With a change of venue to Wharf 3 at Walsh Bay, Luxperience has returned to Sydney, bigger and brighter than before. Held over four days, this annual travel trade event, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, showcases luxury and high-end travel products on offer from Australia and various countries around the globe, to overseas and local buyers.

Veronica Rainbird & Sandra Tiltman

Veronica Rainbird & Sandra Tiltman

With so many exhibitors at the event, buyers schedule appointments every fifteen minutes. On the quarter hour bells ring to remind everyone that it’s time to move on to the next appointment.

Especially welcome were the lounge areas for relaxing between appointments.

I particularly enjoyed visiting the Arabian themed Luxe Pamper Lounge with its large sofas and ottomans where Sasy n Savy, in partnership with Dubai Tourism, were offering ten minute shoulder, neck, arm and hand treatments using Sasy n Savy products.  It was great to catch up again with Dubai Tourism’s Veronica Rainbird and Samea Maakrun Managing Director of Sasy n Savy. The massage certainly revitalised me, giving me renewed energy to visit more of the exhibitors.

At the other end of Wharf 3, I stopped for a coffee in the lounge sponsored by Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand.

I was also pleased to run into Helen Wong and Mike Smith at the Macau Government Tourist Office stand, as I had just returned from a wonderful stay in Macau.

Sandra Tiltman with Samea Maakrun, CEO of Sasy n Savy

Sandra Tiltman with Samea Maakrun, CEO of Sasy n Savy

The day I visited, the Sydney Showboat drew up to Wharf 3 to board delegates for a lunch time cruise around Sydney harbour, where those from overseas and inter-state were excited to see the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, while dining.

Looking forward to next year’s Luxperience.

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Sandra Tiltman      Photos: John Pond

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