Industry Roundtables

Tuesday and Wednesday (29 and 30 June 2021)

Coming back in 2021: Curated Roundtables

Participate in intimate, off-record roundtable discussions based on your business interests, moderated by industry experts and Phocuswright analysts.

The roundtable discussions are an opportunity for you to get together with like-minded attendees and industry experts in an informal setting to examine issues as they relate to the table topic.

How it works

Attendees who have registered for the conference (enhanced ticket) will be able participate in the roundtable discussions.

Space is limited! There is a maximum of 20 people at one table in order to facilitate meaningful conversations and networking opportunities for the participants. You will have the opportunity to let us know which roundtable discussion you would like to join.


The industry roundtable discussions will take place on 17 May 2021. They are scheduled for 45 minutes. The roundtable discussions are a great way to kick off Phocuswright Europe!

View the 2020 roundtable moderators below.

2020 Industry Roundtables

The 2020 roundtables were a big success! View the 2020 information below to get a taste of what will happen in 2021:


Intermediaries Redefined
Debate the latest challenges and opportunities that guide distribution in Europe

Industry Experts
Daniele Beccari
CPO, Evaneos
Peter O'Connor
Senior Market Analyst, Europe, Phocuswright

Who should join this table
OTA, Travel Agency, Tour Operator, Wholesaler, TMC, Metasearch, GDS, Booking Engine, Distribution Technology


Lodging Transformed
The merging of hospitality and short-term rentals has created a brand new, and enormous, lodging marketplace. Who will prevail and will the customer decide?

Industry Experts
Christin Haensel
Director, h2c
Vanessa de Souza Lage
Co-Founder, Rentals United
Giancarlo Carniani
Phocuswright Analyst & General Manager, ToFlorence Hotels

Who should join this table
Hotel, Short-term rental, Bedbank, Resort, Serviced Apartment


Mobility – What's Next?
Question the impact of flight shame, the promise (and status) of multimodal, innovations in transportation and the new ways of combining ground, rail, bus and other non-flight options to create the perfectly suitable (and sustainable) trip.

Industry Experts
David Litwak
Executive Chairman, Mozio Group
Chetan Kapoor
Research Analyst Asia Pacific, Phocuswright

Who should join this table
Car Rental, Bus, Rail, Bike/e-Bike/Scooter Sharing, Limousine Service, Ride-Hailing


Experiences - Down, Not Out
Travel activities - the collection of tours, activities and attractions that destinations offer - are at the core of what turns a trip into an experience. As the virus subsides, Europe’s travel activities sector is hoping for some normalcy. Discuss how until then, companies forge their own paths through the chaotic landscape.

Industry Experts
Alice Jong
Research Manager, Phocuswright
Inga Hlin Palsdottir
Senior Advisor, Future Place Leadership
Alessandro Petazzi
Co-founder & CEO, Musement (a member of TUI Group)

Who should join this table
Attraction, Tours & Activities Operator, Tours & Activities Distribution and Technology, Lodging and Tour Operating companies that are looking to expand their business into activities

Startups & Innovation

The Investor/Startup View
Innovation, the state of startups, the climate for raising capital, and how to recognize the overlooked from the overhyped.

Industry Experts
Suzanna Chiu
Head of Amadeus Ventures, Amadeus IT Group
Sascha Hausmann
Partner, HOWZAT Partners
Laurent Queige
Director, Welcome City Lab
Mike Coletta
Manager, Research and Innovation, Phocuswright

Who should join this table
Startup, Venture Capitalist, Private Equity, Financial Analyst, Incubator, Accelerator


The Digital Future
Voice, chatbots, AI, VR, blockchain, etc. - all promise to transform the way we search, shop for, and experience travel. How far along are we really?

Industry Experts
Charlotte Lamp Davies
Founder, A Bright Apporach
Natalia Bayona
Senior Expert on Innovation and Digital Transformation, UNWTO
Mark Lenahan
Head of Air and Rail Propositions, Travelport

Who should join this table
Technology Solution Provider, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR), Back-office, Blockchain, GDS, Hardware, Messaging/Chat, Search, Security/Fraud, Virtual Reality (VR), Voice


Airlines on Edge
It's a pivotal time to be an airline. They are chastened for their carbon footprint, thwarted by bankruptcies and rising costs, tempted by new technologies and standards and captivated by retailing. But are they well-positioned to transport the next decade of global travelers?

Industry Experts
Linda Fox
Senior Reporter, PhocusWire
Sinead Finn
Founder, affinnity
Kolin Schunck
Research & Intelligence Analyst, Lufthansa Innovation Hub

Who should join this table
Airline, Airport, Airline Distribution, Airline Revenue Management


Travel Better
Finding a way to maintain travel and tourism long-term without harming natural and cultural environments. Minimizing the negative impacts of tourism and create a beneficial environment for the area in which it takes place.

Industry Experts
Siew Hoon Yeoh
Founder, WiT and Editorial Director, Northstar Travel Group Asia
Jeremy Sampson
CEO, The Travel Foundation

Who should join this table
Anyone interested and/or vested in sustainability: Climate change, conscious business, overtourism, people & culture, responsible travel, sustainable destination development, waste & pollution

Interested in Sponsoring?

The Roundtables boast a small, specialized group of travel executives and decision makers. A sponsorship enables your company to gain a high degree of visibility and develop vital relationships with this highly targeted audience.

Get in touch with our team by email or call us at +1 860 350-4084 x505 for more information on sponsoship opportunities for the industry roundtables.

2020 Industry Roundtable Moderators

Join the conversation! Attendees are the leaders of the discussion with roundtable moderators setting the stage and keeping ideas flowing.