Luxury Travel Advisor’s ULTRA Summit Commenced Today in California

NEW YORK (May 23, 2016) ─ Luxury Travel Advisor’s ULTRA Summit, the preeminent event for the luxury travel market, opened today at the St Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point, California.
The ULTRA Summit is an exclusive, invite-only event that brings the owners and managers of luxury travel agencies together with the most opulent, ultra-luxury suppliers in the world to cultivate collaboration, share insights and help move the luxury market forward.  

Ruthanne Terrero, Questex Travel Group vice president of content and editorial director began the event with “A Look Inside Your Business,” a profile of the attending advisors’ assessment of the current market, resulting from a comprehensive survey they completed in advance of the Summit. Results from the survey were quite positive, where nearly 65% saw an increase in business by 15% said Terrero.  

“This year has certainly been a challenging one in some respects, but despite the obvious disrupters, agencies continue to flourish, which is a great sign of times to come,” said Terrero. “I’m looking forward to seeing what other discoveries we unearth throughout this summit that will benefit the future of luxury travel.”

Informative sessions that will be featured throughout the conference include: “Insight: Working with High Wealth Clientele” presented by Suzi Dailey, founder, DailybytheSea, a Sotheby’s International Realty Organization; “How to Create a Winning Strategy for Social Media,” presented by Jane Coloccia, president & chief creative officer, JC Communications LLC.; and the “Luxury General Managers Interactive Panel,” featuring Ian Pullan, general manager, St Regis Monarch Beach, Rick Riess, managing director, Montage Laguna Beach, and Karen Whitt, vice president sales & marketing, The Hartling Group. 

Interactive pop-up panels will play an integral role in the summit as well, encouraging attendees to participate as panelists on various topics.  Plus pre-scheduled one-to-one appointments will take place between sessions and meals for dedicated networking time between advisors and suppliers.

The pinnacle of the event will be this evening’s Awards of Excellence, an elegant affair taking place at the stunning Montage Laguna Beach, recognizing the top luxury suppliers in the travel industry. 

Sponsors of the summit include event hosts the St Regis Monarch Beach and Starwood Hotels & Resorts; Preferred Hotels & Resorts and the Montage Laguna Beach, hosts of the Awards of Excellence; the Dominican Republic Tourism Board, the Monaco Government Tourist Office, Travelive, and Travel Agent University. 

Luxury Travel Advisor’s ULTRA Summit is the most unique, intimate gathering of luxury travel’s most prominent advisors and international luxury suppliers. The event includes informative education, one-to-one meetings, networking events, and elegant receptions. 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 supports 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.

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