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Announcing PRIVATE Luxury Leisure Forum, the new marketplace for high end luxury travel

Worldwide Events, the world’s leading producer of one-to-one tradeshows for the hospitality industry, and Great Hotels of the World, the global sales and marketing organisation for independent hotels around the world, are announcing their collaboration on a new event: PRIVATE Luxury Leisure Forum.

PRIVATE Luxury Leisure Forum aims at further serving the leisure members of Great Hotels of the World as well as the clientele of Worldwide Events with a focus on the leisure segment.

Peter Gould, CEO of Great Hotels of the World, says: “There is a need in the marketplace for an efficient platform connecting buyers and suppliers of luxury leisure travel. We believe that Worldwide Events’ expertise and our combined handpicked clientele are the right ingredients to deliver that platform”.

The inaugural PRIVATE Luxury Leisure Forum will be held from 30 September to 2 October 2014 in Valletta, Malta. Delegates representing handpicked luxury hotels and influential travel buyers will attend 25 high quality one-to-one meetings during the three-day event. Each pre-booked meeting will last 15 minutes and is organised according to both buyers’ and suppliers’ meeting preferences. Structured business opportunity is the core of the Forum, but it also incorporates dynamic networking activities and a lavish social programme to deliver a rounded relationship-building experience.

There will be 40 elite buyers at the Forum, from Western Europe (UK, Germany, France etc.) and emerging markets (Russia and Eastern Europe). High-end travel agencies and tour operators, lifestyle management and concierge services, and elite incentive and event planners will bring their purchasing power to the table at this unique event.

The handpicked portfolio of 35 independent 5-star hotels combines a collection of Great Hotels of the World member hotels and Worldwide Events’ current client list. Alexander Alvarado, ecommerce Manager at Royal Garden Villas in Tenerife, said: “Attending a luxury leisure event like the PRIVATE Forum will allow me to reach out to key luxury agents and strengthen my hotel exposure by attracting a higher calibre of guests”.

Registration for both buyers and suppliers is now open and can be found on the event’s website: http://privateluxuryforum.com

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For media enquiries, press visits and photos please contact:

Alejandra Moreno de Tejada- e-Marketing and PR Manager

Great Hotels of the World

amoreno@ghotw.com

+44 (0) 20 7380 8590

Note to editors:

Worldwide Events

Worldwide Events specialise in business-to-business trade shows that have a one-on-one meeting format. The meetings are pre-arranged and all suppliers have a full schedule of meetings. Their flagship events Meeting & Incentive Forums (http://www.mi-forums.com) have become a global success since launching in 2006 as a solution to a marketplace that was demanding a fresh approach. They bring the highest quality buyers to Forums and deliver high ROI for clients.

Worldwide Events is a division of Big Worldwide (http://www.big-worldwide.com) , a global travel, technology, events and media company founded in 1995.

Great Hotels of the World

Great Hotels of the World (http://www.ghotw.com) provides global hotel reservation, sales and marketing services for an exclusive portfolio of primarily independent hotels and resorts worldwide. Great Hotels of the World provides a range of products, services and innovative technology solutions for over 250 hotels worldwide through trade shows, e-marketing, business travel sales, meeting and incentive sales, public relations, Meeting Forums and a private label GDS chain code (GW).

By acknowledging that each hotel’s core business is different, Great Hotels of the World helps hotels and consumers to “find their niche” by categorising member hotels into niche travel markets. Great Hotels’ dedicated programmes are aimed at the leisure, meetings and incentive and corporate markets, whilst the individual leisure collections reach precise areas of the market in which the hotel specialises in including gourmet, spa, golf, honeymoon and many more.

Membership of Great Hotels of the World is split into three tiers: the Luxury Collection, the Premium Collection and the Classic Collection and is by invitation only. Hotels must meet strict criteria before being accepted into the brand.

Further information on Great Hotels of the World can be found at http://info.ghotw.com

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