Thursday 16 May
All Day
8:30 AM
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4:30 PM
Attendee Services Desk and Networking Showcase Open Beursfoyer, Ground Floor
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).
9:00 AM
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11:30 AM
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 AM – 9:30 AM
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The Asian Traveller And What’s Driving Them
Louise Daley, Deputy CEO, Asia Pacific, Accor shares key findings from a new piece of research which reveals spending habits and triggers for ... [read more]
Louise Daley, Deputy CEO, Asia Pacific, Accor
9:30 AM – 9:40 AM
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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]
Panelists William Bao Bean, Managing Director, Chinaccelerator and General Partner, SOSVLouise Daley, Deputy CEO, Asia Pacific, AccorAndrea Traversone, Partner, Amadeus Capital PartnersModerator Siew Hoon Yeoh, Founder, WIT and Editorial Director, Northstar Travel Group Asia
9:40 AM – 10:10 AM
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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 AM – 10:30 AM
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Spotlight: The Middle East Opportunity
WiT Middle East was held in Dubai on April 9 this year. In this session, we look through the lens of two industry pioneers in the region to ... [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 AM – 10:55 AM
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Networking Break Sponsored by: wbe.travel Graanbeurszaal, Ground Floor
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).
11:30 AM
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1:05 PM
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 AM – 11:50 AM
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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 AM – 12:15 PM
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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 PM – 12:40 PM
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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, Amadeus IT Group S.A.Filip Filipov, Vice President Product Management, SkyscannerDakota Smith, Chief Strategy Officer, Hopper Inc.Moderator Dirk Rogl, Research Analyst and Content Specialist, Europe, Phocuswright Inc.
12:40 PM – 1:05 PM
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Lunch
1:05 PM
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2:05 PM
Networking Lunch
1:05 PM – 2:05 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).
2:05 PM
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4:30 PM
Phocuswright Research Presentation
Phocuswright unveils new insights on European traveler preferences, behaviors and key influences in destination choice.
Maggie Rauch, Senior Director, Research, Phocuswright Inc.
2:05 PM – 2:15 PM
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Tech Talk: Arise
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
2:15 PM – 2:30 PM
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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, BlaBlaCarAaron Gowell, Co-Founder and Chief Conductor, SilverRail TechnologiesNils Hartgen, Managing Director Digital Business, Deutsche Bahn Vertrieb GmbHJulien Nicolas, Deputy CEO, OUI.sncfModerator Dirk Rogl, Research Analyst and Content Specialist, Europe, Phocuswright Inc.
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
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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
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM
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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, AwazeTalkbacker Daniel Krisch, Senior Director Hospitality Strategy, Oracle
3:15 PM – 3:45 PM
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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
3:45 PM – 4:05 PM
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Executive Interview: Expedia Group
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 Other Speakers, TBAJan Valentin, CEO & Founder, Ennea
4:05 PM – 4:30 PM
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Note: All conference information (including program, speakers, etc.) is subject to change without notice.