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Join an elite group of 35 at this year's PhoCusWright Conference and kick your career into high gear.

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May 14, 2012 Hipmunk Took The Agony Out Of Flying Then Pivoted To Hotel Booking via Fast Company

April 18, 2012: Georama reimagines travel with interactive maps via DEMO

March 27, 2012: Sojern Raises $7.5 Million For Its Push Into Travel Tech And Targeted Travel Ads via Tech Crunch

March 21, 2012: SilverRail Raises $15 million to Advance Global Rail Ticketing via

March 18, 2012: Secures $1.2 Million in Seed Funding from International Angels and Funds to Make Travel Booking More Social via

March 2012: Citybot nominated for Living Labs Global Award via Living Labs

February 22, 2012: Citybot - Innovation in travel: Meet 5 new companies who are stepping out of the box in 2012 via Eye For Travel

February 2012: Citybot -- Founder Institute San Diego's Pitch Night Winner via Digital Media Update

January 24, 2012: Moscow’s online travel market is booming, raises new round of funding via Tech Crunch

January 2012: TripLingo named 11 Groundbreaking Inventions Of 2011 via Business Insider

January 24, 2011: US Student Builds Online Travel Dreams in Sweden article on The Local

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PhoCusWright Casting Call, Tnooz article by Dennis Schaal.

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The Young Leaders Summit

Young Leaders in Travel Unite!

The Young Leaders Summit@The PhoCusWright Conference promotes executive management development among rising stars in travel, tourism and hospitality. The Summit showcases the important role young leadership plays in the future growth of the world's largest industry.

A select group of young leaders interacts with the industry's best and brightest. Participation exposes this group to today's travel luminaries as a critical step to becoming the future leaders who will drive strategy, innovation and growth. The yearlong program includes organized online meetings, networking, contests and awards.

General 2013 Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Room 216
The Class of 35 convenes for the first time. Get to know your fellow stars during an interactive session Monday afternoon (after lunch). This is the day before the conference begins.

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Evening Cocktail Reception
Location: Splash (By the pool, beach level)
Network with the rest of the class, and meet with the Class of 35 alumni. Discover their tips and secrets for a successful Young Leaders Summit. Interact with PhoCusWright staff and start your conference planning.

11:25 am - 12:35 pm
The Young Leaders Summit Lunch
Location: Room 320
Take a break from The Travel Innovation Summit, and enjoy lunch with your fellow Class of 35 members. Discuss your topic of choice during "table topics."

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Young Leaders Summit Happy Hour
Location: Rivals at The Diplomat Landing
Cocktails are served! Take a break from business (or not) and enjoy a few drinks with your newfound friends from across the industry.

8:00 am - 9:45 am
Location: Room 320
The Young Leaders Summit Breakfast Featuring Guest Speakers
Start your day with a cup of Joe and good eats. Industry leaders will join the group and share their experiences as they climbed the so-called corporate ladder.

Guest Speakers:
Joel Cutler, Managing Director, General Catalyst Venture Partners
Tony D’Astolfo, Managing Director, PhoCusWright
Noreen Henry, Senior Vice President, Global Partner Services, Travelocity
Darren Huston, CEO,

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Young Leaders Summit Wrap Up Lunch
Meet at the Class of 35 lunch table to discuss the event, plans for the year and give us your feedback.

The 2012 Class of 35