Program

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Thursday November 15
All Day
Exhibitor Showcases and Networking Lounge Open Platinum Ballroom & Foyer
The showcase is open for business and abuzz with activity. Meet with innovators and exhibitors one-on-one!
8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
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Phocuswright Reception Desk Open Studio 3 Foyer, Level 3, JW Marriott Hotel
Register or check in, and collect your conference materials. Phocuswright Reception is the go-to spot for all your needs.
8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
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Rise & Shine
Breakfast and Networking Sponsored by: Hertz Platinum Ballroom & Foyer
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
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Center Stage
Sessions take place in the Theater, Platinum Ballroom (JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE). Other locations are noted. All times shown are PST (UTC -7).
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, ... [read more]
Panelists Kevin Kopelman, Director, Technology, Media and Telecom - Hotels; Online Travel, Cowen Inc.Brian Nowak, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc.Eric Sheridan, Managing Director, UBSModerator Jake Fuller, Managing Director, Guggenheim Partners
9:30 AM – 9:55 AM
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Executive Interview: TripAdvisor
Discovery, research, booking ... now this seasoned online travel brand wants to add social to its legacy. The company's founder and CEO joins us ... [read more]
Stephen Kaufer, President and CEO, TripAdvisorInterviewer Alice Jong, Research Manager, Phocuswright Inc.
9:55 AM – 10:15 AM
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Executive Roundtable: Travel and the Future of Cities
Travel’s disruptive new ideas carve new grooves in the urban landscape, while a global surge in guests flocking to hot spots sometimes erodes what ... [read more]
Panelists Dan Christian, Chief Digital Officer, The Travel CorporationMatt Curtis, Founder, Smart City Policy GroupTroy Flanagan, Vice President, Government Affairs & Industry Relations, American Hotel & Lodging AssociationMartha Honey, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Center for Responsible TravelModerator Seema Mody, Global Markets Reporter, CNBC
10:15 AM – 10:40 AM
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Executive Interview: Hilton
Hospitality distribution, direct booking campaigns, loyalty programs and evolving the hotel guest experience are only a few items at the top of ... [read more]
Kellyn Smith Kenny, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, HiltonInterviewer Robert Cole, Senior Research Analyst, Lodging and Leisure Travel, Phocuswright Inc.
10:40 AM – 11:00 AM
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Phocuswright Research: China + Executive Interview: Ctrip and Alibaba
In the world of online travel, there’s everyone else – and then there’s China. The land where mobile is king. Where search engines take a back seat ... [read more]
Jerry Hu, Vice President, Alibaba GroupCindy Wang, CFO, Ctrip.com International, Ltd.Interviewer Maggie Rauch, Senior Director, Research, Phocuswright Inc.
11:00 AM – 11:35 AM
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Networking Break Platinum Ballroom & Foyer
11:35 AM – 12:15 PM
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Europe Overview + Executive Interview: eDreams ODIGEO
Online and mobile platforms are transforming Europe, but the region is still shaped by tradition and local culture. Regional players must use their ... [read more]
Dana Dunne, CEO, eDreams ODIGEOInterviewer Lorraine Sileo, Senior Vice President, Research and Business Operations, Phocuswright Inc.
12:15 PM – 12:40 PM
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Executive Roundtable: Airlines - From NDC to LCCs
Passenger jets ushered in the modern travel era, and now air distribution is undergoing a modernization of its own. Widespread NDC adoption opens ... [read more]
Panelists Jim Davidson, President and CEO, Farelogix Inc.Simon Ferguson, President and Managing Director, Americas, TravelportFrederic Lalonde, Founder and CEO, Hopper Inc.Tye Radcliffe, Director of Distribution, United Airlines Inc.Moderator Norman Rose, Senior Technology and Corporate Market Analyst, Phocuswright Inc.
12:40 PM – 1:05 PM
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Executive Interview: Airbnb
Continuously changing the way we travel, the startup that made home sharing massive is moving beyond accommodations to look more like a ... [read more]
Greg Greeley, President of Homes, AirbnbInterviewer Douglas Quinby, Senior Analyst, Phocuswright Inc.
1:05 PM – 1:30 PM
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Executive Interview: Expedia Group Inc.
Home rentals, tours and activities, event tickets ... the list of services keeps growing for the biggest online travel seller by sales. One year ... [read more]
Mark Okerstrom, President and Chief Executive Officer, Expedia Group, Inc.Interviewer Lorraine Sileo, Senior Vice President, Research and Business Operations, Phocuswright Inc.
1:30 PM – 1:55 PM
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Epilogue
1:55 PM – 2:00 PM
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Lunch
Networking Lunch Sponsored by: Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau Diamond Ballroom
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
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