Program


Monday November 15
All Day
8:00 AM
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6:40 PM
Phocuswright Reception Desk Open Great Hall 3 Foyer, 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 – 6:30 PM
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Exhibitor Showcases and Networking Lounge Open Great Hall 1 & 2, 3rd Floor, Convention Center
The showcase is open for business and abuzz with activity. Meet with innovators and exhibitors one-on-one!
1:00 PM – 6:40 PM
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Limited Access
All times shown are EST (UTC -5).
9:00 AM
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1:00 PM
The Young Leaders Summit Atlantic 1, 2nd Floor, Convention Center
Private event - by acceptance only.
Each year, Phocuswright brings together the industry’s best and brightest travel leaders aged 35 and ... [read more]
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
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Startup Program Atlantic 2 & 3, 2nd Floor, Convention Center
Private event - by acceptance only.
Innovation is the lifeblood of any industry. The Startup Program is a curated networking platform to ... [read more]
10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
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Summit - presented by Amadeus
All times shown are EST (UTC -5).

Conference sessions take place in the Theater (Entrance through the Exhibitor Showcase; Great Hall 1 & 2, 3rd Floor, Convention Center); all other locations are noted.
1:00 PM
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3:00 PM
Welcome Networking & Coffee Break Sponsored by: Arrivia Exhibitor Showcase, Great Hall 1 & 2, 3rd Floor, Convention Center
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
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Welcome to Innovation: Summit Presented by: Amadeus
Summit, presented by Amadeus, showcases the best startup companies selected by industry experts and Phocuswright technology analysts. Get ready ... [read more]
Pete Comeau, Managing Director, Phocuswright Inc.Tony D'Astolfo, Senior Vice President, North America, Serko
1:40 PM – 1:48 PM
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Wheel the World
gowheeltheworld.com is an accessibility booking platform for people with disabilities to book hotels and tours confidently.
Presenter Alvaro Silberstein, Co-Founder & CEO, Wheel the World
1:48 PM – 1:57 PM
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Tripkicks
A simple add-on to business travel programs that provides the tools to influence traveler behavior.
Presenter Jeffrey Berk, CEO, Tripkicks
1:57 PM – 2:06 PM
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Local Purse
Web-based platform which supports travel guides, local artisans, and cultural vendors by using live video shopping.
Presenter Lola Akinmade Åkerström, Co-Founder & CEO, Local Purse
2:06 PM – 2:15 PM
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MyStay
85% of guests are asking for a new concept of reception based on contactless access, so why there are only 3% of properties with online check-in, ... [read more]
Presenter Pavlina Zychova, Co-Founder & CEO, MyStay
2:15 PM – 2:24 PM
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NoiseAware
The NoiseAware system is a sensor + software platform developed to measure noise levels, detect sustained disruptive noise, and resolve noise ... [read more]
Presenter Andrew Schulz, CEO, NoiseAware
2:24 PM – 2:33 PM
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reTravel Technologies Ltd
reTravel is an autonomous cross-selling technology for the travel industry designed to maximize traveler’s loyalty and value.
Presenter Revital Kristal, Founder and CEO, reTravel
2:33 PM – 2:42 PM
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RoomPriceGenie
@roompricegenie will show how independent hotels can use data-driven & intelligent pricing to compete with the revenue experts of this world.
Presenter Marvin Speh, Co-Founder, RoomPriceGenie
2:42 PM – 2:51 PM
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youtip
Enterprise level digital tipping system for an emerging cashless society; more money for workers, more convenience for guests.
Presenter Doug Miles, CEO, Youtip
2:51 PM – 3:00 PM
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Innovation Spotlight
All times shown are EST (UTC -5).

Conference sessions take place in the Theater (Entrance through the Exhibitor Showcase; Great Hall 1 & 2, 3rd Floor, Convention Center); all other locations are noted.
3:00 PM
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3:45 PM
Networking Break Sponsored by: Arrivia Exhibitor Showcase, Great Hall 1 & 2, 3rd Floor, Convention Center
3:15 PM – 3:45 PM
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Remembering Philip
All times shown are EST (UTC -5).

Conference sessions take place in the Theater (Entrance through the Exhibitor Showcase; Great Hall 1 & 2, 3rd Floor, Convention Center); all other locations are noted.
3:45 PM
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3:55 PM
Tribute to Philip Wolf, Founder of Phocuswright
Philip’s legacy lives on through the words of his closest friends, business partners and family.
Lorraine Sileo, Senior Analyst, Phocuswright Inc.
3:45 PM – 3:55 PM
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Launch
All times shown are EST (UTC -5).

Conference sessions take place in the Theater (Entrance through the Exhibitor Showcase; Great Hall 1 & 2, 3rd Floor, Convention Center); all other locations are noted.
3:55 PM
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5:40 PM
Welcome to Innovation: Launch
Thirteen established companies, selected by Phocuswright technology analysts, showcase new products and ideas changing the travel landscape. ... [read more]
Pete Comeau, Managing Director, Phocuswright Inc.
3:55 PM – 4:00 PM
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Midnightdeal
Midnightdeal has built a unique next-generation gamified hotel marketplace where both hoteliers as well as travellers get the best deal!
Presenter Lukas Zirker, Founder & CEO, Midnight Deal GmbH
4:00 PM – 4:10 PM
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Pattern Insurance
Pattern Insurance enables you to embed and control protection for any online booking business.
Presenter Noam Shapira, Co-Founder and President, Pattern Insurance (Setoo)
4:10 PM – 4:20 PM
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Xeniapp Inc.
Xeniapp is building the infrastructure of travel for the Web 3.0 economy. We serve all of the constituents of travel on one software platform.
Presenter Rachel Obenshain, President & Co-Founder, Xeniapp Inc
4:20 PM – 4:30 PM
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Cendyn
Starling is Cendyn’s next-generation customer data platform (CDP) that unites a hotel’s technology solutions and millions of guest data points to ... [read more]
Presenter Aileen Gerla, Director of Product Management, Cendyn
4:30 PM – 4:40 PM
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UpStay
UpStay is reinventing upselling by enabling hotels to unlock new profit opportunities with its automated & data-driven solution.
Presenter Maina Pietrobelli, Head of Business Development, UpStay
4:40 PM – 4:50 PM
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Travelpayouts
Travelpayouts gathered 300 000 vetted travel influencers and webmasters on their Digital Partnership Platform. How can brands benefit?
Presenter Janis Dzenis, PR Director, Travelpayouts
4:50 PM – 5:00 PM
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Buddy
See how Buddy's insurance gateway connects platforms with any insurance product to include in your booking path.
Presenter Charles Merritt, Co-Founder & CEO, Buddy
5:00 PM – 5:10 PM
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Road.Travel
Establishing a new industry standard for car travels with curated routes and connecting travel destinations to in-car experiences.
Presenter Richard Cutting-Miller, Executive Vice President USA, Road.Travel
5:10 PM – 5:20 PM
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Phocuswright Innovation Awards Ceremony
Find out the winners of Summit and Launch!
5:30 PM – 5:40 PM
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Happy Hour
5:40 PM
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10:00 PM
Igniting Innovation: Happy Hour Sponsored by: Amazon Ads Exhibitor Showcase, Great Hall 1 & 2, 3rd Floor, Convention Center
5:40 PM – 6:40 PM
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8:30 PM – 10:00 PM
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Note: All conference information (including program, speakers, etc.) is subject to change without notice.