Wednesday 15 May
All Day
8:30 AM
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6:30 PM
Attendee Services Desk and Networking Showcase Open Beursfoyer, Ground Floor
Check in and pick up your all-access conference credentials.
8:30 AM – 6:30 PM
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Battleground and Launch
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
Battleground and Launch Sessions
Get ready for fresh ideas! Battleground and Launch feature some of travel's newest innovations.
9:00 AM – 11:12 AM
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Networking Break Graanbeurszaal, Ground Floor
11:12 AM – 11:30 AM
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Breakouts
Breakout sessions take place on the first floor of the Beurs van Berlage. Other locations are noted. All times shown are CEST (UTC +2).
11:30 AM
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12:55 PM
Breakout Sessions
Attendees immerse themselves in an intimate, interactive environment to learn about hot topics impacting today's travel marketplace. Interested in ... [read more]
11:30 AM – 12:05 PM
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Breakout Sessions
Attendees immerse themselves in an intimate, interactive environment to learn about hot topics impacting today's travel marketplace. Interested in ... [read more]
12:20 PM – 12:55 PM
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Lunch
12:55 PM
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2:00 PM
Networking Lunch Grote Zaal, Ground Floor
12:55 PM – 2:00 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).
2:00 PM
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5:45 PM
Executive Interview: eDreams ODIGEO
The largest European-based OTA knows what it takes to compete against the big guys while maintaining local leadership. Hear from the CEO how ... [read more]
Dana Dunne, CEO, eDreams ODIGEOInterviewer Lorraine Sileo, Senior Vice President, Research and Business Operations, Phocuswright Inc.
2:15 PM – 2:35 PM
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Executive Roundtable: Brexit - Dead Ahead
One of Europe's most influential online travel markets is leaving the European Union. How will the U.K. go it alone, and which markets and major ... [read more]
Panelists Jim Cathcart, Director of Policy and Regulation, UKHospitalityIan Coyle, CEO, HolidayTaxis GroupGloria Guevara Manzo, President & CEO, World Travel & Tourism CouncilChristina Russe, Deputy Secretary General, ECTAAMark Tanzer, Chief Executive, ABTAModerator Dirk Rogl, Research Analyst and Content Specialist, Europe, Phocuswright Inc.
2:35 PM – 3:10 PM
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Executive Interview: Costa Crociere
How can an entrenched cruise brand like Costa Crociere keep digital transformation at the forefront? Its tech leader explains how risk taking and ... [read more]
Norbert Stiekema, Chief Strategy and Digital Officer, Costa Crociere S.p.A.Interviewer Lorraine Sileo, Senior Vice President, Research and Business Operations, Phocuswright Inc.
3:10 PM – 3:30 PM
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Networking Break Graanbeurszaal, Ground Floor
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
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Executive Interview: Airbnb
Airbnb has redefined lodging - making home and apartment rentals simple and mainstream. Now it is redefining itself, expanding into new businesses ... [read more]
Jeroen Merchiers, Managing Director, EMEA, AirbnbInterviewer Kevin May, Editor in Chief, PhocusWire
4:00 PM – 4:20 PM
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Executive Roundtable: Tech Heads
Digital transformation is a mantra for the modern travel brand. Leading these efforts are the tech heads - those critical figures throughout the ... [read more]
Panelists Dara Brady, Digital Director, Ryanair Ltd.Ian Di Tullio, SVP, Guest Services, AccorChristian Langer, VP, Digital Strategy, Lufthansa GroupDirk Tietz, Chief Digital & Transformation Officer, DER Touristik GroupModerator Peter O'Connor, Senior Market Analyst, Europe, Phocuswright Inc.
4:20 PM – 4:50 PM
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Phocuswright Research & Executive Roundtable: Experience This!
Motivated by tech-savvy travelers and enabled by powerful platforms, tour and activity suppliers are getting online … and fast! Explore how the ... [read more]
Panelists Javier Arévalo, Managing Director, Beyond The Bed, HotelbedsRam Papatla, Vice President, Global Experiences, Booking.comAlessandro Petazzi, CEO, Musement – a TUI companyLax Poojary, Founder, Touring Bird (Area 120 - Google)Moderator Alice Jong, Research Manager, Phocuswright Inc.
4:50 PM – 5:25 PM
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Spotlight Interview: HolidayPirates
Need inspiration? The CEO of a leading travel deals site in Europe sheds light on the company's role and aspirations in the travel landscape.
David Armstrong, CEO, HolidayPirates
5:25 PM – 5:40 PM
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Phocuswright Innovation Awards Ceremony
Find out the winners of Battleground and Launch!
5:40 PM – 5:45 PM
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Happy Hour
5:45 PM
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7:15 PM
Center Stage Reception Graanbeurszaal, Ground Floor
End the busy day by mingling with innovators, making new connections and recapping the day's sessions with other attendees.
5:45 PM – 7:15 PM
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Note: All conference information (including program, speakers, etc.) is subject to change without notice.