Tuesday 14 May
Attendee Services Desk Open Beursfoyer, Ground Floor
We encourage you to stop by to pick up your conference credentials.
Opening Reception Sponsored by: IDA Ireland Graanbeurszaal, Ground Floor
Everyone looks forward to this Opening Reception to jump-start the Phocuswright Europe networking!
Wednesday 15 May
Battleground and Launch Sessions
Get ready for fresh ideas! Battleground and Launch feature some of travel's newest innovations.
Breakout Sessions
Attendees immerse themselves in an intimate, interactive environment to learn about hot topics impacting today's travel marketplace. Interested in ... [read more]
Networking Lunch Grote Zaal, Ground Floor
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 ODIGEO
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)
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.
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, Airbnb
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.Christian Langer, VP, Digital Strategy, Lufthansa GroupDirk Tietz, Chief Digital & Transformation Officer, DER Touristik Group
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 Christina Russe, Deputy Secretary General, ECTAAMark Tanzer, Chief Executive, ABTA
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
Phocuswright Innovation Awards Ceremony
Find out the winners of Battleground and Launch!
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.
Thursday 16 May
WiT Europe: Eyes on the East
Phocuswright's sister brand, WiT (Web in Travel), shines a light on APAC's booming travel market. What have China's biggest brands figured out that ... [read more]
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, lastminute.com, and Co-Founder and Chairman, Founders Factory
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.
Keynote: European Vacation Rentals
A new name and CEO have given European Vacation Rentals (fka Wyndham Vacation Rentals Europe) a fresh start in the hyper competitive private ... [read more]
Henrik Kjellberg, CEO, European Vacation Rentals
Networking Lunch
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.
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 Clare Gilmartin, CEO, TrainlineAaron Gowell, CEO, SilverRail Technologies
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, Home Division, Booking.com
Tech Talks
Voice assistants, biometrics, machine learning, AI and blockchain. As advances in technology roll along, which will disappoint, and which will ... [read more]
Sean Farrell, Portfolio Director, Passenger Processing & Self Service, SITAThijs Van As, Product Manager, Google
Executive Interview: Expedia
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.
* Program and speaker information is subject to change without notice.