Program


Tuesday November 19
All Day
8:00 AM
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7:00 PM
Exhibitor Showcases and Networking Lounge Open Great Hall, 3rd Floor, Convention Center
The showcase is open for business and abuzz with activity. Meet the demonstrators and connect with exhibitors one-on-one!
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
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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.
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
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Rise & Shine
8:00 AM
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9:00 AM
Breakfast and Networking Great Hall, 3rd Floor, Convention Center
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
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Summit
Sessions take place in the Theater, Great Hall, 3rd Floor, Convention Center. Other locations are noted.
All times shown are EST (GMT -5 hours).
9:00 AM
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1:08 PM
Welcome to The Phocuswright Conference and Summit
Summit, presented by Brand USA - VisitTheUSA.com, showcases the best startup and emerging companies selected by industry experts and Phocuswright ... [read more]
9:00 AM – 9:12 AM
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Flymya [Category: Booking]
How do you run an OTA in Myanmar? @flymyatravels will discuss the challenges of operating in a unique economy.
Presenter Jeff Pan, CEO, Flymya
9:12 AM – 9:21 AM
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Pack Up + Go [Category: Booking]
Plan a three-day trip around the United States with this travel agency. The catch? Your destination is a surprise!
Presenter Lillian Rafson, Founder, CEO, Pack Up + Go
9:21 AM – 9:30 AM
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Gamitee [Category: Booking]
This social solution for travel sites converts 5x better than the site baseline, translating to an increase of 10% in overall online sales.
Presenter Ella Stahl, Head of Sales, Gamitee
9:30 AM – 9:39 AM
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Questo [Category: In-Destination]
Gamified walking tours can be played any time by solving clues in order to discover cities and stories.
Presenter Alex Govoreanu, CEO and Co-founder, Questo Global SRL
9:39 AM – 9:48 AM
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OccasionGenius [Category: In-Destination] Presenter Nathaniel Marcus, CEO, OccasionGenius
9:48 AM – 9:57 AM
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Beachy [Category: In-Destination]
This software solution integrates beach, pool and F&B operations, increasing revenue and delivering an unparalleled guest experience.
Presenter David Stange, Chief Executive Officer, Beachy
9:57 AM – 10:06 AM
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Pilota [Category: Air] Presenter Saniya Shah, CEO, Pilota
10:06 AM – 10:15 AM
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Timeshifter Inc. [Category: Air]
Jet lag is history! Explore how the latest sleep and circadian neuroscience can help travelers arrive at their best.
Presenter Mickey Beyer-Clausen, Co-founder & CEO, Timeshifter Inc.
10:15 AM – 10:24 AM
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Exosonic [Category: Air]
Exosonic is bringing supersonic transport back by muting the sonic boom! Hear how and meet the team behind this company.
Presenter Norris Tie, CEO, Exosonic
10:24 AM – 10:33 AM
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flyiin [Category: Air]
The Airline DirectConnect Platform enables retailers to build a differentiating flight booking experience.
Presenter Stéphane Pingaud, CEO, flyiin
10:33 AM – 10:42 AM
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Nannybag [Category: Luggage Storage]
Changing the way people travel.
Presenter Matthieu Ballester, CEO & Cofounder, Nannybag
10:42 AM – 10:51 AM
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Stasher [Category: Luggage Storage]
Explore how this platform was scaled for luggage storage globally, connecting travelers with local businesses.
Presenter Anthony Collias, CCO & Co-founder, Stasher
10:51 AM – 11:00 AM
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Networking Break Great Hall, 3rd Floor, Convention Center
11:00 AM – 11:20 AM
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Servantrip Network SL [Category: SaaS/PaaS]
Leading activities market consolidation for B2B, by providing the largest offer comparison powered with AI recommendation engine.
Presenter Jose Manuel Nuñez, CEO, Servantrip
11:20 AM – 11:29 AM
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Airalo [Category: SaaS/PaaS]
Get pain-free travel and stay connected without changing SIM cards or renting a Wi-Fi device.
Presenter Mea Thompson, Director of Partnerships, Airalo
11:29 AM – 11:38 AM
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Fly Money [Category: SaaS/PaaS]
Helping travelers pay like locals: Aggregating and pre-ordering all local payment methods to use during vacations - mobile, cash and cards.
Presenter Tal Ekroni, CEO, Fly Money
11:38 AM – 11:47 AM
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Setoo [Category: SaaS/PaaS]
Empowering e-businesses to turn insurance into products consumers love.
Presenter Noam Shapira, Co-CEO, Setoo
11:47 AM – 11:56 AM
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Bespoke Inc. [Category: Chat and Voice]
Bebot: The AI-powered multilingual concierge chatbot for hotels, airports, stations and cities.
Presenter Tobias Wessels, Chief Commercial Officer, Bespoke Inc.
11:56 AM – 12:05 PM
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SnapTravel [Category: Chat and Voice]
This consumer brand that has driven $100M+ in hotel sales over messaging (SMS, Messenger, WhatsApp).
Presenter Hussein Fazal, CEO, SnapTravel
12:05 PM – 12:14 PM
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Mindsay [Category: Chat and Voice]
This leader in conversational AI for the travel industry builds AI-powered chatbots for major travel companies.
Presenter Guillaume Laporte, CEO & Co-Founder, Mindsay
12:14 PM – 12:23 PM
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30SecondsToFly Inc. [Category: Chat and Voice]
Claire, the AI partner for large TMCs, offers traveler-centric conversational commerce for higher revenues and lower costs.
Presenter Felicia Schneiderhan, Co-Founder and CMO, 30SecondsToFly Inc.
12:23 PM – 12:32 PM
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Travelstop [Category: Corporate]
Travelstop is a modern SaaS platform that simplifies business travel and automates expense management for growth companies.
Presenter Prashant Kirtane, Founder & CEO, Travelstop
12:32 PM – 12:41 PM
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TroopTravel [Category: Corporate]
100 travelers. 15 origins. Where do we meet? See how to use Big Data to plan corporate meetings and events in minutes.
Presenter Dennis Vilovic, Founder, TroopTravel
12:41 PM – 12:50 PM
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apaleo [Category: Hotel]
Hotel tech built for the future. This PMS takes an API-first approach, connecting all systems seamlessly.
Presenter Philip Von Ditfurth, Founder, apaleo
12:50 PM – 12:59 PM
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Hotelmize [Category: Hotel]
Increase hotel sales profit margins by utilizing advanced AI prediction algorithms and capital market trading strategies.
Presenter Dor Krubiner, CEO, Hotelmize
12:59 PM – 1:08 PM
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Lunch
1:08 PM
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2:15 PM
Networking Lunch Sponsored by: Hertz Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor, Convention Center
1:08 PM – 2:15 PM
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Lunch Breakout
1:15 PM
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2:45 PM
Hospitality Marketing Innovation ThinkTank Presented by: HSMAI Regency 2, 2nd Floor, Convention Center
Bringing to life hospitality marketing innovation with real-world examples, HSMAI presents winners of its 2019 Adrian Awards to share their unique ... [read more]
1:15 PM – 2:45 PM
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Visual Inspiration for the Experience of a Lifetime Presented by: Pinterest Regency 3, 2nd Floor, Convention Center
Experiences last a lifetime. So how can travel brands inspire and empower consumers to dream big and explore the world in unique ways? Join ... [read more]
Presenter Megan Danielson, Industry Lead, Travel, Pinterest
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
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Launch
Sessions take place in the Theater, Great Hall, 3rd Floor, Convention Center. Other locations are noted.
All times shown are EST (GMT -5 hours).
2:15 PM
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6:00 PM
Welcome to Launch
Fourteen established companies, selected by Phocuswright technology analysts, showcase new products and ideas changing the way we book, search, ... [read more]
2:15 PM – 2:20 PM
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Mystifly
Hear how this disruptive travel product - C2 - enables OTAs and travel intermediaries to redefine their customer experience.
Presenter Rajeev Kumar G., Founder, CEO & Managing Director, Mystifly
2:20 PM – 2:30 PM
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Kiwi.com
A virtual global supercarrier enables efficient pre-booked and on-demand trips from any A to B for customers and carriers.
Presenter Oliver Dlouhy, CEO, Kiwi.com
2:30 PM – 2:40 PM
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Sift
Learn how Dynamic Friction can assist efforts to reduce longstanding problems like false positives and growing problems like account takeovers.
Presenter Jeff Sakasegawa, Trust & Safety Architect, Sift Science
2:50 PM – 3:00 PM
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Cover Genius
A single integration with XCover creates new revenue opportunities globally for the world's largest travel companies.
Presenter Angus McDonald, CEO and Co-Founder, Cover Genius
3:00 PM – 3:10 PM
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HotelRunner
What is the secret sauce to accelerate supply acquisition and drive online revenues? Of the 15M accommodations worldwide, 14M+ are not available ... [read more]
Presenter Ali Beklen, Managing Partner, HotelRunner
3:10 PM – 3:20 PM
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Amadeus IT Group
Amadeus for Developers empowers innovators to build AI-driven travel solutions by offering open powerful ML predictive models.
Presenter Fran Romero, Head of Open Innovation Programs, Amadeus IT Group S.A.
3:20 PM – 3:30 PM
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Nezasa
Incremental selling of personalized trips: from static to live itineraries.
Presenter Manuel Hilty, CEO, Nezasa
3:30 PM – 3:40 PM
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Travel Compositor S.L.
A new package engine with pre- and post-tour additional services; 5,000+ tours and 100+ weekly departures from 85+ providers worldwide.
Presenter Manuel Aragonés, CEO, Travel Compositor
3:40 PM – 3:50 PM
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3:50 PM – 4:00 PM
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AirDNA
Short-term rental data is the next generation of lodging analytics. Find out why it's something you can't afford to ignore.
Presenter Scott Shatford, CEO & Founder, AirDNA
4:00 PM – 4:10 PM
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Left Travel Inc.
One Degree helps property owners gain visibility by promoting their eco-friendly properties with the Sustainable Impact Score.
Presenter Ashley Joslin, Director of Business, Left Travel
4:10 PM – 4:20 PM
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MagicStay
Several hundred thousand apartments worldwide can be booked for corporate stays directly in the SBT.
Presenter William Lecerf, Co-Founder, MagicStay
4:20 PM – 4:30 PM
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Networking Break Great Hall, 3rd Floor, Convention Center
4:40 PM – 5:00 PM
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Executive Roundtable: Made in Asia - The Mobile Future
Asia is where the first real superapps are emerging, where social networks are true travel shopping platforms, and where OTAs are complete ... [read more]
Panelists Mieke De Schepper, Executive Vice-President Online Travel & Managing Director APAC, AmadeusJay Shen, VP of Trip.com Group and Head of Investment, Ctrip.comKei Shibata, Co-Founder & CEO, Venture Republic GroupModerator Chetan Kapoor, Research Analyst - Asia Pacific, Phocuswright Inc.
5:00 PM – 5:25 PM
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Executive Interview: American Express Global Business Travel
Greg O’Hara sits in a unique position, as a top executive at the world’s largest travel management company, American Express GBT; and the founder ... [read more]
Greg O'Hara, Executive Chairman, Amex GBT; Founder & Senior Managing Director, CertaresInterviewer Philip Wolf, Serial Board Director & Founder, Phocuswright Inc.
5:25 PM – 5:55 PM
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Summit Awards Ceremony
The pitches are done, the votes are tallied and the trophies are polished. We'll announce the startup and emerging award winners/runners-up: ... [read more]
5:55 PM – 6:00 PM
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Happy Hour
6:00 PM
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7:00 PM
Innovation Happy Hour Great Hall, 3rd Floor, Convention Center
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
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Note: All conference information (including program, speakers, etc.) is subject to change without notice.