Opening Speech

  • Opening Speeches & Welcome Cocktail

    Venue: Fairmont Mayakoba
    Speeches: 5pm – 6pm
    Cocktail: 6pm – 8pm

    The ILTM North America Opening Speeches and Cocktail are your chance to meet your fellow attendees and catch some truly inspiring content. Each year we pick a conversation we want to lead the week with; we pick the experts we love, we add some cocktails, some music, a beautiful setting, and the final – and most important – ingredient, is you! This year, as part of ILTM’s Year of Health and Wellness, we are paying homage to our coastal home and asking you to journey deeper...

  • "Journey Deeper"

    Life in all parts of the sea is linked. In the 1960s, The USA’s pioneering studies of sea life were the first to persuade a wide audience of the interconnectedness of all life, they showed how human health and well-being ties in with the health of our environment, leading to the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970.

    This year, ILTM North America celebrates the capacious beauty and mysteries of the ocean. From activities designed to calm the flow of your mind, to chances to dive deep into the mind-set of the new North American luxury traveller, our mix of business and friendship, cocktails and conversation, provides the perfect backdrop for you to connect with nature, the industry and each other.


  • Pedro Andrade

    ABC host, correspondent for Nightline and Good Morning America, and presenter of Brazils highest rated travel show, Pedro Pelo Mundo | @pedroandradetv

    Pedro will be our host for the Opening.

  • Empower Your Posture and Mind

    Julien Paccaud | Founder of Ecologie du corps | @my_body_ecology

    Julien discovered the power of Osteopathy as an athlete when he was French national Barefoot Water Ski Champion in 1992. Thus, he became an osteopath in 2000 and founded his own company, My Body Ecology. Since 2010, he has been serving as a health advisor for Chanel, in charge of their health prevention campaign that involves the make-up artists, fashion advisors, and spa beauticians from Chanel Europe.

    ILTM’s Resident Posturologist will explore how you can minimize the impacts of your posture and bring more energy to your life and work. Ultimately teaching you how to efficiently stay in great shape – both in body and mind.

  • The Future of Luxury Wellness Travel: 8 Trends to Watch

    Susie Ellis | Founder, Chairman & CEO, Global Wellness Summit and Chairman & CEO, Global Wellness Institute | @globalwellnesssummit

    The wellness travel concept only burst into consumer consciousness a few short years ago, and yet, by 2022, it will approach a $1 trillion market. In record time it’s radically shaken up the very ideas of what a “vacation” and “luxury” mean: from excess and flashy amenities to a new demand for destinations that personally transform us, heal us, and reset our mind and body.

    Ellis will present eight trends that will define the future moves and conversation in the luxury wellness travel space. Not short-life, “trendy” trends, but the provocative new directions in wellness travel that are grounded in powerful cultural and demographic shifts – and that will rise to meet the deepest psychic needs of tomorrow’s luxury traveller.

  • Wilderness and Wellbeing: Nature's Secret Influence on Our Mental Health

    Dr. Tierney Thys | National Geographic Explorer, biologist, filmmaker and Ambassador of the Oceans. | @tierneythys

    The idea that nature can restore health is age-old but how does it work? Recent advances in neuroscience and other scientific disciplines are revealing how both real and virtual nature influence everything from our minds to our micro-biome.

    In this talk, we explore some of nature’s hidden powers and share how wellbeing programs, at both the personal and policy levels, can light the way to a brighter future for humanity and all biodiversity.

  • Immediately following the Opening Speech, please join us for a Welcome Cocktail sponsored by Fairmont Mayakoba and AccorHotels

    This two-stop cocktail will showcase some very distinct Accor brands, introducing you to signature drinks from M Gallery and contemporary art from 21c Museum Hotels to poolside partying courtesy of SLS. We recommend everyone dresses Beach Chic – dressed up enough to keep it hot inside and chilled enough to keep it cool outside!

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