The most important industry event for intermediaries in online travel

There's only one event known to be the industry's most important networking platform coupled with the most prescient content: The Phocuswright Conference.

Attendees that represent the biggest companies in online travel – as well as the most nimble and innovative upstarts – come poised to network and join the in-depth, strategic discussions moderated by unbiased and expert analysts and executives.

Integral players in the global travel industry rely on Phocuswright to cement their position and give them the competitive edge they need to future-proof their businesses.
Online travel's most impactful voices and companies:

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The following sessions are specifically geared toward distribution companies: 

  • Executive Roundtable: Hotel Strategies 2020 - Taking Control
    Philippe Garnier, Vice President, Third Party Distribution, IHG Intercontinental Hotels Group
    Alexander Pyhan, Vice President, Distribution, Marriott International

    Hotels are ramping up their tech to improve targeting, reward customers, make smarter distribution choices and offer a differentiated guest experience. How are they doing? Hear from some the industry’s key players in hotel marketing as they discuss their strategies, successes and challenges.
  • 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 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.
  • Executive Roundtable: Air Distribution Confusion: New Rules, New Roles
    Panelists
    Vince Chirico, SVP Global Supply Chain Partners, Carlson Wagonlit Travel
    Arber Deva, Senior Director, Head of Distribution Solutions, Lufthansa Group
    Roshan Mendis, CCO, Sabre
    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.
  • Keynote: OYO Hotels & Homes
    Ritesh Agarwal, Founder & CEO, OYO Hotels & Homes

    What originated as a virtual online brand aggregating independent budget hotels in India has evolved into a hospitality chain that leases and franchises properties in India, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Europe and — new this year — the U.S. Only six years since its founding, OYO reports growth that would make it one of the world’s biggest hospitality chains. Hear Ritesh Agarwal on how he has led this upstart unicorn, and how he plans to keep expanding its size and influence.
  • Executive Interview: TripAdvisor
    Steve Kaufer, CEO, TripAdvisor

    TripAdvisor forever changed hotel and destination selection when it elevated user-generated content to required pre-trip reading for millions of leisure travelers. In its 20 years of existence, the company has acquired platforms for tours and activities bookings, restaurant reservations, vacation home rentals, and more. The company's founder and CEO joins us for an in-depth chat on where TripAdvisor is headed next.
  • Executive Interview: Despegar
    Damian Scokin, CEO, Despegar.com Inc.

    The shift to a mobile-first world for travel transactions is accelerating globally, but market adoption varies. We sit down for a one-on-one chat with Despegar’s Damian Scokin to learn what’s driving the OTA’s success with mobile tech, and how the company’s recent rebranding campaign will direct growth going forward.
  • 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 Interview: Booking Holdings
    Glenn Fogel, CEO, Booking Holdings

    The leader of Booking Holdings has set his sights on integrating the company’s expanding portfolio of brands to facilitate a complete end-to-end “experience” platform. Get the inside scoop on Glenn Fogel’s vision for the future of the tech giant, and its prospects for creating a frictionless platform that seamlessly covers every stage in the funnel from inspiration to payment.
  • Executive Interview: Expedia
    Mark Okerstrom, President & CEO, Expedia Group, Inc.

    Bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to innovation and quick adaptation. Can a company with more than 20 brands selling across a growing swath of travel products and services successfully leverage its platforms and talent base to achieve excellence at everything simultaneously? Can it deliver a connected and seamless consumer experience — and beat its main rival to the punch? Two years after taking the reins, we talk with Expedia's CEO about the tech and marketplace trends capturing his attention, and his plans to maintain the company's position as the leader in global travel sales.
  • Executive Interview: KAYAK
    Steve Hafner, Co-Founder and CEO, KAYAK

    Hear from KAYAK’s CEO on the trajectory of meta, the future of OTA-meta relationships, and how key players and emerging upstarts are shaping the model. And that’s just his thoughts on metasearch; this online travel veteran also shares perspectives on the wider worlds of tech and online travel.
  • Executive Interview: GetYourGuide & Klook
    Eric Gnock Fah, Co-Founder & COO, Klook
    Johannes Reck, CEO & Co-Founder, GetYourGuide

    The tours and activities segment is the darling of the travel VC investment community. Case in point: Earlier this year, in rapid succession, SoftBank Vision Fund pumped record-breaking sums into Klook and GetYourGuide. We sit down with the leaders of these two competitors to find out what’s in store for the experiences segment overall, and whether the most recent funding round by SoftBank could fuel cooperation, or increase valuations that lead to a merger or a public offering — or both.
  • Keynote: OYO Hotels & Homes
    Ritesh Agarwal, Founder & CEO, OYO Hotels & Homes

    What originated as a virtual online brand aggregating independent budget hotels in India has evolved into a hospitality chain that leases and franchises properties in India, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Europe and — new this year — the U.S. Only six years since its founding, OYO reports growth that would make it one of the world’s biggest hospitality chains. Hear Ritesh Agarwal on how he has led this upstart unicorn, and how he plans to keep expanding its size and influence.
  • 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 & 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.  
    • Outsmart Competitors Who Scrape Your Data Presented by PerimeterX
      Competitors scrape your website to steal pricing data, content and intellectual property to use against you. Learn strategies to identify, outsmart and manage these sophisticated scraping bots.
    • 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.
    • Understanding the New Path to Purchase Presented by SimilarWeb
      Explore trends in digital shopping for lodging in light of growth from Google Travel and the vacation rental segment.
    • Taking Your Global Business into Local Markets Presented by WEX
      Achieving global reach in fragmented and changing local landscapes can be difficult. Hear the practical side of creating a frictionless payment experience for travelers as they travel to all destinations around the world.

See the full program here.

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

  • Executives from every major online travel company
  • Potential partners 
  • The latest innovations impacting the traveler lifecycle
  • Research presentations and sessions geared toward 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

Distribution-related attending companies:

  • 5M Travel Group
  • AAA
  • Agoda
  • Amadeus
  • American Express Global Business Travel
  • American Express
  • AmTrav
  • Arrivalist
  • Audley Travel & Loveholidays
  • BCD Travel
  • bd4travel GmbH
  • Booking Holdings
  • Bravonext SA
  • BringFido
  • Carlson Wagonlit Travel
  • CarTrawler
  • CIE Tours International
  • Cleartrip
  • Consolid Latam
  • Copastur
  • Cox and Kings Limited
  • Ctrip
  • DAYBREAKHOTELS
  • DER Touristik Group GmbH
  • Despegar.com
  • Edreams ODIGEO
  • Expedia Group
  • Ezeego
  • FareDepot.com
  • Fareportal
  • FindHotel BV
  • Flight Centre Travel Group
  • Fox World Travel
  • FRU.PL
  • Globus family of brands
  • goibibo
  • Google
  • Gulliver Group
  • Hipmunk
  • HolidayPirates GmbH
  • Hopjump
  • Hotelbeds
  • Hotelplan Management AG
  • Hotelscan
  • Hotwire
  • ID90Travel Inc.
  • Intent
  • ixigo.com
  • JTB Corp.
  • KAYAK
  • Kensington Tours
  • Kiwi Collection
  • Klook
  • Koddi
  • Lastminute.com Group
  • Livn
  • MakemyTrip
  • Musement
  • OAG
  • Odysseus Solutions
  • Otravo B.V.
  • Peek
  • Perfectstay
  • Priceline
  • Rakuten Inc.
  • RedAwning
  • redtag.ca
  • Reservamos
  • Rezdy
  • SAP Concur
  • Shadow Travel And Tours
  • Short's Travel Management
  • SnapTravel
  • Sojern
  • Tiqets
  • TourRadar
  • Travel Brands
  • Travelliance
  • Travelstart
  • TripActions
  • TripAdvisor
  • trivago
  • Tropical Tours
  • TrustYou
  • Viajanet
  • Virgin Galactic
  • Virtuoso
  • Vola.ro
  • Vrbo
  • WEX
  • Yapta, Inc


In addition to your industry peers, the most influential suppliers, innovators and technology solution providers are fully engaged at the Phocuswright Conference.

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