2018 Center Stage Sessions

Above the Crowd: Bill Gurley Interviewed by Brad Gerstner

Benchmark partner and legendary investor Bill Gurley sits down with Altimeter Capital's Brad Gerstner for an in-depth discussion on the state of digital disruption, investing, startups, the power of big tech, and what it means for global travel, tourism and hospitality.

Bill Gurley, General Partner, Benchmark Capital
Interviewed by:
Brad Gerstner, CEO, Altimeter Capital

AccorHotels' Chief Digital Officer Maud Bailly

Strong leadership and fresh ideas have energized Europe's largest hotel company as it bravely navigates the digital age. Find out how AccorHotels' chief digital officer is nurturing talent and creating a culture that will redefine the chain's role in global hotel distribution for years to come.

Maud Bailly, Chief Digital Officer, AccorHotels

Lyft: Wheels Keep on Turning

Mobile ride-hailing has reshaped ground transportation and continues to shake up how travelers get from A to B, from experimentation with the last-mile conundrum to planning for the autonomous future. Hear from Lyft co-founder and president as the ride sharing startup drives full speed into new transportation modes, partnerships, enterprise relationships and more.

John Zimmer, Co-Founder and President, Lyft

Airbnb: The One Stop Shop?

Continuously changing the way we travel, the startup that made home sharing massive is moving beyond accommodations to look more like a full-service travel company. From hotel options and loyalty initiatives to experiences and travel stories, hear from Airbnb's newly appointed president of homes division on where the home-sharing giant is headed next.

Greg Greeley, President of Homes, Airbnb

Buzzing with Activity: Tours and Activities Panel

It's the activities on the ground that inspire travelers to go places. More travelers buy a tour, activity or attraction ticket on trips than any other type of travel product, including flights, hotels, private accommodation, car rental or cruise. Hear from travel activities leaders who are transforming the segment that's been attracting a slew of hot investments and acquisitions and what it means for the travel ecosystem.

Ruzwana Bashir, Founder and CEO, Peek
Eric Gnock Fah, Co-Founder, President and COO Klook
Jonne de Leeuw, Principal, HPE Growth Capital

Ctrip CFO Cindy Wang Interview

'Online' is a dated word in China, where mobile rules the entire search-shop-buy experience. Hear from Ctrip's CFO on how the market leader plans to maintain its position at home while also expanding its presence globally.

Cindy Wang, Chief Financial Officer, Ctrip.com International, Ltd.

Executive Interview: Booking Holdings

A string of international acquisitions and investments plus a new-ish name to reflect their global position has the industry speculating about what else lies ahead for the former Priceline Group. The leader of Booking Holdings discusses what's in store for its portfolio of sites.

Glenn Fogel, Chief Executive Officer and President, Booking Holdings

Executive Interview: Expedia

Home rentals, tours and activities, event tickets ... the list of services keeps growing for the biggest online travel seller by sales. One year after taking the reins, hear from Expedia's CEO on what else is catching his eye and plans to maintain the company's lead position.

Mark Okerstrom, President and Chief Executive Officer, Expedia Group, Inc.

Executive Interview: Hilton Hotels - New Leadership, Fresh Hotel Marketing Ideas

Hospitality distribution, direct booking campaigns, loyalty programs and evolving the hotel guest experience are only a few items at the top of this new CMO's agenda. Listen in on fresh ideas and what's to come for the hospitality giant.

Kellyn Smith Kenny, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Hilton

Executive Interview: TripAdvisor

More information coming soon.

Stephen Kaufer, President and CEO, TripAdvisor

Executive Roundtable: The Remaking of Corporate Travel

Ride hailing, home sharing, mobile, chat: The same forces that have upended consumer travel have infiltrated corporate programs - and the impact is big. The lines get blurrier as non-traditional content continues to blend with the GDS, and leisure extensions to business trips expand traveler expectations. Panelists from all sides of the ecosystem discuss how they are meeting the demands of today's business traveler while tweaking corporate programs for good.

Jeff Katz, Founding Chairman and CEO, Orbitz and CEO, Journera
Ronnie Gurion, GM, Global Head of Uber for Business, Uber
David Holyoke, Global Head of Airbnb for Work, Airbnb

Executive Roundtable: Street Talk

Phocuswright's signature session is 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.

Kevin Kopelman, Director, Technology, Media and Telecom - Internet, Cowen and Company
Brian Nowak, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc.
Moderated by:
Jake Fuller, Managing Director, Guggenheim Securities LLC

Interview: KAYAK

More information coming soon.

Steve Hafner, Co-Founder and CEO, KAYAK

Keynote: Tesloop

It started with a pretty typical teenage dream: a Tesla of his own. But what this Gen Z entrepreneur did next was far from typical. He founded a short-haul ground transportation company with an all-Tesla fleet. Hear his fresh perspective on the future of mobility, the potential of blockchain and what's next for his LA-based company.

Haydn Sonnad, Founder and Chief Evangelist, Tesloop

Research Presentation and Interview: India

India owns the world's second-highest mobile penetration rate, and online bookings are growing at double digit rates. The potential of this still-emerging travel market is massive, but the challenges myriad. Soak in Phocuswright's latest research from India, followed by a discussion with the country's biggest names in online travel: MakeMyTrip and Yatra.

Rajesh Magow, Co-Founder & CEO, India, MakeMyTrip
Dhruv Shringi, Co-Founder and CEO, Yatra Online Pvt. Ltd.
Chetan Kapoor, Research Analyst, Asia Pacific, Phocuswright Inc.

Panel Discussion

More information coming soon.

Seema Mody, Global Markets Reporter, CNBC

Research Presentation and Interview: Europe

Online and mobile platforms are transforming Europe, but the region is still shaped by tradition and local culture. Regional players must use their advantages to fend off the global giants. So how does the largest regional OTA in Europe stay competitive while also diversifing into new markets and products? Phocuswright research sheds light on the European market while eDreams Odigeos' Dana Dunne shares his perspective on winning in Europe - and beyond.

Dana Dunne, CEO, eDreams ODIGEO
Lorraine Sileo, Senior Vice President, Research and Business Operations, Phocuswright

Session and speaker information is subject to change without notice.