ILTM Global Forum


    Travel has long been shaped by its relationship to the natural world, from tracing ancient myths to capturing the ebb and flow of life across continents. But, as luxury travel itineraries continue on a path from relaxation to edification by way of memorable experiences, travel designers are becoming increasingly attuned to the challenges of the present.

    In its 16th edition, ILTM explores a world increasingly caught between extremes. Featuring leading figures from politics, business, and technology, The World In... looks ahead to a second year for the American presidency, the political and economic challenges of Brexit, and the changing landscape of the affluent mindset internationally, to explore the forecasts of 5 globally-minded experts, The World In... is an event dedicated to predictions of global trends and future affairs.

    Be inspired by leading thinkers as they take a provocative and enlightening look at the year ahead in an evening of intelligent entertainment with ILTM.

  • The Future of...

    POLITICS by Chris Kutarna, Author, Age of Discovery

    Not so long ago, the European Union was inseparable, Trump was unelectable, globalization was irreversible, science was incontrovertible and even the democratization of China was inevitable.

    A second Age of Discovery is upon us. All the signs herald its arrival. But to navigate it, we’re going to need to make new maps. Chris tears up the out-dated thinking that has prepared us so poorly for the events of recent years. He tears up the unconscious biases that obscure our understanding of present political, economic, technological and social trends. And he draws a fresh vision to help you captain humanity’s voyage to the New World.


    Oxford scholar and author of The Age of Discovery, Kutarna’s open letters, posted weekly, are deemed required reading by some of the world’s smartest people and shape debate in media, boardrooms and classrooms around the world. In his best-selling book, he drew upon Renaissance wisdom to predict both Brexit and Trump.

    “Age of Discovery is an important book in a time where the world is dividing and retreating. Chris takes us on a powerful journey…This book will help the world courageously realize the opportunities ahead of us.” - Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group

  • TECHNOLOGY by David Rowan, Editor-at-large, WIRED

    We are entering a fast-moving world of artificial intelligence, virtual reality, hyperloops and brain-controlled computing. How will these tech developments impact on luxury travel? David Rowan, founding editor of WIRED magazine's UK edition, takes 125 flights a year to investigate the research labs and startups building the future. He offers insights from the front line of innovation on how everything to autonomous travel to immersive experiences will change the expectations of tomorrow's discerning traveller. Already this year we have had Elon Musk promising to fly us from Europe to Australia in an hour; two German companies launching their flying cars; and AIs beating the world's best games players. Do you have a strategy to prepare for the demands of the near future?


    David Rowan has travelled the world investigating the companies and entrepreneurs changing our world, spending time with the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Spotify, Nest, Xiaomi and many other disruptive start-ups from Tel Aviv to Shenzhen. Rowan has written columns in GQ, Condé Nast Traveller, Campaign, The Times and The Guardian. He has made TV films for Channel 4 News; and has written long features for The Telegraph Magazine, Sunday Times Magazine and Observer. He is currently writing a book about the innovation models that smart companies are using.

  • WORK by Jess Kimball Leslie, Chief Futurist, OgilvyRED

    Never before have companies tried so hard to employ so few people. In recent years, an onslaught of the world’s brightest economists and academics have sounded the same alarm; vociferously declaring that the economy has begun rapidly changing. In addition to these academics, the world’s most visionary CEOs have quietly been preparing their business models for a world in which our economy is structured very differently. At some point, when the problem is not just Uber but driverless Uber, and when the radiologists start losing their jobs to AI, the travel industry is going to have to figure out what this means for us. What does your future luxury travel career look like? Join one of the world's leading futurists to find out.


    Jess Kimball Leslie is a technology writer the Chief Futurist of OgilvyRED. Her work has been appeared in Wired, TechCrunch, Forbes, The New York Observer, Elle Magazine, New York Magazine, Campaign Magazine, Inc., Newsweek, and many more publications. Her first book was published by Hachette Book Group in 2017. Jess frequently appears on television and radio, where's she's known for making early calls on companies like Yahoo!, Snapchat and Twitter. Her annual trend reports are read all over the world.

  • LUXURY by Marc-André Kamel, Partner & Director, Bain & Co.

    Traditional luxury market segmentation is losing relevance. From the dawn of post-aspirational luxury, to the rocketing importance of ‘values’ over ‘status’, everything we once knew is changing, and fast.

    Bain & Co. has been ahead of every emerging trend in luxury for decades. One of the world’s leading authorities on luxury trends, find out what they know about what’s happening to the affluent mindset right now, what they predict for the future, and their recommendations for the luxury travel CEO’s ideal Monday morning agenda.


    Bain & Company is one of the world’s top business consulting firms. Marc-André is a recognised expert in the business of luxury and has 30 years of management consulting experience, working with CEOs and senior management. Throughout his career, Marc-André has advised numerous luxury brands on achieving profitable growth, developing better customer insights, enhancing their marketing, expanding into emerging markets and weathering economic downturns. His perspectives on luxury markets have been quoted in international business media, such as The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, The New York Times, Forbes, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and Reuters.

  • SUSTAINABILITY by Onno Poortier, Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO, NOW Transforming Hospitality Gmbh

    Hoteliers started to discuss the “green issue” in the late 1980’s after a UN report raised awareness of the disturbing relations between human society and the natural environment. Here we are thirty years later and climate change has become the defining predicament of our time. But while many hotels are doing excellent work, we are still hesitant to talk about the issues.

    Travel is the world’s largest and fastest growing industry and it is our job to inspire and empower the traveller to make a sustainable difference. Onno Poortier explains why boldly advancing sustainability, social responsibility and principled business practice are the biggest opportunities of our time. It matters ... it must be NOW!


    One of the world’s most respected hoteliers and a professional with five decades experience running international luxury hotel brands, Mr Poortier played a leading role in The Peninsula Group’s expansion into the USA and Asia Pacific, where as President he oversaw the acquisition and development of Peninsula Hotels in New York, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Beijing, Bangkok, and Tokyo. As the Co-Founder of NOW, Mr Poortier has turned his attention towards the most urgent issue of our lifetime, perhaps the biggest issue in all of human history, a legacy project with a mission to boldly advance sustainability, social responsibility and principled business practice in the hospitality and travel industry to combat climate change.

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