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Thursday, November 9

All Day

8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
8:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Exhibitor Showcases and Networking Lounge Open

Great Hall and Foyer, 3rd Floor, Convention Center

The Exhibitor Showcase is open for business and abuzz with activity.

8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Phocuswright Reception Desk Open

Foyer, Great Hall, 3rd Floor, Convention Center

Register or check in, and collect your conference materials. Phocuswright Reception is the go-to spot for all your needs.

Rise & Shine

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Breakfast and Networking

Sponsored by: American Airlines

Exhibitor Showcase, Great Hall, 3rd Floor, Convention Center

Center Stage

9:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Sessions take place in the Theater of the Great Hall, 3rd floor of the Convention Center. Other locations are noted. All times shown are EST (GMT -5 hours).

9:30 AM – 9:55 AM

Executive Roundtable: Street Talk

Phocuswright's signature session dedicated to the intersection of finance, investment, M&A, IPOs and the world's largest industry - travel, tourism…

Mark Mahaney, Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets
Rachael Rothman, Senior Analyst, Gaming, Lodging, and Leisure, Susquehanna Financial Group
Eric Sheridan, Managing Director, UBS
Lloyd Walmsley, Director, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.
Jake Fuller, Managing Director, Guggenheim Securities LLC

9:55 AM – 10:25 AM

Executive Roundtable: Travel in the Age of Trump

The policies of the not-so-new administration have raised questions about the future of travel and tourism since day one - and these issues have…

Roger Dow, President & CEO, U.S. Travel Association
Gloria Guevara Manzo, President & CEO, World Travel & Tourism Council
Mike Premo, President & CEO, Airlines Reporting Corporation
Chris Thompson, President and CEO, Brand USA
Seema Mody, Global Markets Reporter, CNBC

10:25 AM – 10:55 AM

Keynote: Google

Consumer expectations for seamless, assistive experiences in travel are higher than ever before. Hear how Google Travel is leveraging signals of…

Oliver Heckmann, Vice President, Travel and Shopping, Google
Scott Gutz, President and CEO, Amadeus North America
Robert McDowell, Chief Commercial Officer, Choice Hotels International

10:55 AM – 11:25 AM

Keynote: HomeAway

This 12-year-old company redefined an old-school market, and now under the Expedia umbrella, it's redefining itself. Just one year into the job,…

John Kim, President, Inc.
T.J. Clark, President & CEO, Turnkey Vacation Rentals
Tobias Wann, CEO, @Leisure Group

11:25 AM – 11:37 AM

Future Talk: Hotel Discovery Reimagined

Hopper struck a chord with its mobile-only flight tracking and booking app, and now it’s time to take on hotels. Frederic Lalonde, founder and CEO,…

Frederic Lalonde, Founder and CEO, Hopper Inc.

11:37 AM – 11:49 AM

Future Talk: Blockchain & Travel

Enough with the headlines and hyperbole. Norman Rose, senior technology and corporate market analyst, Phocuswright Inc., walks us through…

Norman Rose, Senior Technology and Corporate Market Analyst, Phocuswright Inc.

11:49 AM – 12:20 PM

Networking Break

Sponsored by: Allianz Global Assistance USA

Exhibitor Showcase, Great Hall, 3rd Floor, Convention Center

12:20 PM – 12:40 PM

Executive Interview: trivago

This once low-key German startup has become a global leader amid the rise of meta in hotel search-shop-buy. Fueled by a 2016 IPO and a global…

Johannes Thomas, Managing Director and Chief Revenue Officer, trivago N.V.
Maggie Rauch, Director, Research, Phocuswright Inc.

12:40 PM – 1:00 PM

Executive Roundtable: Tourism in a Time of Crisis

Whether the European refugee crisis and shifting geopolitics or devastating natural disasters, travel and tourism is often on the front lines. This…

Christy Delafield, Senior Global Communications Officer, Mercy Corps
Jose Izquierdo, Executive Director, Puerto Rico Tourism Company
John Yonce, Director of Community Advancement & Engagement, Tourism Cares
Arnie Weissmann, Editor in Chief, Travel Weekly and Senior Vice President & Editorial Director, Travel Group, Northstar Travel Group

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Executive Roundtable: Accommodation Upended

Online travel may be entering its third decade, but the debates surrounding distribution and disruption continue unabated. Is direct really best?…

Patrick Bosworth, Co-Founder and CEO, Duetto
Tammy Peter, Vice President, Hotel Distribution Strategy and Support, Wyndham Hotel Group
Sam Shank, Co-Founder & CEO, HotelTonight
Joan Vilà, Executive Chairman, Hotelbeds Group
Lorraine Sileo, Senior Vice President, Research and Business Operations, Phocuswright Inc.

1:30 PM – 1:55 PM

Executive Interview: Expedia

It's the world's largest travel seller by sales, with numerous brands touching nearly every market in travel and around the globe. And its momentum…

Mark Okerstrom, President and Chief Executive Officer, Expedia Inc.
Douglas Quinby, Senior Vice President, Research, Phocuswright Inc.

1:55 PM – 2:00 PM



2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Networking Lunch

Sponsored by: Hertz

Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor, Convention Center

Note: All conference information (including program, speakers, etc.) is subject to change without notice.