MINISTRY OF IDEAS 2013

Invention, artistry and fearlessness – these are the characteristics that mark out the visionaries in contemporary travel from the imitators. LE Miami 2013 kicked off with our twist on the conference, Ministry of Ideas, under the theme ‘Be Courageous. Create’ and with big-name speakers including Seth Godin and Ian Schrager. Designed to celebrate the experimental ideas taking place at the boundaries of high-end travel, we invited speakers from the travel and creative industries to give their perspective on hot topics from digital media to food design.

Marketing mastermind Seth Godin and legendary hotelier Ian Schrager both emphasised how the modern travel marketplace opens up opportunities to embrace risk, Be Courageous and Create. Given that the industry is undergoing a seismic shift from selling rooms to selling experiences, all our speakers focused on the ways in which travel brands can create unique experiences in tune with the emerging creative class. Seth argued that everybody needs to become an ‘artist’ in order to survive; our In Conversation speakers demonstrated how to translate this artistry into your product through music, technology, food and location; and Ian explained what it takes to create magic that revolutionises an industry.

2013 SPEAKERS

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CARLOS COUTURIER

Carlos Couturier serves as creative force and Managing Partner for Grupo Habita, which owns and manages Condesadf, DESEO [Hotel +...
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CHARLIE OSMOND

Charlie is the Founder of Triptease, a new travel review website and iPad app that allows users to create beautiful,...
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CHRISTOPHE PRADÈRE

Multicultural designer Christophe Pradère founded global design entity BTEC Design Agency in 2000. As CEO he focuses on global design...
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CLAUS SENDLINGER

As the founder and CEO of Design Hotels™, Claus has been at the forefront of the boutique hotel evolution for...
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DOMINIC PURVIS

Dominic is responsible for marketing and sales for the Swire Hotels portfolio of brands and for the development of a...
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FRØYSTAD+KLOCK

Marte Frøystad and Runa Klock create experimental, imaginative products that challenge conventional thinking. Their latest idea takes them into food...
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IAN SCHRAGER

Since co-founding legendary nightclubs Studio 54 and Palladium, entrepreneur Ian Schrager has been a truly revolutionary force within the travel...
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JARED DIETCH

DJ, Producer and Music Entrepreneur Jared Dietch has been spinning in New York City clubs and internationally for over 15...
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JOHN GIANQUITTO

John Gianquitto is Chairman, Chief Executive and joint owner of The Appointment Group Ltd (TAG), a renowned international travel and...
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SETH GODIN

Marketing mastermind Seth Godin’s ideas about the post-industrial revolution, new media and change are expressed in the world’s most popular...
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