leading purveyors of affluent travel, will enable us to tap into the top thought leaders to glean insights about the future of the ultra-luxury landscape,” said Ruthanne Terrero, Questex Travel Group vice president, content and editorial director. “By bringing together world-class travel buyers with ultra-luxury suppliers, we will cultivate collaboration, share insights and help drive the luxury travel industry into the future.”

Intimate one-to-one appointments will be intermixed with lively panels, engaging presentations and discussions, elegant networking functions and thought-provoking educational content. New this year are interactive, 15-minute "pop-up panels," in which a moderator will identify topics and randomly select delegates to participate based on the numbers on the back of their badges. 

Participants exclusively will receive a white paper providing research and insight into the ultra-luxury landscape and emerging trends. For more information, visit www.ltaultrasummit.com.

About Questex Hospitality + Travel
The Questex Hospitality + Travel Group of Questex LLC serves the worldwide hospitality, travel and related industries that together contribute over $6 trillion to the global gross domestic product. Through an innovative platform of targeted solutions, the group serves the sector’s entire ecosystem, from tourism and hotel development and investment to hotel design, purchasing, management and operations.

The Questex Hospitality + Travel Group serves every B2B segment of the industry, from investment and development to management operations, sales and marketing of hospitality and travel products to destination development and marketing, via proven demand generation, learning, loyalty and rewards solutions as well as a network of live events. This division of Questex is aligned around three broad market segments – hospitality, travel and meetings – and supported by its Digital Media staff.

Additional information is available at questex.com/markets/hospitality-travel.

                                                                               # # #