LUXURY VOICES is a podcast about the luxury world in Asia with a focus on the Greater China market. We converse about all layers and segments of luxury, from lifestyle, travel and hospitality trends. Your host, Joanne Tang Founder & CEO of Infinite Luxury Group, will interview key players of the luxury industry, from all corners of the globe, to talk about their initiatives and experiences in conquering the Asian luxury consumer. Discover how leading luxury executives handle this growing market where luxury spending is the highest in the world, and gain a wealth of knowledge to harness this ever promising luxury market.
LUXURY VOICES is a podcast curated by Infinite Luxury Group, a luxury Sales, Marketing, Communications specialist based in Asia. www.infiniteluxurygroup.com
An island nation beyond a beach destination with Arvind Bundhun, Director, Mauritius Tourism Promotion
Our LUXURY VOICE today is Arvind Bundhun. Director of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) since June 2018, Arvind Bundhun has been actively engaged in promoting Mauritius as a tourist destination in all key markets worldwide. An active believer in partnership working, his focus is to improve the visibility of the destination’s brand through extensive marketing and promotional campaigns. Holder of a Masters’ Degree in Hotel Management and having an international exposure, Arvind Bundhun has held various management positions in the industry. Arvind believes that Mauritius is a melting cauldron of cultures, traditions, gastronomy, and this rich heritage helps to demarcate the island country from other competitors. In this episode Joanne and Arvind are discussing the reopening of the island to international tourists, the current situation on the island nation and marketing the destination to the Asian markets.
A positive outlook on sustainable tourism from the birthplace of safari, with Honorable Najib Balala, Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife, Government of Kenya
Our LUXURY VOICE today is Minister Najib Balala, EGH. Minister Balala was re-appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Tourism & Wildlife by the President of the Republic of Kenya in 2017, having served as a Cabinet Secretary for various Ministries. Minister Balala is also the Chairman of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Commission for Africa, a position he served earlier in 2011. He was also voted Best Tourism Minister in Africa in 2009 by Africa Investor (AI). Minister Balala is credited with steering Kenya’s tourism sector to recover various crises and he played a significant role in boosting tourism growth and stability in Kenyan and Africa regional tourism sector. He works closely with private and institutional investors, conservation, and regional development agencies to ensure that the economic potential of Tourism and Wildlife sectors are both prudently and sustainably managed. In this episode Joanne and Minister Balala discuss the current pandemic situation in Kenya, developing Kenya’s tourism infrastructure, combining, tourism and wildlife conservation sustainably and the importance of the Asian markets for the future.
The land of smiles brings its tourism into the future, with Siripakorn Cheawsamoot, Deputy Governor for Marketing & Communications, Tourism Authority of Thailand
Today’s Luxury Voice is Siripakorn Cheawsamoot, Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). TAT promotes its country’s tourism with a clear vision for world-class excellence in the promotion of modern tourism marketing. Siripakorn has been with TAT for over 30 years and has been based at TAT offices in Thailand, Hong Kong and London.
As Thailand borders reopen to international travel after over 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, TAT is committed to bringing travellers back to Thailand’s top tourist destination and transform the industry that is so important to the country’s economy. In this episode, Joanne and Siripakorn discuss Thailand’s tourism future, how to transform the industry, move upmarket to attract HNWI and how cryptocurrencies can play a role in the tourism economy.
The evolution of a paradise island destination with Raffaele Solferino, General Manager, Grand Park Kodhipparu, Maldives
Today’s LUXURY VOICE is Raffaele Solferino. General Manager, Grand Park Kodhipparu, Maldives.
Raffaele is an accomplished and highly effective hotel General Manager with a wealth of experience in luxury hotels and resorts around the world. Raffaele is from Italy and his passion to explore has led him to work in multiples countries spanning Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He now calls the Maldives home.
Grand Park Kodhipparu, Maldives is a luxurious one-island-one-resort destination featuring a collection of 120 idyllic beach-front pool villas, breathtaking overwater villas and spacious two-bedroom villas. Grand Park is located on the island of Kodhipparu in North Male Atoll famous for its dive sites and marine life. The 360° barefoot island adventure belongs to Park Hotel Group with nearly 30 hotels and resorts located across 11 key destinations within the Asia Pacific. In today’s episode Joanne and Raffaele are discussing the challenges that the pandemic brought to a remote location like the Maldives and what good you can do during such time. They will also speak about the road to recovery and the importance of the Asian markets in the future.
The edible and drinkable country focuses on sustainability with Susanne Andersson, CEO, Visit Sweden
Our LUXURY VOICE today is Susanne Andersson, the CEO of Visit Sweden. She has worked all her life in the hospitality business and is a much-appreciated entrepreneur. For several years she has also been involved in various national businesses in hospitality and employer organisations in Sweden. Visit Sweden is Sweden’s National Tourism Organisation governmentally owned and official marketing company of the tourist destination Sweden. Susanne has been stirring the organisation through the challenges of the pandemic and operated a shift with her team to support all the regions of Sweden to attract domestic market at first and then regional countries where travel was still possible. Joanne and Susanne will dig into the subject of domestic market promotion, they will also speak about the creative ideas generated in their last campaigns, talk about Sweden's sustainability initiatives and how important it is for overseas markets such as the Asian and Chinese markets.
Becoming the leader in lifestyle hospitality worldwide with Gary Rosen, Chief Executive Officer, Accor Greater China
Our LUXURY VOICE today is Gary Rosen, Chief Executive Officer, Accor Greater China. He has been responsible for Greater China for more than fifteen years and is known for his expertise in strategy formulation and creative revenue generation, combined with a passion for innovation and transformation. Prior to joining Accor as Chairman and Chief Operating Officer for Accor Greater China in September 2018, Gary was Chief Operating Officer of The Bicestor Village Shopping Collection, a chain of the world’s most unique and preferred luxury retail shopping destinations in China and Europe. Accor is a world leading hospitality group consisting of more than 5,200 properties and 10,000 food and beverage venues throughout 110 countries. In this episode Joanne and Gary talk about Accor’s strong development in China during the pandemic, sustainability, lifestyle hospitality leadership and more. An exciting episode full of positivity, confidence in the future of China tourism industry and exclusive announcements on LUXURY VOICES!
Great perspective in the market!
Really great to get the top of the top expert opinion on the luxury market and ideas. It was an instant addition to my weekly podcast list. Really a great find!
Being in the luxury industry in Asia, this is such a comprehensive podcast.