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2015 Venue

Diplomat Resort & Spa
555 South Ocean Drive
Hollywood, Florida 33019 USA

Dream Demographics

Travel industry leaders from around the world will attend The Phocuswright Conference live or via streaming and on-demand video. Among them are the travel, tourism and hospitality industry's most influential leaders, visionary thinkers and innovators with the "Next Big Idea."

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Conference Program


Monday, Nov 16

The Phocuswright Conference

Sessions take place in the Theater of the Great Hall on the third floor of the Convention Center. Other locations are noted. All times shown are EST (GMT -5 hours).

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm

Battleground Briefing Icon_small_calendar

(Exclusively for Battleground contestants.)

2:30 pm - 6:20 pm

The Battleground Icon_small_calendar

NEW FOR 2015! The inaugural Battleground competition is a unique preliminary Travel Innovation Summit round. The Battleground features 20 early-stage travel innovators with six minutes each to wow the crowd of pre-conference attendees. In the end, three will move on to be part of the official Travel Innovation Summit.

6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

The Travel Innovation Summit Demonstrator Briefing Icon_small_calendar

(Exclusively for innovators and Battleground contestants.)

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Opening Bash Icon_small_calendar

Sponsored by: ADARA and Trueffect

This evening cocktail reception announces the winners of The Battleground and welcomes all attendees of The Phocuswright Conference.

Tuesday, Nov 17

The Travel Innovation Summit, Presented by Brand USA -

Sessions take place in the Theater of the Great Hall on the third floor of the Convention Center. Other locations are noted. All times shown are EST (GMT -5 hours).

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast and Networking Icon_small_calendar

9:00 am - 9:05 am

Welcome to The Travel Innovation Summit, Presented by Brand USA - Icon_small_calendar

Find out who's who and what's what. Don't miss the introduction of the morning innovators and Dragons. VOTE FOR THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD WINNER (the company with the coolest, most relevant and game-changing travel innovation) via SMS through 7:00 pm.

9:05 am - 9:15 am

PriceMethod Icon_small_calendar


We will discuss how we can apply machine-learning to a fragmented inventory type, lessons learned from pricing unique inventory, and how we can bring models used by major OTA’s to the peer-to-peer space, and help speed up the growth/professionalization of this inventory class.


Andrew Kitchell, PriceMethod

9:15 am - 9:25 am

Evergage Icon_small_calendar


Travel companies can now capitalize on browsing behavior and historical data in real time with personalization.


Karl Wirth, Founder and CEO, Evergage

9:25 am - 9:35 am

Africa Bookings Icon_small_calendar


Africa overview. Current African Hotel Distribution Chain. Africabookings Solution.


Bruce Tapping, CEO, Africa Bookings

9:35 am - 9:45 am

Qaribu Icon_small_calendar


Discover a pioneering marketplace with revolutionary planning and booking functions and witness the newest technology for omni-channel sales.


Oliver Köhlenbeck, Co-Founder, Business Development, Qaribu AG

9:45 am - 9:55 am

Rakuten Inc. Icon_small_calendar


Shunsuke Hoshino, Executive Officer & Vice Department Manager, Rakuten Inc.

9:55 am - 10:05 am

Guiddoo World Icon_small_calendar


Find out how to build in-destination experiences to enhance the traveler experience during the trip.


Vineet Budki, Founder, Guiddoo

10:05 am - 10:15 am

ClickTripz Icon_small_calendar

10:15 am - 10:25 am

Voyat Icon_small_calendar


Benjamin Habbel, Founder & CEO, Voyat Inc

10:25 am - 10:35 am

Proxce Icon_small_calendar


Use proximity-based contactless identification for mobile check-in and keyless entry at hotels.


Madhu Madhusudhanan, CEO, Proxce

10:35 am - 10:45 am

conxxe Icon_small_calendar


Revolutionize ground transportation partnerships with a single solution for on demand and pre-bookable options.


Peter Hilton, CEO, conxxe

10:45 am - 10:55 am

Eysys Icon_small_calendar


Learn who will buy what and when, automatically pick personalized content and ads, create hot lead lists, and more.


Humphrey Sheil, CEO, Eysys Ltd.

10:55 am - 11:05 am

TripChamp Icon_small_calendar

11:05 am - 11:15 am

VenueNext Icon_small_calendar


Learn how the Connected Venue Creators @VenueNext can deliver Smart Venues and Amplify the Guest Experience.


John Paul, CEO & Founder, VenueNext

11:15 am - 11:25 am

LeisureLink Icon_small_calendar


LeisureLink is creating an easy to use software tool which allows property managers to simultaneously management vacation rental channels, such as AirBnB, with traditional channels like Expedia, all from one single platform.


Julian Castelli, CEO, LeisureLink Inc.

11:25 am - 11:55 am

Break Icon_small_calendar


Workshop room locations are posted onsite. All times shown are EST (GMT -5 hours).

11:55 am - 12:30 pm

Workshop Group #1 Icon_small_calendar

Phocuswright Conference workshops feature a range of dynamic, educational content. Attendees immerse themselves in an intimate, interactive environment to learn and hone skills. Workshop sponsors take a lead in developing the content with Phocuswright's expert guidance.

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch Icon_small_calendar

Sponsored by: Brand USA –

2:00 pm - 2:35 pm

Workshop Group #2 Icon_small_calendar

Interested in hosting a workshop? Learn more here.

2:35 pm - 3:20 pm

Break Icon_small_calendar

The Travel Innovation Summit, Presented by Brand USA -

Sessions take place in the Theater of the Great Hall on the third floor of the Convention Center. Other locations are noted. All times shown are EST (GMT -5 hours).

3:20 pm - 3:45 pm

Executive Roundtable: The Art of the Raise Icon_small_calendar

This Travel Innovation Summit roundtable assembles the founding chief executives of startups that have completed significant capital raises in 2015 to discuss the environment for travel startups today, the key challenges they faced and lessons learned, and what helped them seal the deal.


Greg Marsh, Co-Founder and CEO, onefinestay

Joao Ricardo Mendes, Founder and CEO, Hotel Urbano

Jen O'Neal, Founder and CEO,

TJ Sassani, Founder and CEO, ZOZI

3:45 pm - 4:10 pm

Executive Roundtable: The Investor View Icon_small_calendar

This roundtable assembles some of travel’s smartest investors to give their take of the state of startups, the climate for raising capital, opportunities for innovation and disruption in travel, and what they look for as they search for that next great business.


Joel Cutler, Managing Director, General Catalyst Partners

Fritz Demopoulos, Founder, Queen's Road Capital

Glenn Fogel, Head of Worldwide Strategy & Planning and Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, The Priceline Group

4:10 pm - 4:20 pm

MTT Icon_small_calendar


An intelligent mobile travel assistant that enables airlines and travel companies to transform the 'day of travel' in real time.


Paschal Nee, Director, Consulting, MTT

4:20 pm - 4:30 pm

HomeToGo Icon_small_calendar


Search and find the best bargains with features like 'Flex Search' with this smart metasearch engine for vacation rentals.

4:30 pm - 4:40 pm

Travefy Icon_small_calendar


This leading group travel planner provides powerful collaboration tools for travel brands, suppliers and agents.


David Chait, Co-Founder and CEO, Travefy

4:40 pm - 4:50 pm

Mozio Icon_small_calendar

4:50 pm - 5:00 pm

Cornerstone Information Systems Icon_small_calendar


Meet the newest event-driven mobile travel app providing real-time and contextual trip data to travelers' phones.


Mat Orrego, CEO, Cornerstone Information Systems

5:00 pm - 5:10 pm

Fusion Icon_small_calendar



Mark Brown, Vice President, EMEA, Fusion

5:10 pm - 5:20 pm

HelloGbye Icon_small_calendar


Designed for the modern traveler, this tool delivers personalized options for booking travel in two minutes or less.


Greg Apple, Chief Marketing Officer, HelloGbye

5:20 pm - 5:30 pm

Moxie Icon_small_calendar


See how this tool is transforming the digital experience, delivering modern engagement to modern customers.


Nikhil Govindaraj, Vice President, Products, Moxie

5:30 pm - 5:40 pm

Suiteness Icon_small_calendar



Robbie Bhathal, Co-Founder and CEO, Suiteness

5:40 pm - 5:50 pm

Headout Icon_small_calendar

5:50 pm - 6:00 pm

Musement Icon_small_calendar


Travel with a concierge in your pocket and experience the best a city has to offer.


Alessandro Petazzi, CEO, Musement

6:00 pm - 6:10 pm

AirHelp Icon_small_calendar


Money back and instant help for travelers when flights are delayed.


Henrik Zillmer, CEO, AirHelp

6:10 pm - 6:20 pm

Milestone Internet Marketing Icon_small_calendar


Marketing tools and reports overload? This single sign-on SAAS-based platform manages hotel marketing and channel analytics.


Anil Aggarwal, CEO, Milestone Internet Marketing Inc.

6:20 pm - 6:30 pm

IBS Software Services Icon_small_calendar

Enabling flexible and unconstrained access to both external and internal travel inventory sources in a self-service mode.


Archana Chacko, Chief Marketing Officer, IBS Software Services

6:35 pm - 7:35 pm

Travel Innovation Summit Cocktail Reception Icon_small_calendar

Sponsored by: Wyndham Vacation Rentals

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Evening Cocktails Under the Stars Icon_small_calendar

Sponsored by: Yahoo

Unwind after an exciting day of sessions. What better way to enjoy the evening than enjoying cocktails and inspiring advertising conversations between the stars and the sea?

Wednesday, Nov 18

The Travel Innovation Summit, Presented by Brand USA -

Sessions take place in the Theater of the Great Hall on the third floor of the Convention Center. Other locations are noted. All times shown are EST (GMT -5 hours).

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast and Networking Icon_small_calendar

Sponsored by: TravelClick

9:00 am - 9:10 am

TripCreator Icon_small_calendar


How can a team of ten take on an entire industry? This online travel agency is like no other.


Hilmar Halldorsson, CEO, TripCreator

9:10 am - 9:20 am

Sabre Corporation Icon_small_calendar

9:20 am - 9:30 am

Umapped Icon_small_calendar


A collaborative itinerary platform for travel suppliers, agents and travelers to plan and manage trips together.


Lisa Israelovitch, CEO, Umapped

9:30 am - 9:40 am

HOTELP2P Icon_small_calendar


This app is ready to replace the booking sites for a peer-to-peer platform in next decade.


Martin Fernandez, CEO, HOTELP2P.COM

9:40 am - 9:50 am

TTW Holdings Icon_small_calendar



Satish Singh, Founder and CEO, TTW Holdings Limited

9:50 am - 10:00 am

Qalendra Icon_small_calendar


Contextual technologies create profit for companies and help people choose the best destination and the perfect time to travel.


Cristian Munteanu, CEO, Qalendra

10:00 am - 10:10 am

QYER Icon_small_calendar


Bryan Xiao, Founder and CEO, QYER Inc

10:10 am - 10:20 am

Tansler Icon_small_calendar


This online vacation rental marketplace lets travelers name their price, allowing hosts to compete for their stay and helping travelers save up to 60%.


Jeremy Bernard, Founder and CEO, Tansler

10:20 am - 10:30 am

Switchfly Icon_small_calendar

10:30 am - 10:40 am

Triptease Icon_small_calendar


Hotels are hurting. Explore how to improve, increase direct bookings and make online travel booking better.


Charlie Osmond, Chief Tease, Triptease

10:40 am - 10:50 am

Revinate Icon_small_calendar


Use guest data to deliver personalized experiences that create valuable relationships and lifelong customers.


Josh Steinitz, Vice President, Global Business Development, Revinate LLC

10:50 am - 11:00 am

Battleground Winner #1 Icon_small_calendar

11:00 am - 11:10 am

Battleground Winner #2 Icon_small_calendar

11:10 am - 11:20 am

Battleground Winner #3 Icon_small_calendar

11:20 am - 11:35 am

Break Icon_small_calendar


Workshop room locations are posted onsite. All times shown are EST (GMT -5 hours).

11:35 am - 12:10 pm

Workshop Group #3 Icon_small_calendar

Broaden your horizons with educational content from industry leaders.

12:10 pm - 1:10 pm

Lunch Icon_small_calendar

1:10 pm - 1:45 pm

Workshop Group #4 Icon_small_calendar

1:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Break Icon_small_calendar

Center Stage

Sessions take place in the Theater of the Great Hall on the third floor of the Convention Center. Other locations are noted. All times shown are EST (GMT -5 hours).

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

The Dialogue: The Origins of iTraveler Icon_small_calendar

2:15 pm - 2:40 pm

Executive Interview: It's a TRIP Icon_small_calendar

One-on-one with the CEO and founder of one of travel's most influential - and disruptive - companies.

Stephen Kaufer, President and CEO, TripAdvisor

2:40 pm - 3:10 pm

Executive Roundtable: Heavy Meta Redux Icon_small_calendar

From metasearch to metabook, CEOs of the sector's upstarts and stalwarts debate the state and trajectory of metasearch-shop-buy.

Steve Hafner, Co-Founder and CEO, KAYAK

Gareth Williams, Co-Founder and CEO, Skyscanner Ltd.


Hugo Burge, CEO, Momondo Group

Adam Goldstein, Co-Founder and CEO, Hipmunk

3:10 pm - 3:35 pm

Session TBA Icon_small_calendar

3:35 pm - 4:05 pm

Executive Interview/Roundtable: Lodging’s Alternative Reality Icon_small_calendar

From private homes to hostels, alternative accommodation is upending travel's traditional lodging landscape, while also undergoing incredible change in its own right. In this interview and roundtable, industry leaders unravel the future of the unhotel.

Brian Sharples, Co-Founder and CEO, HomeAway, Inc.


Gail Mandel, President and CEO, Wyndham Exchange & Rentals

Josh Wyatt, Chief Strategic Officer, Generator Hostels and Partner & Senior Advisor, Patron Capital Advisers LLP

4:05 pm - 4:45 pm

Break Icon_small_calendar

4:45 pm - 5:10 pm

Executive Interview: The Business of Travel Icon_small_calendar

It's time for a shakeup. The executive chairman of American Express Global Business Travel shares his vision on the reinvention of corporate travel.

Gregory O'Hara, Chairman and CEO, Certares and Chairman of the Board, American Express Global Business Travel

5:10 pm - 5:40 pm

Keynote: Hospitality According to … Icon_small_calendar

The CEO of one of the world’s largest hotel companies charts his course amid the brave new world of hospitality.

Sebastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO, AccorHotels


Sam Shank, CEO, HotelTonight

5:40 pm - 5:55 pm

Phocuswright Research Icon_small_calendar

5:55 pm - 6:20 pm

Executive Interview: One-on-One with Expedia Icon_small_calendar

The leader of the world's largest online travel agency talks of acquisitions, competition, and staying on top in a rapidly changing global - and increasingly mobile - travel marketplace.

Dara Khosrowshahi, President and CEO, Expedia Inc.

6:20 pm - 6:30 pm

Travel Innovation Summit Awards Ceremony Icon_small_calendar

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Center Stage Cocktail Reception Icon_small_calendar

Sponsored by: Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau

9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Tnooz Appy Hour Icon_small_calendar

Appy Hour is a relaxed social meet-up to discuss the day's events and all things travel, tech, social and mobile. Join Tnooz for after-hours refreshments with colleagues and new friends.

Thursday, Nov 19

Center Stage

Sessions take place in the Theater of the Great Hall on the third floor of the Convention Center. Other locations are noted. All times shown are EST (GMT -5 hours).

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast and Networking Icon_small_calendar

9:00 am - 9:10 am

Spotlight: Future Innovator Icon_small_calendar

In an effort to encourage innovation at every stage, Phocuswright grew its university program in 2015. This year, Phocuswright worked in conjunction with The Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and the University of Las Vegas College of Hotel Administration in a program designed to nurture and inspire young talent. With guidance from the Phocuswright team and staff at their universities, graduate students developed business plans in a competition to find the travel industry's 'next big thing.' Hear about the program and from the winning innovator.

9:10 am - 9:35 am

Executive Roundtable: Street Talk Icon_small_calendar

This signature session of The Phocuswright Conference assembles leading equity analysts to dissect what's happening at the intersection of finance, investment, M&A and IPO within the world's largest industry - travel, tourism and hospitality.


Michael Olson, Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst, Piper Jaffray & Co.

Eric Sheridan, Managing Director, UBS

Alicia Yap, Managing Director, Head of Asia-ex Japan Internet Research, Barclays PLC


Jake Fuller, Managing Director, Equity Research, Guggenheim Securities LLC

9:35 am - 10:05 am

Keynote: Search, Shop … ? Icon_small_calendar

This search giant's new vice president of travel speaks on organizing the world's travel information in an iTraveler world.

Oliver Heckmann, VP, Travel, Google


Barney Harford, CEO, Orbitz Worldwide

Elizabeth Harz, President, ADARA

10:05 am - 10:35 am

Keynote: Car Wars Icon_small_calendar

The head of strategy for the world's largest car rental company takes us for a spin through the rapid changes ahead for rentals, rides and more.

Greg Stubblefield, Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing, Enterprise Holdings

10:35 am - 11:00 am

Executive Interview: China - Where To? Icon_small_calendar

The ambitious leader of one of China's leading travel sites on what's next for his company and this rapidly growing market.

CC Zhuang, Co-Founder and CEO, Qunar


Maggie Rauch, Senior Research Analyst, Phocuswright Inc.

11:00 am - 11:15 am

Spotlight: Riding on Air Icon_small_calendar

The global head of hospitality and strategy for Airbnb talks about homes, hosts, hospitality and what's next for one of travel's most innovative companies.

Chip Conley, Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy, Airbnb

11:15 am - 11:45 am

Break Icon_small_calendar

11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Keynote: Not Just a Lot of Bla Bla Icon_small_calendar

The sharing economy is here, it's big and it's going places. The COO and co-founder of Europe's ride-sharing phenom discusses the route ahead for riding, sharing and more.

Nicolas Brusson, Co-Founder and COO, BlaBlaCar

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

Executive Roundtable: Asia Rising Icon_small_calendar

Executives from Asia's leading online travel companies delve into the rise of the world's most dynamic marketplace and the implications for the global travel, tourism and hospitality industry.

Jenny Wu, Chief Strategy Officer, International, Ltd.

Sherri Wu, Chief Strategy Officer, Alitrip & Head of International E-Commerce Business Development, Alibaba Group


Ashish Kashyap, CEO, Goibibo

Takanobu Yamamoto, Executive Officer, Travel Business, Rakuten Inc.

12:45 pm - 1:05 pm

Executive Interview: Delving into Delta Icon_small_calendar

A seat is a seat is not a seat. The head of marketing for one of the world's largest airlines discusses the new rules of sales, marketing, merchandising and distribution for air travel.

Tim Mapes, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Delta Air Lines Inc.


Peter Greenberg, CBS News Travel Editor, CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

1:05 pm - 1:30 pm

Executive Roundtable: (Who’s) Making Money Selling Air Icon_small_calendar

Leading players in flight sales tackle the air distribution debate, from Lufthansa's pending surcharge and content debates to the latest developments in merchandising, NDC and more.


Dana Dunne, CEO, eDreams ODIGEO

Werner Kunz, Chief Operating Officer, Fareportal


Peter Greenberg, CBS News Travel Editor, CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

1:30 pm - 1:55 pm

Interview: The Priceline Group Icon_small_calendar

The Priceline Group's CEO takes on mobile, emerging markets, vacation rentals, consolidation, regulation … and pretty much everything under the sun in online travel.

Darren Huston, President & CEO, The Priceline Group and CEO,

1:55 pm - 2:00 pm

Epilogue Icon_small_calendar

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Lunch Icon_small_calendar

Note: All conference information (including program, speakers, etc.) is subject to change without notice.

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