10 Feb 2016

ILTM Japan 2016 Opening Forum speakers revealed

The movers and shakers of the luxury travel industry are looking forward to the fast-approaching ILTM Japan 2016, which is taking place from February 29 until March 2 at the illustrious Conrad Hotel Tokyo; and spurring further anticipation, the keynote speakers for the event’s Opening Forum, which takes place on Monday, February 29 at 17:00, have been revealed.

Kicking off the proceedings will be Yoshimi Nakajima, vice-president proprietary card services, Japan, American Express International, who will address ‘The Affluent Traveller - learnings from American Express premium card members’. With luxury travellers being well-acquainted with American Express, the card offers bespoke travel concierge services to its holders. Nakajima is set to use the insight gained from her strategic role at American Express to investigate luxury travel trends in the context of Japanese inbound and outbound travel, identifying customer needs and preferences through direct client feedback and patterns of behaviour.

Meanwhile, also taking to the stage will be Jesper Koll, Japan director of research, JP Morgan, who will explore Japan’s economic strength, addressing potential business opportunities whilst assessing possible risks. Koll’s presentation ‘Beyond Abenomics: The Bullcase for Japan's Economy’, will position Japan as the next true economic superpower through the strength of its private sector.  He aims to “inspire businesses to seize this exciting time for the Japanese economy as a time for real growth and development.”

And last but not least Miwako Date, executive managing director, Mori Trust Co, also the president and CEO of Mori Trust Hotels and Resorts, will speak on ‘Luxury Travel: The Investors View’. Date’s keynote speech will uncover the current global movement of increased inbound tourism to Japan, as well as the future of luxury hotels through the lens of the Mori Trust’s most recent experiences of developments in Kyoto.

“We are delighted that ILTM Japan 2016 will attract such a prestigious list of speakers,” enthused Alison Gilmore, director, ILTM Portfolio.

“Each will provide tangible business advice that could result in real fiscal benefits for the luxury travel professionals present at the event’s Opening Forum. It is rare to bring together in one place, on one stage, such a distinguished group of industry leaders,” she concluded.