Industry Roundtables

Tuesday, November 16 and Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Participate in intimate, off-record curated roundtable discussions based on your business interests, moderated by industry experts and Phocuswright analysts.

The roundtable discussions are an opportunity for you to get together with like-minded attendees and industry experts in an informal setting to examine issues as they relate to the table topic.

How it works

Attendees who have registered for the conference (enhanced ticket) will be able participate in the roundtable discussions.

A limited number of people will be assigned to each table in order to facilitate meaningful conversations and networking opportunities for the participants. You will have the opportunity to let us know which roundtable discussion you would like to join.

Timing

The industry roundtable discussions will take place on November 16 and 17. They are scheduled for one hour. The roundtable discussions are a great way to kick off Center Stage at The Phocuswright Conference!

Industry Roundtables

Tuesday, November 16

Intermediaries

Topic
Intermediaries Redefined
Debate the latest challenges and opportunities that guide distribution.

Industry Experts
TBA

Who should join this table
OTA, Travel Agency, Tour Operator, Wholesaler, TMC, Metasearch, GDS, Booking Engine, Distribution Technology

HOTELS & HOSPITALITY

Topic
Lodging Transformed
The merging of hospitality and short-term rentals has created a brand-new – and enormous – lodging marketplace. Who will prevail and will the customer decide?

Industry Experts
TBA

Who should join this table
Hotel, Hotel Technology, Loyalty Program, Short-Term Rental, Bedbank, Resort, Serviced Apartment

Technology

Topic
The Digital Future
Voice, chatbots, AI, VR, blockchain, etc. – all promise to transform the way we search, shop for and experience travel. How far along are we really?

Industry Experts
TBA

Who should join this table
Technology Solution Provider, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR), Back-Office, Blockchain, GDS, Hardware, Messaging/Chat, Search, Security/Fraud, Virtual Reality (VR), Voice

Experiences

Topic
Down, Not Out
Travel activities – the collection of tours, activities and attractions that destinations offer – are at the core of what turns a trip into an experience. As the virus subsides, the travel activities sector is hoping for some normalcy. Discuss how companies forge their own paths through the chaotic landscape.

Industry Experts
TBA

Who should join this table
Attraction, Tours & Activities Operators; Distribution and Technology; DMOs, Travel Agencies, Lodging and Tour Operating Companies Seeking to Expand Into Activities

Sustainability

Topic
Travel Better
Finding a way to maintain travel and tourism long-term without harming natural and cultural environments. Minimizing the negative impacts of tourism and create a beneficial environment for the area in which it takes place.

Industry Experts
TBA

Who should join this table
Anyone Interested and/or Vested in Sustainability (Climate Change, Conscious Business, Overtourism, People & Culture, Responsible Travel, Sustainable Destination Development, Waste & Pollution)

Interested in Sponsoring?

The Roundtables boast a small, specialized group of travel executives and decision makers. A sponsorship enables your company to gain a high degree of visibility and develop vital relationships with this highly targeted audience.

Get in touch with our team by email or call us at +1 860 350-4084 x505 for more information on sponsorship opportunities for the industry roundtables.

Wednesday, November 17

Traveler Behavior

Topic
Changing Behavior and Sentiments
Consumer travel patterns can help predict what travelers do next. In the face of financial uncertainty and safety concerns, the traveler outlook has changed. Can travel demand, aspirations and changing priorities in lodging or spend serve as a touchpoint for companies navigating the recovery?

Industry Experts
TBA

Who should join this table
Business Development, Marketing, DMO, Associations, Government

Innovation & Startups

Topic
The Investor/Startup View
Explore innovation, the state of startups, the climate for raising capital, and how to recognize the overlooked from the overhyped.

Industry Experts
TBA

Who should join this table
Startup, Venture Capitalist, Private Equity, Financial Analyst, Incubator, Accelerator

Business Travel

Topic
Corporate Travel in Today's Environment
Following a decade of rapid growth and profound change, the short-term rental market is now mainstream. The category is quickly professionalizing and moving toward a more reliable, consistent, higher-quality experience, as property managers now account for a majority of supply in the market. Has there been a recent uptick in rentals during the pandemic? Our research shows two factors that are crucial to return to travel: flexibility and control. How do these 2 factors benefit the short-term market?

Industry Experts
TBA

Who should join this table
Corporate Travel, TMC

Short-Term Rentals

Topic
Here To Stay: Short-Term Rentals Move Mainstream
Explore innovation, the state of startups, the climate for raising capital, and how to recognize the overlooked from the overhyped.

Industry Experts
TBA

Who should join this table
Short-Term Rental, Property Management, Revenue Management

Diversity and Inclusion

Topic
Let Your Voice Be Heard
Explore innovation, the state of startups, the climate for raising capital, and how to recognize the overlooked from the overhyped.

Industry Experts
TBA

Who should join this table
Everyone

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2020 Industry Roundtable Moderators

Join the conversation! Attendees are the leaders of the discussion with roundtable moderators setting the stage and keeping ideas flowing.

Timothy Hughes Timothy Hughes VP Corporate Development Agoda Neil Geurin Neil Geurin Managing Director, Sales and Distribution Strategy American Airlines Inc. Mark McSpadden Mark McSpadden VP, Global Product Strategy & Experience American Express Global Business Travel Miriam Moscovici Miriam Moscovici Senior Director, Research & Innovation BCD Travel Maggie Rauch Maggie Rauch Online Travel Research Analyst Clarity in Crisis Greg Abbott Greg Abbott Head of Travel, Transportation & Hospitality Practice DataArt Solutions, Inc. Jeff Lobl Jeff Lobl Managing Director - Global Distribution Delta Air Lines Inc. Doug Lansky Doug Lansky Travel Journalist / Author / Advisor / Keynote Speaker DougLansky.com Kevin Locraft Kevin Locraft Vice President of Partner Success, Vacation Rental at Expedia Group Expedia Group Dan Boyan Dan Boyan VP, Sales Fastly Paul Tilstone Paul Tilstone Managing Partner FESTIVE ROAD Katie Virtue Katie Virtue Consultant FESTIVE ROAD Inga Hlín Pálsdottir Inga Hlín Pálsdottir Senior Advisor Future Place Leadership Christina Heggie Christina Heggie Global Partnership Solutions Lead, Travel Google LLC Dee Waddell Dee Waddell Global Managing Director IBM Klaus Kohlmayr Klaus Kohlmayr Chief Evangelist IDeaS Revenue Solutions Philippe Garnier Philippe Garnier VP Third Party Distribution Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) Daniel Parayre Daniel Parayre CEO & Principal Consultant Intervention DRP Inc. Bex Shapiro Bex Shapiro Global Social Media Manager Intrepid Travel Amy Burr Amy Burr Managing Director, Operations and Partnerships JetBlue Technology Ventures Nathan Szabo Nathan Szabo Global Head of Experiences Klook Carolina Sass de Haro Carolina Sass de Haro Market Specialist, Latin America Mapie David Litwak David Litwak CEO Mozio Gregory DeShields Gregory DeShields Executive Director PHL Diversity Jill Menze Jill Menze News Editor PhocusWire Mitra Sorrells Mitra Sorrells Senior Reporter PhocusWire Mark Blutstein Mark Blutstein Research Analyst Phocuswright Inc. Walter Buschta Walter Buschta Vice President, Marketing Phocuswright Inc. Michael Coletta Michael Coletta Manager of Research and Innovation Phocuswright Inc. Pete Comeau Pete Comeau Managing Director Phocuswright Inc. Charuta Fadnis Charuta Fadnis Senior Vice President, Research and Product Strategy Phocuswright Inc. Alice Jong Alice Jong Research Manager Phocuswright Inc. Madeline List Madeline List Research Analyst Phocuswright Inc. Norm Rose Norm Rose Senior Technology and Corporate Market Analyst Phocuswright Inc. Ashish Arya Ashish Arya Global Head of Marketing, Travel Pinterest Vanessa De Souza Lage Vanessa De Souza Lage CMO Rentals United Robert Cole Robert Cole Senior Research Analyst, Lodging and Leisure Travel, Phocuswright Inc. and CEO RockCheetah Traci Mercer Traci Mercer SVP - Lodging, Ground and Sea + Indirect Channels Segments Sabre Aaron Gowell Aaron Gowell Chief Conductor SilverRail Technologies Cady Wolf Cady Wolf Vice President, Americas Sojern Katherine Grass Katherine Grass Venture Partner and CEO Thayer Ventures Chris Hemmeter Chris Hemmeter Managing Director Thayer Ventures Luuc Elzinga Luuc Elzinga Founder & President Tiqets T.J. Clark T.J. Clark Co-Founder & President TurnKey Vacation Rentals Nicole Asling Nicole Asling Travel & Airline Relationship Management Director Worldpay from FIS Thomas Helldorff Thomas Helldorff VP of Airlines and Travel Worldpay from FIS