Industry Roundtables

9 September, 12:00 CET

Join our 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. If you have not registered yet, you can get your ticket here.

Space is limited! There is a maximum of 12 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.

Timing

The industry roundtable discussions will take place on 9 September at 12:00 noon CET. They are scheduled for 45 minutes. The round table discussions will be a great start of the first day of the main Center Stage program, which will kick off at 13:00 CET.

Industry Roundtables

Intermediaries

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

Industry Experts
Daniele Beccari
CPO, Evaneos

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

Lodging

Topic
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
Michaela Papenhoff
Managing 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

Topic
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

Topic
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
Former Director, Visit Iceland
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

Topic
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
Susanna Chiu
Head of Amadeus Ventures, Amadeus IT Group
Sascha Hausmann
Partner, HOWZAT Partners
Laurent Queige
Director, Welcome City Lab

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

Technology

Topic
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

Topic
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
Owner, affinnity & former Director of Commercial Revenue, Ryanair

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

Sustainability

Topic
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.