Thursday 16 May
All Day
8:30
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16:30
Attendee Services Desk Open Beursfoyer, Ground Floor
8:30 – 16:30
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Networking Showcase Open Graanbeurszaal, Ground Floor
8:30 – 16:30
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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).
9:00
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11:30
Kick-Off: Through the Looking Glass
This year’s WiT Europe takes a peek “Through The Looking Glass” at the key trends driving and influencing two of the world’s largest and fastest ... [read more]
Siew Hoon Yeoh, Founder, WiT and Editorial Director, Northstar Travel Group Asia
9:00 – 9:30
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Through the Lens of Investors
What's happening with the flow of capital to startups in Asia? Is it drying up? Is there a flight to quality? If so, what's quality and what's hot? ... [read more]
William Bao Bean, Managing Director, Chinaccelerator and General Partner, SOSVPanelists Andrea Traversone, Partner, Amadeus Capital PartnersLin Xu, Partner China, Cambon PartnersModerator Siew Hoon Yeoh, Founder, WiT and Editorial Director, Northstar Travel Group Asia
9:30 – 10:10
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Lessons, Insights & Truths From Asia
We look through the lens of global brands which have built up strong businesses in Asia and learn from their mistakes and experiences.
Panelists Mieke De Schepper, Executive Vice President, Online Travel Companies & Managing Director, Asia Pacific, AmadeusJeff Lewis, Vice President Technology, Strategic Initiatives, TripAdvisorModerator Maggie Rauch, Senior Director, Research, Phocuswright Inc.
10:10 – 10:30
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Spotlight: The Middle East Opportunity
Following up on WiT Middle East, we look through the lens of two industry pioneers in the region to summarize the key trends happening in a market ... [read more]
Panelists Stephan Ekbergh, Founder & CEO, TravelstartRoss Veitch, CEO & Co-Founder, Wego Pte Ltd.Moderator Siew Hoon Yeoh, Founder, WiT and Editorial Director, Northstar Travel Group Asia
10:30 – 10:55
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Networking Break Sponsored by: wbe.travel Graanbeurszaal, Ground Floor
11:00 – 11:30
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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).
11:30
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13:05
Executive Interview: Founders Factory
The co-founder of one of Europe's most iconic brands, lastminute.com, is back to share his perspective on the state of travel, the pace of ... [read more]
Brent Hoberman, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, firstminute capital, Founders Factory, Founders ForumInterviewer Lorraine Sileo, Senior Vice President, Research and Business Operations, Phocuswright Inc.
11:30 – 11:50
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Executive Interview: Facebook
Facebook has taken the rise in mobile shopping and sharing to new heights. But even the world's largest social network must constantly innovate to ... [read more]
Nikhilesh Ponde, Head of Global Travel Strategy, Facebook Inc.Interviewer Peter O'Connor, Senior Market Analyst, Europe, Phocuswright Inc.
11:50 – 12:15
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Executive Interview: Booking.com
As Europe's vacation rental and private accommodation market heats up, the big boys are elbowing into the space, and everyone from traditional ... [read more]
Olivier Gremillon, Vice President, Global Segments, Booking.comInterviewer Maggie Rauch, Senior Director, Research, Phocuswright Inc.
12:15 – 12:40
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Executive Roundtable: Direct and Connected - Is NDC Ready for Take-Off?
IATA's New Distribution Capabilities play a significant role, especially in Europe where direct connect and direct distribution strategies for ... [read more]
Panelists Stefan Betz, Head of Strategy, Commercials & Customer Engagements, Amadeus NDC-X Program, AmadeusBrian Carroll, VP Corporate Development, Hopper Inc.Filip Filipov, Vice President Product Management, SkyscannerModerator Dirk Rogl, Research Analyst and Content Specialist, Europe, Phocuswright Inc.
12:40 – 13:05
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Lunch
13:05
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14:05
Networking Lunch Sponsored by: Travel Technology Europe Grote Zaal, Ground Floor
13:05 – 14:05
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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).
14:05
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16:30
Phocuswright Research: Europe Consumer Travel Trends
Phocuswright unveils new insights on European traveler preferences, behaviors and key influences in destination choice.
Maggie Rauch, Senior Director, Research, Phocuswright Inc.
14:05 – 14:15
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Tech Talk: Arise Travel
By now we’re all familiar with blockchain, but perhaps not so much it’s practice in travel. Arise introduces us to how distributed ledger ... [read more]
Nadim El Manawy, CEO, Arise Travel
14:15 – 14:30
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Executive Roundtable: At the Speed of Rail
National borders have isolated Europe's railway operations, but not for long. Market leaders from all facets of the industry explore the strategies ... [read more]
Panelists Philippe Cayrol, VP Corporate and Business Development, BlaBlaCarThomas Drexler, Senior Associate Partner, The Travel Consulting GroupAaron Gowell, Co-Founder and Chief Conductor, SilverRail TechnologiesJulien Nicolas, Deputy CEO, OUI.sncfModerator Dirk Rogl, Research Analyst and Content Specialist, Europe, Phocuswright Inc.
14:30 – 15:00
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Tech Talk: SITA
Biometric technology is becoming an accepted part of the journey for travelers in more parts of the world. Hear from Sean Farrell on how this ... [read more]
Sean Farrell, Portfolio Director, Passenger Processing & Self Service, SITA
15:00 – 15:15
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Keynote: Awaze
A new name and CEO have given Awaze (fka Wyndham Vacation Rentals Europe) a fresh start in the hyper competitive private accommodation space. How ... [read more]
Henrik Kjellberg, CEO, AwazeTalkbackers Michael Coletta, Manager of Research and Innovation, Phocuswright Inc.Daniel Krisch, Senior Director Hospitality Strategy, Oracle
15:15 – 15:45
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Tech Talk: Google
How can machine learning, data and other modern technologies improve the travel experience? Hear how Google thinks about solving pain points and ... [read more]
Thijs Van As, Lead Product Manager, Google Flights, Google
15:45 – 16:05
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Executive Interview & Roundtable: Expedia and the Future of OTAs
As Expedia continues to prioritize its expansion internationally, what's the impact on the rest of the industry? And what does the shifting ... [read more]
Cyril Ranque, President, Lodging Partner Services, Expedia Group, Inc.Panelists Jan Valentin, CEO & Founder, EnneaTerry Von Bibra, General Manager, Europe, Alibaba GroupModerator Kevin May, Editor in Chief, PhocusWire
16:05 – 16:30
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Note: All conference information (including program, speakers, etc.) is subject to change without notice.