2020 Program

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Tuesday November 17
Center Stage
All times shown are EST (UTC -5).
11:00 AM
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2:30 PM
Introduction Sponsored by: Allianz Partners Pete Comeau, Managing Director, Phocuswright Inc.
11:00 AM – 11:05 AM
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Taking the Conversation Beyond the Middle Seat
As airlines jostle over strategies such as blocking the middle seat to play to the safety and security concerns of traveler, the impact on ... [read more]
Panelists Richard Fain, Chairman & CEO, Royal Caribbean GroupMike Leavitt, Former Governor of Utah and Founder; Chair, Board of Managers, Leavitt PartnersModerator Arnie Weissmann, Editor in Chief, Travel Weekly and Executive Vice President & Editorial Director, Northstar Travel Group
11:05 AM – 11:35 AM
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The Future of Destinations: From Overtourism to Sustainable Tourism
Overtourism has quickly become undertourism in many cities and regions. Now is the time for destinations to build strategies to manage the recovery ... [read more]
Doug Lansky, Travel Journalist / Author / Advisor / Keynote Speaker, DougLansky.comInterviewer Pete Comeau, Managing Director, Phocuswright Inc.
11:35 AM – 11:55 AM
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The Future of Hospitality: A Brand-New Playing Field
While 2020 has been a brutal year for travel, hotels have been hit particularly hard. With leisure travel stalled, meetings and events cancelled, ... [read more]
Oral Muir, VP, Global Distribution Channels, HiltonInterviewer Lorraine Sileo, Senior Analyst and Founder, Phocuswright Research, Phocuswright Inc.
11:55 AM – 12:15 PM
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The Future of Technology: Digital Transformation Acceleration
As quarantines swept across the globe, the process of digital transformation accelerated right alongside for many industries. On-demand service ... [read more]
Rachel Barger, Senior Vice President, Global Enterprise Sales, Cisco Systems Inc.Interviewer Kevin May, Editor in Chief, PhocusWire
12:15 PM – 12:35 PM
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Future-Proofing: Beyond Innovation
Travel plods along at a snail’s pace and the industry struggles to achieve any semblance of recovery as the pandemic wears on. Now is a watershed ... [read more]
Andrea Kates, Managing Director, Futureproofing : Next
12:35 PM – 12:50 PM
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Future-Proofing Think Tank
As a complement to the future-proofing content series, we bring together 15-20 leaders from various industry sectors to collaborate and think ... [read more]
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
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