Where airline executives meet with their industry peers

The Phocuswright Conference annually attracts nearly 2,000 innovators, decision makers and C-level executives, representing dozens of countries from every travel, tourism and hospitality sector. No other conference provides access to such an elite and motivated group of prospective clients and industry associates and peers.

This event is ideal for leaders from airlines and transportation companies who want to discover the latest innovations, find lucrative partnerships and investments and meet with the top C-level executives in the global hospitality industry.
Airlines, Distributors, Partners and Competitors:

All in one place. This is where the most successful and influential companies and leaders in the airline and transportation sector interact to create new partnerships, exchange ideas and understand what competitors are doing.

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The following sessions are specifically geared toward the air and transportation sectors: 

  • Executive Roundtable: Air Distribution Confusion: New Rules, New Roles
    Vince Chirico, SVP Global Supply Chain Partners, Carlson Wagonlit Travel
    Arber Deva, Senior Director, Head of Distribution Solutions, Lufthansa Group
    Roshan Mendis, Chief Commercial Officer, Sabre Travel Network
    Moshe Rafiah, CEO & Founder, TRAVELfusion Ltd.

    Ready or not, new standards are affecting all facets of travel distribution. IATA’s NDC and One Order are spurring new approaches to content, business models, customer records and, soon enough, traveler engagement. Is it just a matter of time before the promise of personalized offers, on-the-fly bundles, and dynamic pricing make the current way of selling airline tickets obsolete? In this detailed discussion, stakeholders debate the new facets of airline distribution and their impact on the entire travel distribution landscape.
  • Executive Interview: Virgin Galactic & Social Capital
    Chamath Palihapitiya, Chairman, Virgin Galactic and Founder and CEO, Social Capital
    Brad Gerstner, CEO, Altimeter Capital

    Some have said that Chamath Palihapitiya, CEO of Social Capital, will "change your opinion on everything," often in a style that is both controversial and provocative but also brilliant. Also recently appointment chairman of Richard Branson's space age venture Virgin Galactic, Chamath takes the stage with Brad Gerstner, founder and CEO of Altimeter Capital, in this exclusive one-on-one session.
  • Executive Roundtable: A Segment of One - Have We Arrived?
    Jeffrey Glueck, CEO, Foursquare
    Simon Whitcombe, VP, Group Lead, eCommerce, Travel & Emerging Disruptors, Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook Inc.

    Better technology, not least of all AI, is unlocking the power of data to tailor and target like never before. Providers are growing more confident in their ability to match travelers with the right offers, to surprise and delight in-trip, and to create deeper satisfaction. How far are we from a frictionless end-to-end journey that meets all of the traveler’s unique needs? To what extent do travelers want this, and how should travel providers be considering the need for privacy and security in the equation?
  • Executive Interview: American Express Global Business Traveler
    Greg O'Hara, Executive Chairman, Amex GBT; Founder & Senior Managing Director, Certares

    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 of investment firm Certares, with investments in cruise, packaged travel and more. Find out what’s up next for Amex GBT, and what O’Hara sees on travel’s horizon.
  • Keynote + Executive Interivew: Kara Swisher
    Kara Swisher, Editor at Large of Recode; Host, Recode Decode Podcast; Executive Producer, Code Conference

    Disruptive technology is the holy grail of the travel industry, but where is true innovation to be found? Acclaimed tech journalist Kara Swisher has interviewed hundreds of tech execs, politicians, celebrities, social activists, and other high-profile movers and shakers intent on changing the world. She examines the contours, impact and future of innovation.
  • Executive Roundtable: Street Talk
    Jake Fuller, Managing Director, Guggenheim Securities LLC
    Mark Mahaney, Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets
    Lloyd Walmsley, Research Analyst, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.
    Seema Mody, Global Markets Reporter, CNBC

    Phocuswright's signature session dedicated to the intersection of finance, investment, M&A, IPOs and the world's largest industry - travel, tourism and hospitality. Wall Street's leading analysts on digital, travel and hospitality share their perspectives on where the money, the market and its movers will go next.
  • Innovation Summit and Launch
    Phocuswright is travel's stage for innovation. The companies represent the most innovative in two categories – Innovation Summit (young companies) and Launch (established companies). The program is packed with market-changing innovations presented in a fast-paced, no-holds-barred environment.
  • Breakout sessions that advance the industry.
    This is where the industry transforms theory into practice. During breakouts, attendees receive educational content from industry leaders in an intimate, interactive environment to discover, learn and hone skills.
    • Travel EQ: Bridging the Gap Between High-Tech and High-Touch Presented by American Express
      With more people traveling and overwhelming options available, travelers are looking for help to create personalized experiences. Learn best practices to be a trusted advisor and drive customer loyalty.  
    • Get Ready for 5G to Transform Travel and Hospitality Presented by Luxoft
      5G is set to transform travel and tourism. Virtual reality, robots, AI and IoT-enabled venues will provide the ultimate in luxury experiences to all guests. Learn how to get ready for 5G!
    • Multi-Channel Marketing in a World of Walled Gardens Presented by Sojern
      In this session, travel marketers learn innovative strategies to better manage multi-channel digital marketing campaigns across walled gardens like Google, Facebook and Apple.
  • Plus, executives from the biggest companies in travel like Ctrip, Booking Holdings, Expedia, TripAdvisor, KAYAK, Airbnb, Lyft, Uber, AccorHotels, Despegar, eDreams Odigeo, and much more. There are numerous companies and attendees presenting the latest tech innovations and more that the finance sector must keep top of mind.

See the full program here

In addition to the unprecedented networking opportunities, airline executives should expect:

  • Executives from leading transportation companies and intermediaries
  • Potential investors and partners 
  • The latest innovations impacting the traveler lifecycle and air purchasing
  • Research presentations and sessions geared towards the evolving travel and distribution market, regions like India and Europe, plus the state of digital travel
  • The leading intermediaries and business partners distributing travel products
  • Valuable sessions on how the broader digital travel market impacts the traveler lifecycle

Airline sector-related attending companies:

  • AirHelp
  • All Nippon Airways
  • ARC (Airlines Reporting Corporation)
  • BYOjet
  • CheapOair
  • dnata
  • Dohop
  • Exosonic
  • Flight Centre Travel Group
  • Flymya
  • Jetcost
  • Kiwi.com
  • Lufthansa Group
  • Lufthansa Innovation Hub GmbH
  • OAG
  • Pilota
  • PROS
  • Routehappy
  • Sabre
  • Skyscanner
  • United Airlines
  • Virigin Galactic
  • World Aviation Festival

In addition to your industry peers, the most influential companies directly impacting your distribution are fully engaged at the Phocuswright Conference. Partners from travel agencies, OTAs, TMCs, metasearch, search and GDSs are joined by technology disruptors, innovators and upstarts focused on the airline industry.

View all attendee companies here