2021 Program

Thursday 24 June
The Young Leaders Summit
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14:00
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17:00
The Young Leaders Summit
Taking place 24 June, this private acceptance-only summit promotes executive management development among rising stars in travel, tourism and ... [read more]
14:00 – 17:00
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Monday 28 June
Summit
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14:00
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15:20
Welcome to Phocuswright's Innovation Platform
Get ready for fresh ideas! Phocuswright's Innovation Platform features some of travel's newest innovations.
Pete Comeau, Managing Director, Phocuswright Inc.
14:00 – 14:05
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TROOP
TROOP is building a self-serving end-to-end meetings management technology to make organizing a meeting easy for anyone.
Presenter Dennis Vilovic, Founder, TROOP
14:05 – 14:15
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Pace Revenue
Pace is the revenue platform of choice for the most innovative brands in the hospitality industry.
Presenter Jason Pinto, Co-Founder and COO, Pace Revenue
14:15 – 14:25
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Indie Campers
Indie Campers is creating a unique business model to provide a global, integrated and digital solution to address all RV roadtrip needs in a single ... [read more]
Presenter Duarte Simões Moreira, Chief Financial Officer, Indie Campers
14:25 – 14:35
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RoomPriceGenie
@roompricegenie will show how automated revenue management can also be for smaller hotels and not just for experts.
Presenter Ari Andricopoulos, CEO, RoomPriceGenie
14:35 – 14:45
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ZYTLYN Technologies
ZYTLYN captures every data signal that matters and uses machine learning to generate hyper-accurate predictions of air travel demand.
Presenter Houman Goudarzi, Co-Founder and CEO, ZYTLYN Technologies
14:45 – 14:55
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FlyNow Aviation GmbH
Affordable 3D mobility game changer by fulfilling contradicting goals of social, ecologic and economic sustainability.
Presenter Jürgen Greil, CEO, FlyNow Aviation
14:55 – 15:05
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Post-Game Wrap Up
You saw the pitches and heard the Dragons’ immediate reactions. Now these keen observers give their take on the biggest trends, promising players ... [read more]
Panelists Lola Akinmade Åkerström, Founder, Geotraveler MediaChristian Saller, General Partner, HV CapitalJeroen Van Velzen, CEO & Co-founder, RoadMapModerator Pete Comeau, Managing Director, Phocuswright Inc.
15:05 – 15:20
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Launch
15:20
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17:00
The Data Appeal Company
Data Appeal Studio is the only data-driven destination analysis platform based on location and experience intelligence.
Presenter Mirko Lalli, CEO & Founder, The Data Appeal Company
15:20 – 15:30
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Fornova
FornovaHL enables hotels to update their profiles and photos on Google My Business, Tripadvisor and Facebook from a secure, centralized, ... [read more]
Presenter Dori Stein, CEO, Fornova
15:30 – 15:40
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Qtravel.ai
The next generation of travel search that your users will love.
Presenter Agnieszka Kukalowicz, CEO & Founder, Qtravel
15:40 – 15:50
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reTravel Technologies Ltd
reTravel is an autonomous up-selling and cross-selling service for the travel industry designed to maximize travelers' value.
Presenter Revital Kristal, CEO, reTravel
15:50 – 16:00
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Table4One
Travelling on business? No need to eat alone. Real-world networking for solo business travellers.
Presenter Ciaran Haughey, Founder, Table4One
16:00 – 16:10
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Road.Travel
Establishing a new industry standard for car travels with curated routes and connecting travel destinations to in-car experiences.
Presenter Nikita Dedik, Founder and CEO, Road.Travel
16:10 – 16:20
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Phocuswright Innovation Awards Ceremony
Find out the winners of Summit and Launch!
16:20 – 16:30
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Meet the Innovators
Dig deeper into the technologies presented during Summit and Launch and have an "in person" chat with the innovators.
16:30 – 17:00
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Tuesday 29 June
Networking & Industry Roundtables
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14:00
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15:00
Networking and Roundtables
Participate in intimate, off-record roundtable discussions based on your business interests, moderated by industry experts and Phocuswright ... [read more]
14:00 – 15:00
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Breakout
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15:00
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15:35
Preparing for Recovery: Insights Into Traveler Sentiment & Behavior - Presented by Expedia Group Media Solutions
More than a year after COVID-19 shutdowns and restrictions began impacting countries around the world, the travel industry is on the road to ... [read more]
Presenter Andrew Van der Feltz, Global Senior Director, Business Development, Expedia Group Media Solutions
15:00 – 15:35
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Center Stage
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15:35
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18:00
Prologue
It's a matter of when, not if the great travel rebound happens. Despite the fits and starts, there is palpable optimism in the industry as it looks ... [read more]
Pete Comeau, Managing Director, Phocuswright Inc.Charuta Fadnis, Senior Vice President, Research and Product Strategy, Phocuswright Inc.Kevin May, Editor in Chief, PhocusWire
15:35 – 15:50
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Myth or Reality: The Great Debate on What's Really Changed
Has the last year changed our values and norms, or are we headed right back to where we started from in 2019? Business travel won't survive, ... [read more]
Panelists Axel Hefer, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, trivagoAileen McCormack, Chief Commercial Officer, CarTrawlerModerator Charuta Fadnis, Senior Vice President, Research and Product Strategy, Phocuswright Inc.
15:50 – 16:10
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The Push for Direct: Will Hotels Take a Stand or Accept a Hand?
Is now the best time for hotels to push their direct booking strategies and loyalty programs with customers? Or will they need intermediaries more ... [read more]
Panelists Maud Bailly, CEO Southern Europe, AccorTim Davis, Founder and Managing Director, PACE DimensionsModerator Lorraine Sileo, Senior Analyst and Founder, Phocuswright Research, Phocuswright Inc.
16:10 – 16:30
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Business Travel Reinvented: Who Gets to Travel Now?
The return of business travel has been debated ad nauseum, but there is agreement on this: changes in corporate programs, mandates and approvals ... [read more]
Panelists Niklas Andréen, President & Chief Operating Officer, CWTChampa Magesh, President, Trainline Partner Solutions, TrainlineModerator Charuta Fadnis, Senior Vice President, Research and Product Strategy, Phocuswright Inc.
16:30 – 16:50
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Recovery and Responsibility: Can They Go Hand in Hand?
Will a greater emphasis on healing planet earth really impact travel destinations and decisions? And what is the role and responsibility of travel ... [read more]
Sally Davey, CEO, TravalystInterviewer Mark Blutstein, Senior Manager, Research, Phocuswright Inc.
16:50 – 17:05
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Travel Subscriptions and the Price of Loyalty: Will They Work?
Subscriptions are in the spotlight as travel companies explore new options or reinvent themselves for travelers and business partners. But how ... [read more]
Panelists Lennert De Jong, Chief Commercial Officer, citizenM HotelsKanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer, TripadvisorModerator Lorraine Sileo, Senior Analyst and Founder, Phocuswright Research, Phocuswright Inc.
17:05 – 17:25
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To be Continued...
A recap and commentary on the highlights of the day's sessions.
Kevin May, Editor in Chief, PhocusWireMitra Sorrells, Senior Reporter, PhocusWire
17:25 – 17:35
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Happy Hour
Grab a cocktail and take a break from business (or not) with your newfound friends from across the industry.
17:35 – 18:00
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Wednesday 30 June
Networking & Industry Roundtables
All times shown are CET.
14:00
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15:00
Networking and Roundtables
Participate in intimate, off-record roundtable discussions based on your business interests, moderated by industry experts and Phocuswright ... [read more]
14:00 – 15:00
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Breakout
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15:00
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15:35
Payments: Driving Recovery in Airlines and Travel - Presented by Worldpay from FIS
Discover the latest payment innovations in the travel industry with Worldpay from FIS. Tune in to hear about increasing revenues by pushing the ... [read more]
Presenters Thomas Helldorff, Vice President of Airlines & Travel Vertical Strategy, Worldpay from FISLarissa Zell, Senior Strategy Manager Airlines, Travel & Hospitality, Worldpay from FIS
15:00 – 15:20
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Break
Grab some water or a coffee - Center Stage is about to begin!
15:20 – 15:35
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Center Stage
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15:35
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18:00
Chapter 2
A peek at what's coming up on Center Stage as the plot thickens.
Linda Fox, Senior Reporter, PhocusWireKevin May, Editor in Chief, PhocusWire
15:35 – 15:40
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Tracking the Journey for Women Founders
Why are women-founded travel companies so rare? Perhaps we have been looking in the wrong places, as Phocuswright features the stories of three ... [read more]
Panelists Vanessa De Souza Lage, Co-Founder & CMO, Rentals UnitedCharlotte Franzellin, CEO & Founder, TrippersPavlína Zychová, Co-Founder and CEO, MyStayModerator Mitra Sorrells, Senior Reporter, PhocusWire
15:40 – 16:00
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Cruising Altitude: A Long Way Up?
It's been a tough year and a half for Europe's second largest airline. But as travelers prepare to take flight and restrictions are eased, how is ... [read more]
Sophie Dekkers, Chief Commercial Officer, easyJetInterviewer Kevin May, Editor in Chief, PhocusWire
16:00 – 16:15
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Digital Marketing to the Rescue? Reevaluating Best Practices
Is it time for a marketing reset? Or will the roles played by Google, Facebook, OTAs and other partners resume as before? For travel companies ... [read more]
Panelists Chris Blaine, VP and Managing Director, EMEA & APAC, SojernPablo Delgado, CEO, MiraiModerator Linda Fox, Senior Reporter, PhocusWire
16:15 – 16:35
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The Destination Dilemma: Ready or Not?
As millions of travelers plan their first holiday in over a year, destinations are eager for their attention - and their tourism spend. But rising ... [read more]
Panelist Miguel Sanz Castedo, Director General, TURESPAÑAModerator Jill Menze, News Editor, PhocusWire
16:35 – 16:55
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The Great Divide: Can the Industry Avoid Traveler Inequality?
Will there be a greater divide between traveler "haves" and "have nots"? Just as the new global traveler was crossing borders and exploring new ... [read more]
Rohit Talwar, Global Travel and Tourism Futurist and CEO, Fast FutureInterviewer Kevin May, Editor in Chief, PhocusWire
16:55 – 17:10
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The Next Chapter or A New Tale?
There’s no better time to stir the pot and shift priorities, and that’s exactly what the world’s leading travel platforms has in store. After ... [read more]
Ariane Gorin, President, Expedia for Business, Expedia GroupInterviewer Lorraine Sileo, Senior Analyst and Founder, Phocuswright Research, Phocuswright Inc.
17:10 – 17:25
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Not the End
We're still in the early chapters of what promises to be an engrossing sequel. So, what do we take away from two days of insightful conversations ... [read more]
Pete Comeau, Managing Director, Phocuswright Inc.
17:25 – 17:30
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Happy Hour
Grab a cocktail and take a break from business (or not) with your newfound friends from across the industry.
17:30 – 18:00
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