Thursday 17 May
All Day
Attendee Services Desk Open
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
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Networking Showcase Open
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
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WIT Europe
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).
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, ... [read more]
Siew Hoon Yeoh, Founder, WIT and Editorial Director, Northstar Travel Group Asia
9:00 AM – 9:25 AM
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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 ... [read more]
Fritz Demopoulos, Founder, Queen's Road CapitalInterviewer Siew Hoon Yeoh, Founder, WIT and Editorial Director, Northstar Travel Group Asia
9:25 AM – 9:40 AM
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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 PartnersAndrea Traversone, Partner, Amadeus Capital PartnersLin Xu, Partner & Advisor, Asia, Cambon PartnersModerator Maggie Rauch, Senior Director, Research, Phocuswright Inc.
9:40 AM – 10:10 AM
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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. ... [read more]
Filip Filipov, Vice President Product Management, Skyscanner
10:10 AM – 10:20 AM
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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 ... [read more]
Panelists Rod Cuthbert, Executive Chairman, Rome2rioStephan Ekbergh, Founder and CEO, TravelstartBobby Healy, CTO, CarTrawlerKei Shibata, Co-Founder and CEO, Venture Republic Inc.Moderator Siew Hoon Yeoh, Founder, WIT and Editorial Director, Northstar Travel Group Asia
10:20 AM – 10:50 AM
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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? ... [read more]
Panelists Bobby Healy, CTO, CarTrawlerBlanca Menchaca, Co-Founder & COO, BeMyGuest Pte. Ltd.
10:50 AM – 11:00 AM
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Networking Break Sponsored by: Forter
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
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Center Stage
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).
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 ... [read more]
Jeroen Merchiers, Managing Director, EMEA, AirbnbInterviewer Douglas Quinby, Senior Analyst, Phocuswright Inc.
11:30 AM – 11:55 AM
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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, ... [read more]
Heike Birlenbach, SVP, Sales, Lufthansa Group Hub Airlines and CCO Hub Frankfurt, Lufthansa GroupPanelists Thane Jackson, Vice President, Global Distribution & Channel Strategy, BCD TravelGianni Pisanello, Vice President, Amadeus NDC-X, Amadeus IT Group S.A.Guillaume Teissonniere, Vice Chair, ETTSA and General Counsel & Company Secretary, eDreams ODIGEOModerator Kevin May, Editor in Chief, PhocusWire
11:55 AM – 12:35 PM
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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, SkyscannerMaksim Izmaylov, CEO, Winding TreeJoost Ouwerkerk, Co-Founder and CTO, Hopper Inc.
12:35 PM – 1:05 PM
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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 HotelsGiovanna Manzi, CEO, Best Western ItalyConstantin Rehberg, Chief Digital Officer, PrizeotelModerator Giancarlo Carniani, Market Analyst, Italy, Phocuswright Inc.
1:05 PM – 1:35 PM
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Lunch
Networking Lunch Sponsored by: Chargebacks911
1:35 PM – 2:45 PM
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Center Stage
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).
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 ... [read more]
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
2:45 PM – 3:10 PM
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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 ... [read more]
Richard Holden, Vice President, Product Management, GoogleInterviewer Douglas Quinby, Senior Analyst, Phocuswright Inc.
3:10 PM – 3:35 PM
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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.ukClare Gilmartin, CEO, TrainlineBoris Raoul, CEO, Invia Group GermanyModerator Lorraine Sileo, Senior Vice President, Research and Business Operations, Phocuswright Inc.
3:35 PM – 4:05 PM
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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 ... [read more]
Olivier Gremillon, Vice President, Home Division, Booking.comInterviewer Douglas Quinby, Senior Analyst, Phocuswright Inc.
4:05 PM – 4:30 PM
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Note: All conference information (including program, speakers, etc.) is subject to change without notice.