Ultra Luxury Exchange Launches


Alyse Cori
Alyse Cori of Travelwize with Bob Romano of Fugazi Travel


Questex Hospitality + Travel debuted its ULTRA Luxury Exchange event last month, bringing North America’s elite travel advisors and suppliers together for an exclusive discussion on the latest research and trends in ultra-luxury travel.


Catherine Whitworth
Catherine Whitworth of Brownell Travel

The invitation-only program, held June 2-4 at the Turnberry Isle Miami, consisted of intimate focus groups with advisors hosted by partner suppliers, elegant business functions and thought-provoking discussions. These included Insights into the Emerging Travel Patterns from the Top US Luxury Travel Advisor with Jack Mannix of Jack E. Mannix & Associates and Insights into the Emerging Travel Habits, Preferences and Intentions of Affluent U.S. Travelers with Peter Yesawich, vice chairman of MMGY Global. 

With the goal of creating a road map for the industry, this collaborative event identified trends and key issues facing ultra-luxury travel, including the prediction of strong growth in the overall sector, emergence of the tech-driven millennial generation in the industry, integral role of personalized customer service and authentic experiences, and ongoing acceptance of social media on brand evangelism driven by the affluent consumer. The research will be distilled in a white paper and shared exclusively with ULTRA attendees. 

“The caliber of travel advisors brought together enables us to tap in to the top thought leaders in luxury travel and draft a true blueprint for the industry going forward,” said Ruthanne Terrero, Questex Hospitality + Travel, vice president of content and editorial director.

 “ULTRA addressed how the next generation of travel advisors will redefine luxury travel while shaping how those experiences are consumed. The positive feedback received was tremendous and generated a great deal of interest for next year’s event.” For more information, visit ULTRALuxuryExchange.com.


Peter Yesawich
Peter Yesawich, MMGY Global, spent quality time discussing trends with advisors


Roger Kershaw
Roger Kershaw of Roger Kershaw Custom Travel; David Rubin, DavidTravel; Ruth Turpin, Cruises, Etc. Travel and Jorge Collazzo of Gansevoort Hotel Group, who moderated our Millennial Luxury Traveler panel
Mathew Evins
A New Take on Luxury Panel: Mathew Evins, chairman and CEO, Evins Communications, Ltd.; Deepak Ohri, CEO, lebua Hotels and Resorts Co. Ltd. and Larry Pimental, president & CEO Azamara Club Cruises


Joshua Bush
Invited luxury travel advisors meet with travel supplier ambassadors. Shown here are invited advisors Leslie Bulluck, Best Travel Gold; Peter Carideo, CRC Travel; Joshua Bush, Park Avenue Travel and Robin Fox, Pisa Brothers


Bell de Souza
Bell de Souza, Mansour Travel Company and Juergen Stuetz, Melia Hotels International


Bob Malmberg
Bob Malmberg, The Malmberg Travel Group


Ruthanne Terrero
Ruthanne Terrero, Luxury Travel Advisor; Helene Singer, Singer Travel; Sue Brown, Sue Brown Travel and June Sloane, Protravel International


Rick Stiffler
Rick Stiffler, Preferred Hotel Group, Anne Scully, McCabe World Travel and Helene Singer, Singer Travel


Jack Mannix
Jack Mannix, Jack E. Mannix & Associates, presented luxury travel advisor research to launch the confab


Patricia Lehman
Patricia Lehman, The Travel Agent


Leslie Dodson
Leslie Dodson, Fairmont Raffles Hotels International; John McMahon, Luxury Travel Advisor and Cory Hagopian, Fairmont Raffles Hotels International.


Peter Carideo
Kimberly Newbury of Luxury Travel Advisor is flanked by Peter Carideo, CRC Travel and Gerard Bellino, WorldView Travel


Mary Ann and Roy Ramsey of Betty Maclean
Mary Ann and Roy Ramsey of Betty Maclean Travel with Julia Douglas, Jet Set World Travel, Inc.


Wido Schaefer
Wido Schaefer, TravelStore, Inc. and Stacy Weigant, Forest Travel Agency


Ken Neibaur
Ken Neibaur, Cardoza-Bungey Travel; Peter Carideo, CRC Travel and Gary Stevens, Leaders in Travel


Ruth Turpin
Ruth Turpin, Cruises, Etc. Travel; Judy Nidetz, Travel Experts and Patricia Lehman, The Travel Agent


Lia Batkin
Lia Batkin, In the Know Experiences


Jack Bloch
Jack Bloch, JB’s World Travel; Amy Deve, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces and Martin Rapp, ALTOUR


Ruthanne Terrero
The Butler Did It panel: Ruthanne Terrero, Luxury Travel Advisor; Phiroza Kothavala, The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York and Marine Guadalp, St. Regis Bal Harbour.


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