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: 

  • 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.
  • 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: Hotel Strategies 2020 - Taking Control
    Lisa Checchio, Chief Marketing Officer, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
    Alexander Pyhan, VP, 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: 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
    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.
  • 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.
    • 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!
    • 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.
    • Successful Travel Marketplace Payments Can Walk and Chew Gum at the Same Time! Presented by YapStone
      The better your payments work for you, the bigger and faster your business can grow. Learn how to create a stellar customer experience and build trust so you can successfully process complex payments.
    • 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.
    • The best payment experience: Are we there yet? Or have we gone too far? Presented by Worldpay from FIS
      For years, we have tried to optimize the payment experience, with invisible payments as the ultimate goal (e.g., Uber). But for some, this has gone too far. Regulators are keen to make payments “safer” and customers more aware of what they pay and when with regulations like PSD2 and Strong Customer Authentication. The challenge is: How do you, as travel providers, satisfy both with the best possible payment experience? Explore payment experience and learn how omni-channel solutions, tokenization and biometric authentication can help your company to enhance the user experience.

See the full program here.

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:

  • 3i
  • Accel
  • Accenture
  • Altimeter Capital
  • American Express
  • Baird
  • Cambon Partners
  • Capital One
  • Certares Management LLC
  • Citi
  • Clear Sky Associates
  • ConnexPay
  • DC Advisory
  • Evercore
  • Founders Factory
  • Francisco Partners
  • General Atlantic
  • General Catalyst Partners
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Guggenheim Securities LLC
  • Highgate Ventures
  • Hudson Crossing
  • JetBlue Technology Ventures
  • KSL Capital Partners
  • Longview Asset management
  • Lufthansa Innovation Hub GmbH
  • Megeve Investments
  • Meridian Management Group
  • Mesirow Financial
  • Moelis & Co.
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Nomura Securities International
  • Oppenheimer & Co.
  • PAR Capital
  • Raymond James Corporate Finance GmbH
  • RBC Capital Markets
  • SIG
  • Social Capital
  • SoftBank
  • Synchrony Financial
  • Technology Crossover Ventures
  • Temasek International Pte Ltd
  • Thayer Ventures
  • Torch Partners
  • U.S. Bank
  • Visa
  • UATP
  • UBS
  • Volition Capital
  • Warburg Pincus
  • WEX