Thursday, 17 May

All Day

8:30 - 16:30
8:30 – 16:30
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Attendee Services Desk Open

Beursfoyer, Ground Floor

8:30 – 16:30
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Networking Showcase Open

Graanbeurszaal, Ground Floor

WIT Europe

9:00 - 11:30

Sessions take place in Effectenbeurszaal on the ground floor of the Beurs van Berlage. Other locations are noted. All times shown are CEST (UTC +2).

9:00 – 9:25
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Setting the Stage: Better Travel in Asia

Arm yourself with the right knowledge, insights and practical skills to win - and succeed - in Asia! This 120-minute session, run by Web In Travel,…

Siew Hoon Yeoh, Founder, WIT and Editorial Director, Northstar Travel Group Asia

9:25 – 9:40
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Executive Interview: Queen’s Road Capital

Few people have their pulse on tech investments in Asia and China as closely as Fritz Demopoulos, the co-founder of Qunar and founding partner of…

Fritz Demopoulos, Founder, Queen's Road Capital
Interviewer
Siew Hoon Yeoh, Founder, WIT and Editorial Director, Northstar Travel Group Asia

9:40 – 10:10
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Investors Roundtable: Follow the Money

As funding flows into APAC, where's the money going? And what areas are investors eyeing and taking bets on?

Panelists
Mizuho Hiraguri, Corporate Development, Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd.
Ben Johnson, Partner, Vitruvian Partners
Andrea Traversone, Partner, Amadeus Capital Partners
Lin Xu, Partner & Advisor, Asia, Cambon Partners
Moderator
Maggie Rauch, Senior Director, Research, Phocuswright Inc.

10:10 – 10:20
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Keynote: Asia is Eating the World

Software is eating the world and everyone is starting to apply lessons from Asia globally, with the 'Amazon-ization' of travel leading the way.…

Filip Filipov, Vice President Product Management, Skyscanner

10:20 – 10:50
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Executive Roundtable: Lessons From Asia

We'll look at three of the biggest emerging sectors and see if we can take lessons from those who started their business in Asia or have invested…

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

10:50 – 11:00
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The WIT Great Debate

The Proposition: In the battle for Asia, will Asian tigers will win over global elephants? Can local win over global in a land where scale matters?…

Panelists
Bobby Healy, CTO, CarTrawler
Blanca Menchaca, Co-Founder & COO, BeMyGuest Pte. Ltd.

11:00 – 11:30
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Networking Break

Sponsored by: Forter

Graanbeurszaal, Ground Floor

Center Stage

11:30 - 13:35

Sessions take place in Effectenbeurszaal on the ground floor of the Beurs van Berlage. Other locations are noted. All times shown are CEST (UTC +2).

11:30 – 11:55
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Executive Interview: Airbnb

Airbnb has made staying in a home or apartment during travel mainstream, but its aspirations go far beyond private accommodation. As the company…

Jeroen Merchiers, Managing Director, EMEA, Airbnb
Interviewer
Douglas Quinby, Senior Analyst, Phocuswright Inc.

11:55 – 12:35
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Keynote: Lufthansa ... Panel: Airline Distribution at the Tipping Point

When it comes to disrupting air distribution, Lufthansa has always taken the lead. Hear how Lufthansa is redefining distribution strategies,…

Heike Birlenbach, SVP, Sales, Lufthansa Group Hub Airlines and CCO Hub Frankfurt, Lufthansa Group
Panelists
Thane Jackson, Vice President, Global Distribution & Channel Strategy, BCD Travel
Gianni Pisanello, Vice President, Amadeus NDC-X, Amadeus IT Group S.A.
Guillaume Teissonniere, Vice Chair, ETTSA and General Counsel & Company Secretary, eDreams ODIGEO
Moderator
Kevin May, Editor in Chief, PhocusWire

12:35 – 13:05
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3 in 30: The Tech Talk

Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Chats and Bots: See and understand the next level of technological innovation.

Bryan Dove, CTO, Skyscanner
Maksim Izmaylov, CEO, Winding Tree
Joost Ouwerkerk, Co-Founder and CTO, Hopper Inc.

13:05 – 13:35
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Executive Roundtable: The New Hotel Power in Europe

Hospitality distribution is becoming even more complex. Which new hotel brands are trying to steal the show?

Panelists
Michael Levie, Chief Operations Officer, citizenM Hotels
Giovanna Manzi, CEO, Best Western Italy
Constantin Rehberg, Chief Digital Officer, Prizeotel
Moderator
Giancarlo Carniani, Market Analyst, Italy, Phocuswright Inc.

Lunch

13:35 - 14:45
13:35 – 14:45
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Networking Lunch

Sponsored by: Chargebacks911

Grote Zaal, Ground Floor

Center Stage

14:45 - 16:30

Sessions take place in Effectenbeurszaal on the ground floor of the Beurs van Berlage. Other locations are noted. All times shown are CEST (UTC +2).

14:45 – 15:10
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Phocuswright Research/Panel: The Evolving Middle East Travel Market

Driven by an improved technology infrastructure and a young, adventurous population, the Middle East travel market is evolving fast. Learn just how…

Katrina Blunden, Market Analyst, Middle East, Phocuswright Inc.
Panelists
Muhammad Chbib, Founder and CEO, tajawal (Altayyar Travel Group)
Paul Hopkinson, Marketing Director, B2C Longhaul, dnata

15:10 – 15:35
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Executive Interview: Google

As Google continues to learn from its customers, new and innovative products continue to emerge. Hear what's next in Google's arsenal to inspire…

Richard Holden, Vice President, Product Management, Google
Interviewer
Douglas Quinby, Senior Analyst, Phocuswright Inc.

15:35 – 16:05
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Executive Roundtable: How to Succeed in Europe's OTA Landscape

When global giants are pushing the competition, specialization is key. Take a deep dive into Europe's changing OTA ecosystem.

Panelists
Seamus Conlon, Chief Executive, Cruise.co.uk
Clare Gilmartin, CEO, Trainline
Boris Raoul, CEO, Invia Group Germany
Moderator
Lorraine Sileo, Senior Vice President, Research and Business Operations, Phocuswright Inc.

16:05 – 16:30
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Executive Interview: Booking.com

It’s Booking.com’s next big bet: homes and apartments, on the beach or in the city. Hear from the OTA’s new vice president, Home Division, on how…

Olivier Gremillon, Vice President, Home Division, Booking.com
Interviewer
Douglas Quinby, Senior Analyst, Phocuswright Inc.

Note: All conference information (including program, speakers, etc.) is subject to change without notice.