WIT Europe 2018: Better Travel in Asia

Following the launch of its theme “Better Travel” at WIT Singapore 2017, Asia’s leading travel technology conference brings its unerring eye on Asia to the Phocuswright Europe stage.

What does Better Travel look like in Asia? What innovations can change the future? How can European brands seize digital travel in this region of 4.42 billion people with a rapidly growing middle class?

It's no surprise that the Asia Pacific region represents 31% of online travel bookings among the Big Three (U.S., Europe and APAC). WIT Europe reimagines the new opportunities that exist in the world's fastest-growing travel market for European travel brands. For too long, the Asia story has been one of potential. With APAC's online gross bookings jumping to US$145.9B in 2017 (catching up quickly to the U.S. and Europe), it is time to change the conversation and reimagine the new reality - that if you want growth, you need to win and succeed in Asia.

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Leading innovation in mobile in markets such as China, South Korea and Japan; rapid tech adoption across emerging countries; and rising incomes in this region of 4.42B people have created the most dynamic and potentially lucrative market for brands wanting to expand across Asia or wanting to attract travelers from Asia. 

Hear the perspectives of the leading travel insiders from Asia as well as European brands who have successfully expanded in the region. Arm yourself with the right knowledge, insights and practical skills to succeed in Asia! Join us at Phocuswright Europe in Amsterdam, May 15-17.

WIT Europe 2018 Program (Thursday, 17 May, 9:00h-11:00h)

Setting the Stage: Better Travel in Asia
Siew Hoon Yeoh, Founder, WIT and Editorial Director, Northstar Travel Group Asia

Investors Roundtable: Follow the Money
Panelists
Fritz Demopoulos, Founder, Queen's Road Capital
Ben Johnson, Partner, Vitruvian Partners
Andrea Traversone, Partner, Amadeus Capital Partners
Lin Xu, Partner & Advisor, Asia, Cambon Partners
Moderator
Siew Hoon Yeoh, Founder, WIT and Editorial Director, Northstar Travel Group Asia

Executive Interivew: Ctrip
Shiwei Zhou, Head of Investment and Investor Relations, Ctrip.com International, Ltd.
Interviewer
Siew Hoon Yeoh, Founder, WIT and Editorial Director, Northstar Travel Group Asia

Keynote: Asia is Eating the World
Filip Filipov, Vice President Product Management, Skyscanner

Executive Roundtable: Lessons from Asia
Panelists
Rod Cuthbert, Executive Chairman, Rome2rio
Stephan Ekbergh, Founder and CEO, Travelstart
Bobby Healy, CTO, CarTrawler
Kei Shibata, Co-Founder and CEO, Venture Republic Inc.
Moderator
Siew Hoon Yeoh, Founder, WIT and Editorial Director, Northstar Travel Group Asia

The WIT Great Debate
Panelists
Blanca Menchaca, Co-Founder & COO, BeMyGuest Pte. Ltd.
Martin Symes, Owner, MS Consult

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