Phocuswright Europe 2018 Program

Tuesday, 15 May

All Day

11:00 - 18:30
11:00 – 18:30
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Attendee Services Desk Open

Beursfoyer, Ground Floor

We encourage you to stop by to pick up your conference credentials.

Cocktails

18:00 - 19:30
18:00 – 19:30
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Opening Reception

Sponsored by: IDA Ireland

Graanbeurszaal, Ground Floor

Join us for drinks and canapes as we kick off Phocuswright Europe!

Wednesday, 16 May

All Day

8:30 - 18:30
8:30 – 18:30
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Attendee Services Desk Open

Beursfoyer, Ground Floor

Check in and pick up your all-access conference credentials.

8:30 – 18:30
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Networking Showcase Open

Graanbeurszaal, Ground Floor

Battleground - Presented by Amadeus

9:00 - 10:50

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 – 9:05
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Welcome to Phocuswright Europe

Get ready for fresh ideas! Battleground and Launch feature some of travel's newest innovations.

Pete Comeau, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Phocuswright Inc.

9:05 – 9:15
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Phocuswright Research: State of Startups

Gain insights from Phocuswright’s State of Travel Startups report series, which measures founding and funding activity among global travel startups…

Michael Coletta, Manager of Research and Innovation, Phocuswright Inc.

9:15 – 9:20
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Welcome to Battleground

Pete Comeau, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Phocuswright Inc.

9:20 – 9:30
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MeetingPackage.com

We want to kill the traditional and unnecessary e-RFPs from the MICE industry by bringing the booking process 100% online.

Presenter
Joonas Ahola, CEO & Founder, MeetingPackage.com

9:30 – 9:40
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AdsHotel

Can AI increase and maximize hotel profits? We built a solution to get more direct bookings with low marketing fees.

Presenter
Filippo Fasolo, CEO, AdsHotel

9:40 – 9:50
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Sanctifly

See how frequent travelling has just become a healthier way of life for 500 million passengers.

Presenter
Karl Llewellyn, Founder, Sanctifly

9:50 – 10:00
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Booklyng

Use sophisticated tools to build personalized customer journeys that increase travel website sales by over 37% in one month.

Presenter
Francesco Canzoniere, CEO, Booklyng

10:00 – 10:10
 Add

Stasher

Get connected with vetted local businesses who can take care of your bag after check-out, so you can enjoy your day.

Presenter
Anthony Collias, Co-Founder and CCO, Stasher

10:10 – 10:20
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Situm

High precision indoor positioning technology with the shortest deployment time and low/zero infrastructure investment.

Presenter
Gregory Botanes, Vice President, Situm

10:20 – 10:30
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Keesy

A 24/7 vacation rental platform for self-check-in: Check-in? Done. Documents? Sent. Taxes? Paid. Host and guest? Free.

Presenter
Andrea Laghi, Business Development and Partnerships, Keesy

10:30 – 10:40
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Lanes & Planes

The first fully digital and holistic travel management solution for SMEs, with a B2C user experience in B2B quality.

Presenter
Veit Blumschein, Founder and CEO, Lanes & Planes

10:40 – 10:50
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Destygo

Travel companies use chatbot technology to build a smart assistant to automate customer relations on any channel.

Presenter
Guillaume Laporte, Co-Founder and CEO, Destygo

Launch

10:50 - 11:45

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).

10:50 – 11:00
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Welcome to Launch

Pete Comeau, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Phocuswright Inc.

11:00 – 11:10
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WIHP Hotels

Easily increase your direct bookings with Meta I/O, the universal metasearch advertising tool.

Presenter
Vincent Ramelli, Founder and CEO, WIHP Hotels

11:10 – 11:20
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Amadeus

Amadeus B2B Wallet - Orchestration applies real-time data and machine learning to help travel agencies decide how to pay their suppliers, for each…

Presenter
Daniel Greaves, Senior Manager, Payments Marketing, Amadeus

11:20 – 11:45
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Networking Break

Sponsored by: Forter

Graanbeurszaal, Ground Floor

Workshops

11:45 - 13:10

Workshop sessions take place on the first floor of the Beurs van Berlage. Other locations are noted. All times shown are CEST (UTC +2).

11:45 – 12:20
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Blockchain in the Travel Industry: A Revolution in Payment Processing

Presented by: TripX

Berlage zaal, First Floor

Blockchain payment platforms will revolutionize consumer and B2B payment processes. Real-time payment processing is now possible with cost…

Presenter
Michael Culhane, CEO, TripX

11:45 – 12:20
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Hotel Performance Across Key European Markets

Presented by: STR

Administratiezaal, First Floor

Get an in-depth look at the key trends impacting the European hospitality sector in 2018. Identify the outperformers and those at risk, and learn…

11:45 – 12:20
 Add

How to Train Your Chatbot

Presented by: OpenJaw

Veilingzaal, First Floor

The increasing demand for customer support 24/7 does not have to mean increased costs. AI conversational chatbots are the key to having an engaging…

12:35 – 13:10
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The Mobile Payment Journey: A Perfect Travel Shopping Experience

Presented by: Worldpay

Administratiezaal, First Floor

Uncover the perfect travel shopping experience on mobile. And find out if yours comes close.An exclusive first look at Worldpay’s new research of…

Presenters
Robert Buma, Airlines & Travel Relationship Manager, Worldpay
Thomas Helldorff, Vice President - Travel & Airlines, Worldpay

12:35 – 13:10
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Unpacking Bleisure Traveller Trends

Presented by: Expedia Group Media Solutions

Berlage zaal, First Floor

New research by Expedia Group Media Solutions builds on its initial bleisure study to further explore an emerging category of travellers who are…

Presenter
Andrew Van der Feltz, Senior Director Business Development EMEA & APAC, Expedia Group Media Solutions

Lunch

13:10 - 14:15
13:10 – 14:15
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Networking Lunch

Sponsored by: HomeAway

Grote Zaal, Ground Floor

Center Stage

14:15 - 18:05

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).

14:15 – 14:30
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Center Stage Opening

Lorraine Sileo, Senior Vice President, Research and Business Operations, Phocuswright Inc.

14:30 – 15:00
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Keynote/Interview: AccorHotels

New leadership and a fresh approach is energizing Europe's largest hotel company. Find out how Accor is inspiring its talent while redefining the…

Maud Bailly, Chief Digital Officer, AccorHotels
Interviewer
Lorraine Sileo, Senior Vice President, Research and Business Operations, Phocuswright Inc.

15:00 – 15:30
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Executive Roundtable: New Activities in the Destination Sector

Global travel activities has the potential to be a US$170+ billion market by 2021 (source: Phocuswright), so it's no wonder that many companies…

Panelists
Luuc Elzinga, CEO, Tiqets
Eric Gnock Fah, Co-Founder, President and COO, Klook
Tao Tao, Co-Founder & COO, GetYourGuide Inc.
Moderator
Kevin May, Editor in Chief, PhocusWire

15:30 – 15:55
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Executive Interview: Secret Escapes

Secret Escapes led and survived the wave of member-only hotel booking sites at the turn of the decade to become one of the most recognizable new…

Alex Saint, Co-Founder and CEO, Secret Escapes Ltd
Interviewer
Kevin May, Editor in Chief, PhocusWire

15:55 – 16:35
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Networking Break

Sponsored by: Forter

Graanbeurszaal, Ground Floor

16:35 – 16:45
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Phocuswright Research: Travel Planning with Digital Assistants

Boosted by AI-powered digital assistants, Web-enabled devices are smarter and not only keep travelers online, but can help with online tasks.…

Mark Blutstein, Research Analyst, Phocuswright Inc.

16:45 – 17:10
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Executive Interview: Hotelbeds Group

A series of acquisitions has cemented the leadership position of the world's largest bedbank, but can they compete on a global scale? Their…

Joan Vila, Executive Chairman, Hotelbeds Group
Interviewer
Maggie Rauch, Senior Director, Research, Phocuswright Inc.

17:10 – 17:40
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Executive Roundtable: The Future of Packaging

While traditional tour operators are reshaping their business, new players are entering the packaging arena. Are airlines, hotels, OTAs and…

Panelists
Jan Gerlach, CEO, Peakwork
Eric La Bonnardiere, CEO, Evaneos.com
Jan Valentin, Former SVP Strategy & Corporate Development, KAYAK Europe GmbH
Moderator
Dirk Rogl, Research Analyst and Content Specialist, Europe, Phocuswright Inc.

17:40 – 18:00
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Spotlight: Facebook

Mobile has fundamentally redefined how people travel, shop, share, discover and more, forcing hotels, airlines, OTAs, and other travel companies to…

Nikhilesh Ponde, Head of Global Travel Strategy, Facebook Inc.

18:00 – 18:05
 Add

Phocuswright Innovation Awards Ceremony

Find out the winners of Battleground and Launch!

Cocktails

18:05 - 19:35
18:05 – 19:35
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Cocktail Reception

Sponsored by: UpLift

Graanbeurszaal, Ground Floor

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
 Add

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.

Wednesday, 16 May

All Day

8:30 - 18:30
8:30 – 18:30
 Add

Attendee Services Desk Open

Beursfoyer, Ground Floor

Check in and pick up your all-access conference credentials.

8:30 – 18:30
 Add

Networking Showcase Open

Graanbeurszaal, Ground Floor

Battleground - Presented by Amadeus

9:00 - 10:50

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 – 9:05
 Add

Welcome to Phocuswright Europe

Get ready for fresh ideas! Battleground and Launch feature some of travel's newest innovations.

Pete Comeau, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Phocuswright Inc.

9:05 – 9:15
 Add

Phocuswright Research: State of Startups

Gain insights from Phocuswright’s State of Travel Startups report series, which measures founding and funding activity among global travel startups…

Michael Coletta, Manager of Research and Innovation, Phocuswright Inc.

9:15 – 9:20
 Add

Welcome to Battleground

Pete Comeau, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Phocuswright Inc.

9:20 – 9:30
 Add

MeetingPackage.com

We want to kill the traditional and unnecessary e-RFPs from the MICE industry by bringing the booking process 100% online.

Presenter
Joonas Ahola, CEO & Founder, MeetingPackage.com

9:30 – 9:40
 Add

AdsHotel

Can AI increase and maximize hotel profits? We built a solution to get more direct bookings with low marketing fees.

Presenter
Filippo Fasolo, CEO, AdsHotel

9:40 – 9:50
 Add

Sanctifly

See how frequent travelling has just become a healthier way of life for 500 million passengers.

Presenter
Karl Llewellyn, Founder, Sanctifly

9:50 – 10:00
 Add

Booklyng

Use sophisticated tools to build personalized customer journeys that increase travel website sales by over 37% in one month.

Presenter
Francesco Canzoniere, CEO, Booklyng

10:00 – 10:10
 Add

Stasher

Get connected with vetted local businesses who can take care of your bag after check-out, so you can enjoy your day.

Presenter
Anthony Collias, Co-Founder and CCO, Stasher

10:10 – 10:20
 Add

Situm

High precision indoor positioning technology with the shortest deployment time and low/zero infrastructure investment.

Presenter
Gregory Botanes, Vice President, Situm

10:20 – 10:30
 Add

Keesy

A 24/7 vacation rental platform for self-check-in: Check-in? Done. Documents? Sent. Taxes? Paid. Host and guest? Free.

Presenter
Andrea Laghi, Business Development and Partnerships, Keesy

10:30 – 10:40
 Add

Lanes & Planes

The first fully digital and holistic travel management solution for SMEs, with a B2C user experience in B2B quality.

Presenter
Veit Blumschein, Founder and CEO, Lanes & Planes

10:40 – 10:50
 Add

Destygo

Travel companies use chatbot technology to build a smart assistant to automate customer relations on any channel.

Presenter
Guillaume Laporte, Co-Founder and CEO, Destygo

Launch

10:50 - 11:45

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).

10:50 – 11:00
 Add

Welcome to Launch

Pete Comeau, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Phocuswright Inc.

11:00 – 11:10
 Add

WIHP Hotels

Easily increase your direct bookings with Meta I/O, the universal metasearch advertising tool.

Presenter
Vincent Ramelli, Founder and CEO, WIHP Hotels

11:10 – 11:20
 Add

Amadeus

Amadeus B2B Wallet - Orchestration applies real-time data and machine learning to help travel agencies decide how to pay their suppliers, for each…

Presenter
Daniel Greaves, Senior Manager, Payments Marketing, Amadeus

11:20 – 11:45
 Add

Networking Break

Sponsored by: Forter

Graanbeurszaal, Ground Floor

Workshops

11:45 - 13:10

Workshop sessions take place on the first floor of the Beurs van Berlage. Other locations are noted. All times shown are CEST (UTC +2).

11:45 – 12:20
 Add

Blockchain in the Travel Industry: A Revolution in Payment Processing

Presented by: TripX

Berlage zaal, First Floor

Blockchain payment platforms will revolutionize consumer and B2B payment processes. Real-time payment processing is now possible with cost…

Presenter
Michael Culhane, CEO, TripX

11:45 – 12:20
 Add

Hotel Performance Across Key European Markets

Presented by: STR

Administratiezaal, First Floor

Get an in-depth look at the key trends impacting the European hospitality sector in 2018. Identify the outperformers and those at risk, and learn…

11:45 – 12:20
 Add

How to Train Your Chatbot

Presented by: OpenJaw

Veilingzaal, First Floor

The increasing demand for customer support 24/7 does not have to mean increased costs. AI conversational chatbots are the key to having an engaging…

12:35 – 13:10
 Add

The Mobile Payment Journey: A Perfect Travel Shopping Experience

Presented by: Worldpay

Administratiezaal, First Floor

Uncover the perfect travel shopping experience on mobile. And find out if yours comes close.An exclusive first look at Worldpay’s new research of…

Presenters
Robert Buma, Relationship Manager, Worldpay
Thomas Helldorff, Vice President Travel & Airlines, Worldpay

12:35 – 13:10
 Add

Unpacking Bleisure Traveller Trends

Presented by: Expedia Group Media Solutions

Berlage zaal, First Floor

New research by Expedia Group Media Solutions builds on its initial bleisure study to further explore an emerging category of travellers who are…

Presenter
Andrew Van der Feltz, Senior Director Business Development EMEA & APAC, Expedia Group Media Solutions

Lunch

13:10 - 14:15
13:10 – 14:15
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Networking Lunch

Sponsored by: HomeAway

Grote Zaal, Ground Floor

Center Stage

14:15 - 18:05

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).

14:15 – 14:30
 Add

Center Stage Opening

Lorraine Sileo, Senior Vice President, Research and Business Operations, Phocuswright Inc.

14:30 – 15:00
 Add

Keynote/Interview: AccorHotels

New leadership and a fresh approach is energizing Europe's largest hotel company. Find out how Accor is inspiring its talent while redefining the…

Maud Bailly, Chief Digital Officer, AccorHotels
Interviewer
Lorraine Sileo, Senior Vice President, Research and Business Operations, Phocuswright Inc.

15:00 – 15:30
 Add

Executive Roundtable: New Activities in the Destination Sector

Global travel activities has the potential to be a US$170+ billion market by 2021 (source: Phocuswright), so it's no wonder that many companies…

Panelists
Luuc Elzinga, CEO, Tiqets
Eric Gnock Fah, Co-Founder, President and COO, Klook
Tao Tao, Co-Founder & COO, GetYourGuide Inc.
Moderator
Kevin May, Editor in Chief, PhocusWire

15:30 – 15:55
 Add

Executive Interview: Secret Escapes

Secret Escapes led and survived the wave of member-only hotel booking sites at the turn of the decade to become one of the most recognizable new…

Alex Saint, Co-Founder and CEO, Secret Escapes Ltd
Interviewer
Kevin May, Editor in Chief, PhocusWire

15:55 – 16:35
 Add

Networking Break

Sponsored by: Forter

Graanbeurszaal, Ground Floor

16:35 – 16:45
 Add

Phocuswright Research: Travel Planning with Digital Assistants

Boosted by AI-powered digital assistants, Web-enabled devices are smarter and not only keep travelers online, but can help with online tasks.…

Mark Blutstein, Research Analyst, Phocuswright Inc.

16:45 – 17:10
 Add

Executive Interview: Hotelbeds Group

A series of acquisitions has cemented the leadership position of the world's largest bedbank, but can they compete on a global scale? Their…

Joan Vila, Executive Chairman, Hotelbeds Group
Interviewer
Maggie Rauch, Senior Director, Research, Phocuswright Inc.

17:10 – 17:40
 Add

Executive Roundtable: The Future of Packaging

While traditional tour operators are reshaping their business, new players are entering the packaging arena. Are airlines, hotels, OTAs and…

Panelists
Jan Gerlach, CEO, Peakwork
Eric La Bonnardiere, CEO, Evaneos.com
Jan Valentin, Former SVP Strategy & Corporate Development, KAYAK Europe GmbH
Moderator
Dirk Rogl, Research Analyst and Content Specialist, Europe, Phocuswright Inc.

17:40 – 18:00
 Add

Spotlight: Facebook

Mobile has fundamentally redefined how people travel, shop, share, discover and more, forcing hotels, airlines, OTAs, and other travel companies to…

Nikhilesh Ponde, Head of Global Travel Strategy, Facebook Inc.

18:00 – 18:05
 Add

Phocuswright Innovation Awards Ceremony

Find out the winners of Battleground and Launch!

Cocktails

18:05 - 19:35
18:05 – 19:35
 Add

Cocktail Reception

Sponsored by: UpLift

Graanbeurszaal, Ground Floor

Tuesday, 15 May

All Day

11:00 - 18:30
11:00 – 18:30
 Add

Attendee Services Desk Open

Beursfoyer, Ground Floor

We encourage you to stop by to pick up your conference credentials.

Cocktails

18:00 - 19:30
18:00 – 19:30
 Add

Opening Reception

Sponsored by: IDA Ireland

Graanbeurszaal, Ground Floor

Join us for drinks and canapes as we kick off Phocuswright Europe!

Thursday, 17 May

All Day

8:30 - 16:30
8:30 – 16:30
 Add

Attendee Services Desk Open

Beursfoyer, Ground Floor

8:30 – 16:30
 Add

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
 Add

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
 Add

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
 Add

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
 Add

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
 Add

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.

* Program and speaker information is subject to change without notice.