Memories of ILTM Cannes, 2015

CannesfromPaldesFest15de12What’s all this about something called ILTM Cannes anyway?  Well, it’s a great travel industry show held annually in Cannes, France for four days in early December.  Luxury hoteliers, limo companies, tour operators and luxury travel advisors meet at pre-determined appointments for seven hours each day.

 

I attend every other year and this was the best show thus far. I reacquanted myself with some of my favorite “grand hotels,” met at least two new tour companies I will use for my custom European vacations, worked out a sticky situation with an upcoming group who will stay at an iconic Irish castle next spring, and learned a bit more about Greek islands and villas.

Hotel Le Negresco, Nice

Hotel Le Negresco, Nice

There is always enough time between appointments to chat with old and meet new friends in addition to checking out a few suppliers not on my appointment list.  Plus all the delicious cafes for lunch and dinner daily.  (Sadly, the Cannes boutiques are always closed by the time the show ends – but the window shopping at Hermes, Ferragamo, Chanel, Dior, etc. is fun.

 

I stayed in a 4 Star hotel which was very contemporary and very close to the Palais des Festival where the travel show was held.

 

I added a couple of extra days to my trip – I stopped overnight in Nice to check out another “grand hotel” and do a bit to shopping before the show.  Afterwards, I flew home through Amsterdam where I enjoyed one night in a beautiful junior suite overlooking the canals at another “grand hotel,” the Hotel D’El Europe.  I enjoyed a canal cruise that evening showcasing the city’s holiday light show.

 

All in all, a great way to spend the first week of December.

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