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Thursday, 18 May

WIT Europe

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Sessions take place in Effectenbeurszaal on the ground floor of the Beurs van Berlage. Other locations are noted. All times shown are CEST (UTC +2).

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM
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Welcome to Asia Reimagined

Presenter
Siew Hoon Yeoh, Editorial Director, Northstar Travel Group Asia and Founder, Web In Travel

9:10 AM – 9:35 AM
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Executive Roundtable: From the Top

We gather the leading influencers in Asia’s online travel market to share insights into their respective areas of expertise and see if we can take…

Presenter
Siew Hoon Yeoh, Editorial Director, Northstar Travel Group Asia and Founder, Web In Travel
Panelists
Louise Daley, Deputy CEO, Asia Pacific, AccorHotels
Fritz Demopoulos, Founder, Queen's Road Capital
Timothy Hughes, Vice President, Business Development, Agoda.com

9:35 AM – 10:15 AM
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4 in 40: Asia Unplugged

What makes different markets tick? Where are the biggest opportunities as Asia’s growing middle class gets more access to disposable income and…

Panelists
Blanca Menchaca, Co-Founder & COO, BeMyGuest Pte. Ltd.
Alex Shen, Strategic Partnership Manager, China, GetYourGuide Inc.
Kei Shibata, Co-Founder and CEO, Venture Republic Inc.
Min Yoon, CEO, TideSquare Co., Ltd

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM
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Executive Interview: Ctrip.com

Shiwei Zhou, VP of Investments and Investor Relations, Ctrip.com International, Ltd.
Presenter
Siew Hoon Yeoh, Editorial Director, Northstar Travel Group Asia and Founder, Web In Travel

10:30 AM – 10:40 AM
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Keynote: The Singapore Story - Transforming Tourism Through Technology

As a leading gateway to Asia, Singapore has been aggressively pursuing a visitor-centric digital strategy to grow its tourism business; and to…

Choon Yang Quek, Chief Technology Officer, Singapore Tourism Board

10:40 AM – 10:50 AM
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Why I Chose To Launch My Startup in Asia

The story of why a Manchester-based startup focused on solving a pain point in airline distribution chose to launch its business in Asia, before…

Presenter
Timothy O'Neil-Dunne, Co-Founder, Air Black Box, and Managing Partner, VaultPAD Ventures

10:50 AM – 10:58 AM
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The WIT Great Debate

The proposition: Asia, in particular, China, is a copycat. It is not an innovator. In 3 minutes each, our opponents will pit their wits against…

Panelists
Alex Shen, Strategic Partnership Manager, China, GetYourGuide Inc.
Martin Symes, Owner, MS Consult

10:58 AM – 11:00 AM
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It’s a Wrap

Presenter
Siew Hoon Yeoh, Editorial Director, Northstar Travel Group Asia and Founder, Web In Travel

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
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Networking Break

Sponsored by: Singapore Tourism Board

Graanbeurszaal, Ground Floor

Center Stage

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Sessions take place in Effectenbeurszaal on the ground floor of the Beurs van Berlage. Other locations are noted. All times shown are CEST (UTC +2).

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM
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Simon Says

Simon Breakwell, Venture Partner, Technology Crossover Ventures
Simon Lehmann, President, Phocuswright Inc.

11:45 AM – 12:15 PM
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Executive Roundtable: Emerging Technologies

Emerging technologies are poised to change the way travelers interact with travel content. This session explores three key trends: virtual reality,…

Panelists
Terry Kane, Head of Travel, Facebook Inc.
David O'Flanagan, CEO and Co-Founder, Boxever
Salar Shahna, Creative Director and Co-Founder, World VR Forum
Moderator
Norman Rose, President, Travel Tech Consulting Inc.

12:15 PM – 12:45 PM
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Executive Roundtable: The Legislation Debate

Can progress be regulated? How do you keep change in check? As innovation transforms travel distribution, efforts to regulate might break down the…

Panelists
Andrea Bertoli, Deputy CEO, lastminute.com group
Michael Buller, Managing Director, Verband Internet Reisevertrieb
Christoph Klenner, Secretary General, European Technology & Travel Services Association (ETTSA)
Michael Simon, General Manager Distribution, EMEA & APAC, Marriott International
Tobias Wann, CEO, @Leisure Group
Moderator
DIrk Rogl, Analyst, Phocuswright Inc.

Lunch

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
12:45 PM – 1:45 PM
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Networking Lunch

Grote Zaal, Ground Floor

Center Stage

1:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Sessions take place in Effectenbeurszaal on the ground floor of the Beurs van Berlage. Other locations are noted. All times shown are CEST (UTC +2).

1:45 PM – 2:10 PM
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Executive Interview: Trivago

The managing director of one of the most successful metasearch companies in the world talks about its future post-IPO.

Johannes Thomas, Managing Director, trivago GmbH
Douglas Quinby, Senior Vice President, Research, Phocuswright Inc.

2:10 PM – 2:40 PM
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Executive Roundtable: Beyond Beds and Air

You've stepped off your flight or left the hotel - now what? How can every stakeholder in the travel value chain take advantage of the opportunity…

Panelists
Bobby Healy, CTO, CarTrawler
LP Maurice, Co-Founder & CEO, Busbud
Will Phillipson, Co-Founder and President, SilverRail Technologies
Polina Raygorodskaya, CEO, Wanderu
Moderator
Norman Rose, Senior Technology and Corporate Market Analyst, Travel Tech Consulting Inc.

2:40 PM – 3:10 PM
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Joint Interview: Expedia

Two key leaders from Expedia discuss how the online behemoth maintains its reign as the largest OTA in the world. Learn how Expedia stays agile and…

Cyril Ranque, President, Lodging Partner Services, Expedia Inc.
Johan Svanstrom, President, Hotels.com and Expedia Affiliate Network, Expedia Inc.
Moderator
Lorraine Sileo, Senior Vice President, Research and Business Operations, Phocuswright Inc.

3:10 PM – 3:50 PM
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Spotlight: Founders Forum

While all winning entrepreneurs have vision and confidence, their personal journey is often strewn with obstacles. Hear stories of successful…

Naren Shaam, Founder and CEO, GoEuro
Jared Simon, COO & Co-Founder, HotelTonight
Tao Tao, Co-Founder and COO, GetYourGuide Inc.
Moderator
Giancarlo Carniani, Market Analyst, Italy, Phocuswright Inc.

3:50 PM – 4:05 PM
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The End of Alternative: How Private Accommodation is Transforming Global Accommodation

It’s been one of the hottest – and more controversial – categories of travel over the past decade: the rise and rise of homes, flats, villas,…

Douglas Quinby, Senior Vice President, Research, Phocuswright Inc.

4:05 PM – 4:30 PM
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Executive Interview: Airbnb

Airbnb's impressive growth has catapulted it to become the fourth largest online travel company in the world. Learn about Airbnb's progress as it…

Olivier Gremillon, Managing Director, EMEA, Airbnb
Douglas Quinby, Senior Vice President, Research, Phocuswright Inc.

All Day

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
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Attendee Services Desk Open

Beursfoyer, Ground Floor

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
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Exhibitor Showcase Open

Graanbeurszaal, Ground Floor

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