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: Airlines - From NDC to LCCs
    Panelists
    Frederic Lalonde, Founder and CEO, Hopper Inc.
    Kathy Morgan, Vice President, NDC, Sabre Holdings
    Tye Radcliffe, Director of Distribution, United Airlines Inc.
  • Executive Roundtable: The Remaking of Corporate Travel
    Ride hailing, home sharing, mobile, chat: The same forces that have upended consumer travel have infiltrated corporate programs – and the impact is big. The lines get blurrier as non-traditional content continues to blend with the GDS, and leisure extensions to business trips expand traveler expectations. Panelists from all sides of the ecosystem discuss how they are meeting the demands of today's business traveler while tweaking corporate programs for good.
  • Above the Crowd: Bill Gurley Interviewed by Brad Gerstner
    Benchmark partner and legendary investor Bill Gurley sits down with Altimeter Capital's Brad Gerstner for an in-depth discussion on the state of digital disruption, investing, startups, the power of big tech, and what it means for global travel, tourism and hospitality.
  • Executive Roundtable: Travel and the Future of Cities
    Travel’s disruptive new ideas carve new grooves in the urban landscape, while a global surge in guests flocking to hot spots sometimes erodes what they came to enjoy. Home sharing, ride hailing and travel itself have cities grappling with an unprecedented array of consequences and opportunities. Leaders from travel and advocates for better city living discuss the best path forward.
  • Executive Roundtable: Street Talk
    Phocuswright's signature session is 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.
  • Plus, executives from the biggest companies in travel like Ctrip, Booking Holdings, Expedia, TripAdvisor, KAYAK, Airbnb, Lyft, Uber, AccorHotels, Hilton Hotels, 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.


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:

  • AirPlus International, Inc.
  • Airside Mobile
  • Airtkt.com
  • American Airlines
  • American Express
  • ARC (Airlines Reporting Corporation)
  • Emirates


  • Expert Flyer
  • Flight Network
  • JETCOST
  • OAG
  • Route Happy
  • SAS
  • Lufthansa Innovation Hub GmbH
  • ...and more