2020 Program

Welcome to the Diversity in Leadership Program Presented by: World Aviation Festival
After successfully sparking discussions and actions around Women's Leadership in the travel technology space, Phocuswright broadens the focus at ... [read more]
Kimberly Newbury, Vice President, Sales, Phocuswright Inc.
Expedia Group Ally Skills Workshop
Expedia Group believes allyship is a catalyst for change, whether it is engaging in the conversation, developing your own mindset or the mindset of ... [read more]
Presenters Rachel Luff, Global Inclusion & Learning, Allyship Lead, Expedia GroupZack Rubinstein, Global Inclusion & Diversity, Head of Inclusion Learning, Expedia Group
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.
Reinventing air distribution: empowering stakeholders to reduce costs and regain governance.
Presenter Mario Danner, COO, biztribution
Increase profitability 35%+: Fully automated algorithms use big data and machine learning techniques to efficiently and effectively price-predict ... [read more]
Presenter Dor Krubiner, CEO, Hotelmize
Convert more users into buyers by removing the hassle from group booking with Gamitee's collaborative browsing plug-in.
Presenter Ella Stahl, VP Sales, Gamitee
OCUS offers brands a complete photography solution anytime, anywhere in the world to drive engagement and boost revenue - all while scaling your ... [read more]
Presenter Thibaud Lemonnier, CEO & Co-founder, OCUS
Prontopia supports city resilience with a platform that makes travel stress free, and helps seniors live safely at home.
Presenter Shannon Kenny, CEO & Founder, Prontopia
Iomob is building the Internet of Mobility (IoM): Enabling users of any IOM-connected app to discover, route, book and pay for any IOM-connected ... [read more]
Presenter Boyd Cohen, CEO, Iomob
Learn how hotel chains and distribution partners have digitized their meetings and events sales with MeetingPackage software.
Presenter Joonas Ahola, CEO & Founder, MeetingPackage
Millions of halal-conscious families search hotels by halal food, no alcohol, and pool, beach or spa for ladies' or family use.
Presenter Elnur Seyidli, CEO, HalalBooking.com
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 Suzanna Chiu, Head of Amadeus Ventures, Amadeus IT Group S.A.Sascha Hausmann, Partner, HOWZAT PartnersFeargal Mooney, Board Director, Meetingsbooker.comModerator Pete Comeau, Managing Director, Phocuswright Inc.
Innovation Spotlight: Pluto
Hear from travel tech startup Pluto on how it’s meeting the current moment through new product offerings and its pledge for antiracism, diversity ... [read more]
Alex Rainey, Co-founder, CEO & CTO, PlutoInterviewer Jill Menze, News Editor, PhocusWire
Phocuswright Innovation Awards Ceremony
Find out the winners of Summit and Launch!
Meet the Innovators
Dig deeper into the technologies presented during Summit and Launch and have an "in person" chat with the innovators. Each company will have a ... [read more]
Networking and Roundtables
Participate in intimate, off-record roundtable discussions based on your business interests, moderated by industry experts and Phocuswright ... [read more]
Executive Roundtable: New Realities in Air Travel
Air travel has been shaken to its core, and new safety measures and guidelines have sparked only a partial recovery. What else must be done to ... [read more]
Panelists Sergio Colella, President, Europe, SITARafael Schvartzman, Regional Vice President, Europe, IATAModerator Dirk Rogl, Research Analyst and Content Specialist, Europe, Phocuswright Inc.
Spotlight: Destinations of Choice - Who Decides?
Destinations are vying for travelers’ trust with hygiene certifications and safety protocols. What’s working – and where – to attract the first ... [read more]
Olivier Jager, Co-Founder & CEO, ForwardKeys
Take a break from Center Stage and network with your fellow attendees, Phocuswright analysts and speakers.
Building Operational Resilience While Driving Innovation Through Exceptional Customer Experience Presented by: Unbabel
In 2020, companies have been forced to adapt at record speed, and those that are best equipped to transform their operations have been companies ... [read more]
Oliver Carlsen, Regional CEO, Germany & Eastern Europe, Majorel
Edmund Ovington, VP of Global Alliances, Unbabel
How the Travel Industry is Preparing for Recovery Presented by: Expedia Group Media Solutions
As the travel industry looks toward recovery, the best way to navigate the path forward is by working closely and collaboratively across the entire ... [read more]
Andrew Van der Feltz, Senior Director, Business Development, Expedia Group Media Solutions
Take a break from Center Stage and network with your fellow attendees, Phocuswright analysts and speakers.
Spotlight and Q&A: FESTIVE ROAD
The managing partner of Festive Road, a leading voice on gender in the workplace, speaks about social norms, lessons learned and the quest for ... [read more]
Caroline Strachan, Managing Partner, FESTIVE ROAD
Executive Roundtable: The Hotel vs. Rental Debate
Travelers are aching to get away – but with stipulations. Who will they trust most when it comes to lodging? Will they seek a secluded cabin in the ... [read more]
Panelists Patrick Andrae, CEO & Co-Founder, HomeToGoRaj Kamal, CEO, OYO Vacation HomesHenrik Kjellberg, Group Chief Executive Officer, AwazeAlexander Limpert, Co-Founder, CEO, GuestReadyJulie White, VP Commercial, EMEA, Wyndham Hotels & ResortsJerome Wise, Vice President, Enterprise Clients, TravelClick, Inc.Moderator Lorraine Sileo, Senior Analyst and Founder, Phocuswright Research, Phocuswright Inc.
Executive Roundtable: A New World for Tours
From day tours to lengthy adventures, tour providers have offered generations of travelers with unique and structured experiences. Will tour ... [read more]
Panelists Beat Blaser, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Falkensteiner Ventures AGLuuc Elzinga, Founder & President, TiqetsMichael Frey, CEO, MTS GlobeJulian Weselek, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, TourlaneModerator Dirk Rogl, Research Analyst and Content Specialist, Europe, Phocuswright Inc.
Virtual Happy Hour
Grab a cocktail and take a break from business (or not) with your newfound friends from across the industry.
WiT Europe: Asia’s Next Era of Travel - Setting the Stage
The story of Covid-19 has been one of many parts in Asia. And WiT has been at the forefront of following that story since the start of the ... [read more]
Siew Hoon Yeoh, Founder, WIT and Editorial Director, Northstar Travel Group Asia
WiT Europe: Pockets of Recovery
Where are the pockets of recovery? Clearly, it is first in the markets with domestic travel possibilities. What are the trends being seen and where ... [read more]
Panelists Mieke De Schepper, Executive Vice President Online Travel & Managing Director APAC, AmadeusTimothy Hughes, VP Corporate Development, AgodaJun Shin, Chief Strategy Officer, TIDESQUARE Co., LtdChristine Wang, Head of Business Development Asia, Lufthansa Innovation HubModerator Siew Hoon Yeoh, Founder, WIT and Editorial Director, Northstar Travel Group Asia
WiT Europe: Consumers, They Are A-Changing
There’s no doubt that consumer behavior has seen major shifts in the time of coronavirus. Being confined to home brings out changes - when people ... [read more]
Panelists Guido Becher, Head Of Travel, RappiKei Shibata, Co-founder & CEO, LINE TRAVEL jp & Trip101Sarah Wan, SEA Marketing Director, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, KlookModerator Siew Hoon Yeoh, Founder, WIT and Editorial Director, Northstar Travel Group Asia
Phocuswright Research: A Winding Path to Recovery
Are leisure travelers ready to travel again? What barriers need to be overcome to restore their confidence in traveling? What behavioral changes ... [read more]
Madeline List, Research Analyst, Phocuswright Inc.
Executive Roundtable: The Investor View
The pause in travel has set the stage for innovation, but not all ideas will come to light. As new solutions are created and old business models ... [read more]
Panelists Jaroslaw Czernek, Investment Partner, Rockaway CapitalNeil Glynn, Managing Director, Credit SuisseChristoph Schuh, Partner, LakestarSean Seton-Rogers, General Partner, PROfounders CapitalModerator Charuta Fadnis, Senior Vice President, Research and Product Strategy, Phocuswright Inc.
The Critical Role of Payments in Reshaping the Travel Landscape Sponsored by: Nuvei
In what promises to be a fascinating discussion, this panel of travel payment experts will share their unique perspectives on how payments are key ... [read more]
Presenters Jay Abbott, VP, Travel, NuveiLouise Garratt, Senior Payments Manager, easyJetBas Lemmens, CEO, Meetings.com President Hotelplanner EMEA, HotelPlanner.comChiara Quaia, Vice President Market Development Travel Enterprise Partnerships, MasterCardPeny Rizou, Global Digital Payments and Fraud Director, Etraveli
Networking Break
Take a break from Center Stage and network with your fellow attendees, Phocuswright analysts and speakers.
Keynote: Sustainability - What Now?
The air is cleaner and the birds are singing. Some are calling for a permanent change in behavior as we witness an improved environment with fewer ... [read more]
Jeremy Sampson, CEO, The Travel FoundationTalkbackers Freek Jansen, General Manager Benelux, American Express Global Business TravelMonika Wiederhold, Executive Vice President Airlines Central and Eastern Europe, Amadeus IT Group S.A.
Executive Roundtable: Beyond Travel - What Comes Next?
Is the travel industry prepared to transport the next decade of global travelers? Travelers are now looking for unique solutions that respond to ... [read more]
Panelists Dara Brady, Director of Marketing & Digital, RyanairOliver Dlouhy, CEO, Kiwi.comDavid Higgins, General Manager, Trainline for Business, TrainlineChristophe Peymirat, Head of Uber for Business, EMEA, UberModerator Kevin May, Editor in Chief, PhocusWire
Virtual Happy Hour
Grab a cocktail and take a break from business (or not) with your newfound friends from across the industry.
* Program and speaker information is subject to change without notice.