Connecting the value of travel with the values of the traveller.
• Nicholas Clayton: CEO Capella Hotel Group (Singapore)
• David Prior: Co-Founder & CEO PRIOR (USA)
• Penny Rafferty: Head of Sustainability Tourism Australia (Australia)
• Martin Frankenberg: President of BLTA and Former Managing Partner Matueté (Brazil)
MEET OUR SPEAKERS:
Penny Rafferty has been the Executive Officer of Luxury Lodges of Australia since it formed in 2010. This collective voice of independently owned and operated lodges and camps across Australia helped shape and define Australia’s high-end experiential travel. She has led the development of Tourism Australia’s Premium strategy since 2017 and has recently transitioned to head up Tourism Australia’s sustainability strategy, helping to articulate and amplify the many sustainability legacy stories of Australian tourism. Prior to this, she was general manager of The Louise, Barossa Valley, one of the founding members of Luxury Lodges of Australia. Penny’s career includes 9 years in the UK and South Africa, as well as Australia, honing her marketing skills in the travel and tourism and associated industries including wine, performing arts and festivals, events, and publishing.
Nicholas Clayton has been the Chief Executive Officer of Capella Hotel Group since 2015. Mr. Clayton brings with him a depth of global experience in hotel development and operations with preeminent luxury brands. A visionary leader with a proven track record, Mr. Clayton is leading Capella Hotel Group’s continued global expansion plan for Capella Hotels and Resorts and Patina Hotels and Resorts. Mr. Clayton is an internationally acclaimed business leader in the hospitality industry. Most recently, he was the Chief Executive Officer, Operations, of Jumeirah Group and prior to that, he was the President of the Viceroy Hotel Group. Mr. Clayton’s solid foundation in luxury hotel development and operations is built upon three decades of an illustrious career with some of the world’s most respectable brands such as Ritz Carlton, Mandarin Oriental, and Four Seasons. His professional journey has taken him across the Americas, Middle East, Europe, and Asia Pacific.
David Prior, CEO and Co-founder of PRIOR, a community for curious travelers, that creates a global calendar of cultural celebrations and designs tailor-made travel. Noted by the Financial Times as ‘One of New York’s most connected editor-storytellers,’ David built his reputation as an authority on food, travel, and style as Contributing International Editor at Condé Nast Traveler and a Contributing Editor at Vogue Living. In 2017, after co-founding PRIOR, he was named by Bloomberg as ‘One to Watch’ in 2018 as part of the publication’s prestigious “Global 50: the people who defined business in 2017,” and was honored by former New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg. Condé Nast Traveler described him as having ‘an unrivaled black book of contacts’ and Travel Weekly predicted he will ‘influence the future of the travel industry.’ He began his career working alongside iconic American restaurateur, author, and activist Alice Waters and is a graduate of the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy.
Martin Frankenberg, former Managing Partner of Matueté, one of the top luxury travel companies in Brazil, a List Travel Leisure every year since 2012 and Conde Nast Top Travel Specialist every year since 2010. Currently, Martin is the President of BLTA, Brazilian Luxury Travel Association, that gathers the main luxury hotels and inbound travel operators in Brazil, whose aim is to promote high level tourism locally. As President his role is to give strategic direction to the organization and to act as the spokesperson of this very strategic part of the tourism value chain in Brazil. Martin is a specialist with deep knowledge of the most important destinations and unique attractions, and is also specialized in what is most exotic, fascinating, and exclusive within the sophisticated menu offered by luxury tourism throughout the world. Currently engaged in projects related to education and travel.
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