Where leaders in venture and corporate investing find their next big deal

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 solid investment opportunities.

This event is ideal for leaders in venture and corporate investing 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.
Investors, Analysts, Buyers and Innovators:

All in one place. This is where the most successful and influential investors and leaders in the finance sector interact to create new partnerships, exchange ideas and understand the best investment opportunities in travel.

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The following sessions are specifically geared toward the finance sector: 

  • 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: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, the finance sector should expect:

  • Prominent investors of the world's leading travel companies
  • Potential investments and partners 
  • The latest innovations impacting the traveler lifecycle
  • Research presentations and sessions geared toward the evolving accommodations 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 funding and investments

Finance sector attending companies:

  • AETHOS Consulting Group
  • Altimeter Capital
  • ATPCO
  • Baird & Company
  • Benchmark Capital
  • Capital One Ventures
  • Catalyst Investors
  • Coatue Management
  • CPP Investment Board
  • CVC Corp
  • Evercore
  • General Catalyst Partners
  • Glenview Capital Management
  • Hickory Global Partners
  • Highgate Ventures
  • Hudson Crossing


  • KSL Capital Partners
  • Longview Asset Management
  • Lufthansa Innovation Hub GmbH
  • Metis Consulting Group
  • Navesink Advisory Group LLC
  • PAR Capital Management
  • Principal Global Investors
  • SRS Investment Management
  • Surveyor Capital
  • Technology Crossover Ventures
  • Torch Partners
  • Trifera
  • UBS
  • Warburg Pincus
  • XTrader
  • ...and more