Where leaders in venture and corporate investing find their next big deal

The Phocuswright Conference annually attracts nearly 2,000 innovators, decision makers and C-level executives, representing dozens of countries from every travel, tourism and hospitality sector. No other conference provides access to such an elite and motivated group of prospective clients and solid investment opportunities.

This event is ideal for leaders in venture and corporate investing who want to discover the latest innovations, find lucrative partnerships and investments and meet with the top C-level executives in the global hospitality industry.
Investors, Analysts, Buyers and Innovators:

All in one place. This is where the most successful and influential investors and leaders in the finance sector interact to create new partnerships, exchange ideas and understand the best investment opportunities in travel.

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The following sessions are specifically geared toward the finance sector: 

  • Executive Roundtable: Street Talk
    Jake Fuller, Managing Director, Guggenheim Securities LLC
    Mark Mahaney, Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets
    Lloyd Walmsley, Research Analyst, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.
    Seema Mody, Global Markets Reporter, CNBC

    Phocuswright's signature session dedicated to the intersection of finance, investment, M&A, IPOs and the world's largest industry - travel, tourism and hospitality. Wall Street's leading analysts on digital, travel and hospitality share their perspectives on where the money, the market and its movers will go next.
  • Executive Roundtable: Hotel Strategies 2020 - Taking Control
    Lisa Checchio, Chief Marketing Officer, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
    Alexander Pyhan, VP, Distribution, Marriott International

    Hotels are ramping up their tech to improve targeting, reward customers, make smarter distribution choices and offer a differentiated guest experience. How are they doing? Hear from some the industry’s key players in hotel marketing as they discuss their strategies, successes and challenges.
  • Executive Interview: American Express Global Business Traveler
    Greg O'Hara, Executive Chairman, Amex GBT; Founder & Senior Managing Director, Certares - Session description coming soon.
  • Executive Roundtable: Air Distribution Confusion: New Rules, New Roles
    Vince Chirico, SVP Global Supply Chain Partners, Carlson Wagonlit Travel
    Arber Deva, Senior Director, Head of Distribution Solutions, Lufthansa Group
    Kathy Morgan, Vice President - NDC, Sabre
    Moshe Rafiah, CEO & Founder, TRAVELfusion Ltd.

    Ready or not, new standards are affecting all facets of travel distribution. IATA’s NDC and One Order are spurring new approaches to content, business models, customer records and, soon enough, traveler engagement. Is it just a matter of time before the promise of personalized offers, on-the-fly bundles, and dynamic pricing make the current way of selling airline tickets obsolete? In this detailed discussion, stakeholders debate the new facets of airline distribution and their impact on the entire travel distribution landscape.
  • Keynote: OYO Hotels & Homes
    Ritesh Agarwal, Founder & CEO, OYO Hotels & Homes - Session description coming soon.
  • Innovation Summit and Launch
    Phocuswright is travel's stage for innovation. The companies represent the most innovative in two categories – Innovation Summit (young companies) and Launch (established companies). The program is packed with market-changing innovations presented in a fast-paced, no-holds-barred environment.
  • Breakout sessions that advance the industry.
    This is where the industry transforms theory into practice. During breakouts, attendees receive educational content from industry leaders in an intimate, interactive environment to discover, learn and hone skills.

See the full program here.

In addition to the unprecedented networking opportunities, the finance sector should expect:

  • Prominent investors of the world's leading travel companies
  • Potential investments and partners 
  • The latest innovations impacting the traveler lifecycle
  • Research presentations and sessions geared toward the evolving accommodations market, regions like India and Europe, plus the state of digital travel
  • The leading intermediaries and business partners distributing travel products
  • Valuable sessions on how the broader digital travel market impacts funding and investments

Finance sector attending companies:

  • 3i
  • Accel
  • Accenture
  • Altimeter Capital
  • American Express
  • Baird
  • Cambon Partners
  • Capital One
  • Certares Management LLC
  • Citi
  • Clear Sky Associates
  • ConnexPay
  • DC Advisory
  • Evercore
  • Founders Factory
  • Francisco Partners
  • General Atlantic
  • General Catalyst Partners
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Guggenheim Securities LLC
  • Highgate Ventures
  • Hudson Crossing
  • JetBlue Technology Ventures
  • KSL Capital Partners
  • Longview Asset management
  • Lufthansa Innovation Hub GmbH
  • Megeve Investments
  • Meridian Management Group
  • Mesirow Financial
  • Moelis & Co.
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Nomura Securities International
  • Oppenheimer & Co.
  • PAR Capital
  • Raymond James Corporate Finance GmbH
  • RBC Capital Markets
  • SIG
  • SoftBank
  • Synchrony Financial
  • Technology Crossover Ventures
  • Temasek International Pte Ltd
  • Thayer Ventures
  • Torch Partners
  • U.S. Bank
  • Visa
  • UATP
  • UBS
  • Volition Capital
  • Warburg Pincus
  • WEX