Program of the Day
Setting up the day, John Matson, Managing Director of Voyager HQ will guide the crowd through the itinerary for the day and new programming highlights for this year’s Travel Disruption Summit.
At breakfast, attendees get to know one another and kickstart a day of thoughtful discussion by learning about the innovation landscape in a vertical outside of their own expertise. Attendees choose their own table topic, and moderators will guide attendees through recent trends within the category in a casual introduction session while fueling up for the day.
Leaders in the industry will highlight the biggest opportunities in the market and what they see technology trends impacting.
The Travel Industry Roundtables are where the most important conversations about innovation and technology development in travel will occur.Over lunch, innovators from different areas of the industry will explore how we can collaborate to build better experiences for future generations of travelers.
REVERSE PITCH SESSION:
Heads of leading Corporate Innovation programs take the main stage to share their company’s perspectives on what makes a relationship work between a startup and an enterprise company - with live questions from a panel of inquisitive travel startup founders, eventually crowning one corporate innovation program the winner for the evening.
The day's programming will with a selection of early-stage visionary founders pitching their innovations for the near future of travel, in a competition for a top prize. All founders received feedback on four criteria (business model, pitch, fundability, and product market fit) from both the panelists and the audience members.
how To apply:
Upload a 45-second video pitch below
Share your link with your community. More votes, more visibility!
Finalists will be selected by our committee and be invited to pitch onstage at TDS 2019
08:30 AM Breakfast Roundtable Discussion
09:30 AM Kickoff
10:00 AM General Session
10:30 AM Aviation Session
11:00 AM Hospitality Session
11:30 AM Tourism Session
12:00 PM Lunch Roundtables
01:30 PM Network break
02:00 PM Roundtable Recap
02:45 PM Reverse Pitch
03:30 PM Startup Pitches
07:30 PM After Party
Each roundtable topic will be explored within the context of its own vertical: Aviation, Hospitality, or Tourism.
It’s what most people think of first when they think of travel: one of the largest and most regulated industries in the world, the aviation business holds so many intricacies it deserves a conference all it’s own. At the Travel Disruption Summit this year, we’ll be exploring the future of aviation technology through multiple lenses, including distribution, in-flight experience, and the path to driving internal innovation.
There’s a lot to discuss in hospitality innovation. In this track, experts from all sides of the industry will be sharing perspectives on emerging models and infrastructure, the post-sharing economy business landscape, creative uses of infrastructure and inventory, optimizing technology in the guest experience, and working within a nuanced ecosystem of property owners, management companies, and brands.
Tourism is an enormous market, and rife with opportunity to leverage through technology. Some of the topics we’ll cover in this year’s Tourism track include the recent trend shift towards experiential travel, sustainability initiatives in popular destinations, and innovations in the logistical side of visiting a new place.
DISCOVERY / INSPIRATION
Travelers spend countless hours consuming travel content before making the decision to book a flight, accommodation or tour. These conversations are focused on engaging people at this earliest stage of their travel experience.
SEARCH / AGGREGATION
Consumers searching for travel do a lot of comparison shopping across channels, companies, destination, dates, levels of service. These conversations will focus on solutions for sourcing, optimizing, and packaging all the data needed to generate a conversion.
INVENTORY / DISTRIBUTION
Getting travel inventory to consumers is a high-friction process caused by suppliers, distributors, wholesalers, and resellers with competing interests. These conversations focus on the using advances in technology to streamline the the booking experience.
With restrictions, regulations and conversions, travel brings a lot of complexity to merchandising and payment processing. These conversations will explore tools that are making purchasing travel easier for everyone, from anywhere.
In-trip transportation is important both to travelers and locals, but these groups often have different needs and expectations. These conversations will focus on solutions that allow people to explore destinations more fully.
Some of the most important experiences that make a brand memorable to travelers are the micro-moments that take place en route from one place to another. The Experiences roundtables will discuss the steps travel brands are taking to surprise and delight their customers in unexpected moments and ways.
Business travelers have their own set of needs across all phases of the travel experience, more so when leisure is added into the mix. These conversations will focus on solutions for the modern business traveler and travel manager’s interests.
Sustainability & COnservation
As much as any industry, travel is impacted by the threat of climate change and the destruction of our environment. Entire destinations now face devastation from natural disasters and accelerating erosion from over-tourism. These roundtables will tackle how the hospitality, tourism and aviation sectors are taking action to preserve the global ecosystem as we know it.
Loyalty from inconsistent and price-conscious travelers has long been an elusive target for travel brands. These conversations will explore emerging new models for loyalty that tackle the unpredictable market and give travelers the relationship with a brand that keeps them coming back.
Despite being one of the most reliable sectors of travel, the concept of a luxury vacation is changing as travelers care less about comfort and more about immersive experiences. In these sessions, experts will meet on the evolving nature of the luxury market and new tech that enables travel professionals to serve it better.
Much of the travelers experience is orchestrated behind the scenes by both experienced professionals and sophisticated operational tech. The conversations at the these tables will look for ways to streamline and build for greater operational efficiency in our three verticals of travel.
EARLY BIRD PRICING
ENDS ON APRIL 1ST!
Companies under four years of age with less than $5M in funding are eligible for discounted tickets to the Travel Disruption Summit.
All innovative companies and thought leaders in the travel and technology industry are invited to the conversation on the future of travel.
Penn Plaza Pavilion
With Madison Square Garden and Penn Station right across the street, the Penn Plaza Pavilion is the perfect venue for this year's conference. We’ll be close to the action with the bustling activity of midtown Manhattan below, and easily accessible to all major subway lines and one of the city’s major taxi hubs on 7th Avenue.