Travel Disruption Summit 2019
 
 
 

TRAVEL DISRUPTION SUMMIT

MAY 22nd, 2019

 

THE SYMPOSIUM FOR TRAVEL TECH LEADERS AND INNOVATORS. SHAPE THE FUTURE OF THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY.

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Speakers

Program of the Day

KICKOFF

Setting up the day, John Matson, Managing Director of Voyager HQ will guide the crowd through the itinerary for the day and program highlights for this year’s Travel Disruption Summit.

KEYNOTE:
Adapting to Disruption in Technology with Stephane Durand of Amadeus

In this intimate discussion, Stephane Durand, Senior Vice President Online Americas at Amadeus and Jill Menze, News Editor at PhocusWire, will dive into the opportunities and challenges for travel companies of all sizes that are adapting to technology disruption, how to define success while taking a broader view of the industry, and lessons learned from building technology products to connect travel companies beyond traditional distribution.

TOURISM

ONLINE TRAVEL:
Capturing the Experiences Market

As travelers of all demographics put increasing importance on quality experiences while traveling, smart brands are finding a new path to customer loyalty through a holistic booking experience. Airlines and OTAs are expanding into the activities space and brands are shifting towards becoming all-in-one travel facilitation platforms for their customers. In this new landscape, how can brands maintain a lead in customer loyalty? In this session, we poll emerging leaders in the online activities space about what the future of end-to-end travel booking will look like.

HOSPITALITY

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH KELSEY RECHT:
Breakthroughs in dynamic booking

Arlo Hotels is at work on reinventing hospitality, from its unique guest experience onsite to how the company manages its supply chain and relationships.Meanwhile, Venuebook has been perfecting real-time hotel availability and inventory data that can be accessed on the fly by event planners and traveling professionals. In this convergence of supplier and tech provider, we'll see what shifts can be made to perfect hotel inventory - making for better yields, and thus better amenities that are passed down to the travelers.

AVIATION

PANEL:
Transforming Aviation from the Inside Out

The airline industry isn’t exactly known as being synonymous with rapid innovation. After all, how can management strive to create significant change in an enterprise structure where 80% of the P&L is regulated? In this session, four executives of leading airlines will discuss how they are prioritizing new technology adoption, internal culture changes, and adapting to market trends faster to help move their businesses and the industry forward.

REVERSE PITCH SESSION:
Testing the Boundaries of Corporate Innovation

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.

Presenters

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BREAKFAST ROUNDTABLES

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.

 

GENERAL SESSION

Leaders in the industry will highlight the biggest opportunities in the market and what they see technology trends impacting.

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ROUNDTABLES

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.

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Startup Pitches

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:

To keep the voting fair, please record a 45-second video of your pitch.
No product videos please!

  1. Record and upload a 45-seconds video of your elevator pitch.

  2. Share your link with your community. More votes, more visibility!

  3. Finalists will be selected by our committee and be invited to pitch onstage at TDS 2019

    Note: startup pitch finalists will be chosen by a selection committee. Number of popular votes is used as a guideline, but is not the sole criteria by which finalists will be selected.

Agenda

Morning

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


Afternoon

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

Evening

07:30 PM After Party

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Roundtables

Each roundtable topic will be explored within the context of its own vertical: Aviation, Hospitality, or Tourism.

 

AVIATION

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.




HOSPITALITY

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

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.

PAYMENTS

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.


Ports & Mobility

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.


Experiences

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.

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CORPORATE & LUXURY TRAVEL

These conversations will focus on solutions for the modern business traveler and travel manager’s interests, as well as the evolving nature of the luxury market and new tech that enables travel professionals to serve it better.

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.

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Loyalty

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.

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OPERATIONS

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.

 
 

 

Companies Attending

Adventure Travelz

Aer Lingus

Affirm

Air Canada

Air France KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

ALICE

Amadeus

American Airlines

American Express Global Business Travel

Analytified

Arlo Hotels

Arrivalist

ATPCO

AutoRentals.com

Avant Ski

bitemojo

BlueWander

BNDWGN.co

CashSwap

CheapOair

CIE Tours International

Citi

Culture Trip

Curious on Tanzania

Delta

Digs Travel

Emadri

Eurowings Group

Evaneos

Expedia Group

Explorest

Fareportal

Five Star Alliance

Flight Centre Travel Group

Flymya

Flyright

Foray Travel + Event Design

FROSCH

Galileo Tech Media

GayStay

GetYourGuide

Groupdesk


HelloGbye

HERE Mobility

HootBoard

HotelsByDay

HUNTER

ICM Hub Inc.

Impact Travel Alliance

IMPULSE Travel

Independent Lodging Congress

Innovation Norway

International Voyager, Inc.

iVeew, Inc.

JetBlue Technology Ventures

Journy

JTB Americas Ltd.

KAYAK

Knock Knock City

LatitudeGo

LookStyler

Lufthansa Group

Lufthansa German Airlines

LugLess

Luna Travel Technology

Makomi

Map Happy

Marriott International

Michigan Ross

Musement

My Bag Check

NEXT Travel Stream

No No No

Northstar Travel Group

Norwegian Air Shuttle

PALcapital

ParkerMace

PaxEx.Aero

PhocusWire

Phocuswright

Portico

Prontopia

Qapital

Recorp

RoadGoat

Rocketrip


Secret Flights

Shep

Silicon Valley Bank

Skift

Skylads

Smartvel

Sojern

Spotin

Stay22

Suiteness

Tastemakers Africa

The Company Dime

The WeKan Company

Thomalex Inc.

TourRadar

Travel Massive

Travel Unity

Travelade

TravelBank

TravelInsurance.com

Travelomind Inc.

Travelzoo Europe

TRILL

Trip Loop

TripAdvisor

Tripsha

Turkish Airlines

TWIP

United Airlines

Uplift

URBAN-X

VAWAA

VenueBook

ViaHero

Viare Travel

VirtualTraveller

Virtuoso

VisaHQ

Visit Philadelphia

Wanderful

Welcome

xCheck

XenoDATA Parnters

YouLive to Travel


PRICING

Startups

$599

Companies under four years of age with less than $5M in funding are eligible for discounted tickets to the Travel Disruption Summit.

Industry

$999

All innovative companies and thought leaders in the travel and technology industry are invited to the conversation on the future of travel.

 

Venue

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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.