Tradeshow To Know: LE Miami 2015

LE Miami, the world’s first travel trade show to reflect the shift in luxury, defines the evolution in contemporary travel by connecting a curated crowd of nonconformist travel brands with the world’s leading creative class travel buyers, international media, creative visionaries and industry influencers.

The collective meets in Miami annually for a fiercely business-driven yet passionately festival-like event.

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According to their website, “We curate both our crowd and our scene to go beyond the average trade show, transforming our conference into a Ministry of Ideas; networking events into electric parties; and dull plasterboard booths into a revolutionary show space.”

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2015 will see approximately 360 SUPPLIERS meet with the elite leisure buyers, corporate travel managers from the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Spotify and Facebook, and the world’s leading travel media.

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Here’s the schedule of events:

MINISTRY OF IDEAS – INSPIRING THE EVOLUTION OF TRAVEL
8 June, 09:00 – 17:30 | New World Symphony
The Ministry of Ideas is the cradle of our annual festival of creativity within the travel industry. A twist on the conference concept, it was conceived as an ideas factory where pioneering individuals in the travel and creative sectors can share, discuss and spark innovations with the power to move the evolution in travel onwards.

For 2015, we’re moving venues to the state-of-the-art New World Symphony, just around the corner from the Miami Beach Convention Center. The format is a full first day of inspirational debates, workshops and talks, both from those leading change from within the travel industry and big names inspiring innovation on a wider scale. The day will be split into two sections: Shared Ideas, a series of conversations and workshops, in the morning; followed by Big Ideas, our three keynote speakers, in the afternoon.

2015 SPEAKERS INCLUDE*:
Brad Wilson, President, Ace Hotel
Ben Pundole, VP of Brand Experience, EDITION
Jason Pomeranc, Co-Founder, SIXTY
Will Deague, CEO, Art Series Hotel Group
Tina Edmundson, Global Officer for Luxury and Lifestyle Brands, Marriott International Michael Levie, CEO, citizenM
Niki Leondakis, CEO, Commune Hotels & Resorts
Anda Andrei, Principal, Anda Andrei Design
Avi Brosh, President & CEO, Pali Group
David Bowd, Founder, Salt Hotels
Mike Savas, VP Partnerships, Dainty Group
Jonas Rask Eilersen, Founding Director, RASK Travel

MINISTRY OF IDEAS – CONTINUED
8 June, 09:00 – 17:30 | New World Symphony
DISCUSSION TOPICS
09:30 – 10:00
KEEP THEM KEEN
How to keep the creative crowd coming back for more
10:05 – 10:35
EXPRESS YOURSELF
What ‘contemporary’ design means today
10:50 – 11:20
BLURRED LINES
What today’s budget lifestyle brands say about tomorrow’s high-end traveller
11:25 – 11:55
GROWING PAINS
How to scale up yet retain a boutique experience
09:30 – 10:00
CLUTTER CUTTERS
Sustaining marketing buzz amongst media-savvy travellers
10:05 – 10:35
CURATE COLLECTIVELY
Working with buyers to generate added value
10:50 – 11:20
SIZE MATTERS
Whether big and boutique can ever go hand-in-hand
11:25 – 11:55
LIFE ON THE EDGE
How to remain edgy now lifestyle has gone mainstream

LEADERSHIP LAB – DESIGNING THE EVOLUTION OF TRAVEL
10 June
As the defining trade event for the contemporary travel industry, LE Miami brings together leading figures from the world’s most creative and forward-thinking travel brands at the Leadership Lab; a moderated discussion of current trends and future forecasts. See the resulting white papers from the 2013 and 2014 Labs, and watch last year’s Lab in action here.
This year Adam Ferrier will be chairing this hotly anticipated event, moderating discussion between CEOs, owners and influencers. For the first time, press are invited to take to the sidelines to watch the debate in motion.