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Wednesday, 17 May

Battleground

9:00 AM - 11:45 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 – 9:25 AM
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Battleground Welcome

Get ready for fresh ideas! Battleground features some of travel's newest innovations.

9:25 AM – 9:35 AM
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Car Rental Gateway

This versatile vehicle rental distribution ecosystem provides top technology for all travel distributors.

Presenter
Martin Kallasmaa, Smooth Operator, Car Rental Gateway

9:35 AM – 9:45 AM
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conichi

Defining tomorrow's hospitality: The future of hotels and how digitalization can change the travel industry.

Presenter
Maximilian Waldmann, Founder & CEO, Conichi

9:45 AM – 9:55 AM
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Whalar

Whalar connects brands to influencers. Our platform makes collaborating with social influencers easier, safer and scalable.

Presenter
Neil Waller, Co-Founder, Whalar

9:55 AM – 10:05 AM
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B2Book.net

The new innovative tool to collaborate between travel industry professionals and vacation rental property managers and private owners.

Presenter
Fabio Angeli Bufalini, Chief Commercial Officer, B2Book.net

10:05 AM – 10:15 AM
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Axon Vibe

Use smart travel assistance and AI-powered location analytics to orchestrate door-to-door mobility and develop ancillary revenue.

Presenter
Roman Oberli, CEO, Axon Vibe

10:15 AM – 10:25 AM
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Caravelo

NINA enables airlines to deliver virtual assistance and personalized retail across any chat platform in multiple languages.

Presenter
Inaki Uriz, CEO, Caravelo

10:27 AM – 10:37 AM
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Save A Train Ltd

This innovative and distinctive rail travel software solutions startup company has developed a series of online rail travel products including a…

Presenter
Udi Sharir, Co-Founder & CTO, Save A Train Ltd

10:37 AM – 10:47 AM
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Sharewood

The 'Airbnb' for sharing outdoor gear all over Europe. We are a huge community of sport enthusiasts and adventure travelers.

Presenter
Piercarlo Mansueto, Founder and CEO, Sharewood

10:47 AM – 10:57 AM
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IQPlanner

A new-generation blogging platform that connects travel media content with travel services.

Presenter
Igor Kaloshin, Founder and CEO, IQPlanner

10:57 AM – 11:07 AM
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Waynaut

Seamless booking is here: The Waypass API allows OTAs and metasearch to sell any multi-modal combination in one transaction.

Presenter
Simone Lini, CEO, Waynaut

11:07 AM – 11:17 AM
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bookingkit GmbH

Building the leading GDS for tours and activities: Explore how a GDS in the third-biggest touristic market will affect tourism as a whole.

Presenter
Lukas Hempel, Founder & Managing Director, bookingkit GmbH

11:17 AM – 11:27 AM
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Loco

Loco is a mobile platform that unites the world's leading regional OTAs and travel startups, helping them survive & thrive.

Presenter
Amit Golan, CEO & Co-Founder, Loco

11:27 AM – 11:45 AM
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Networking Break

Graanbeurszaal, Ground Floor

Workshops

11:45 AM - 1:10 PM

Workshop sessions take place on the first floor of the Beurs van Berlage. Other locations are noted. All times shown are CEST (UTC +2).

11:45 AM – 12:20 PM
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Mobile Travel Bookings: From Added Bonus to Core Revenue Channel

Presented by: Button

The travel industry’s approach to monetization is evolving rapidly on mobile as Google, TripAdvisor and others pioneer third-party bookings and…

Presenter
Mike Dudas, Co-Founder and CRO, Button, Inc.

11:45 AM – 12:20 PM
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The New Distribution Landscape for Tours and Activities

Presented by: Bokun

Explore how partnering will give hotels and airlines a bigger part of the tours and activities pie. Convenience is the new loyalty: How can hotels…

Presenters
Hjalti Baldursson, CEO, Bokun
Engilbert Hafsteinsson, Vice President, Sales, Wow Air
Stefano Zeni, Head of Commercial Management & Destination Services, GTA

11:45 AM – 12:20 PM
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The Seamless Travel Experience: Why Payments Are at the Heart

Presented by: Worldpay

Acquire tips on how airlines, online travel agents and hotels can create a seamless travel experience by becoming a ‘one-stop travel shop’ and grow…

Presenters
Jay Abbott, Business Development Manager, Worldpay
Rogier De Boer, VP Business Development, EMEA, Worldpay
Diederik Van Gool, Business Development Manager, Worldpay

12:35 PM – 1:10 PM
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From Gen Z to Boomers: How to Influence Online Traveller Purchase Decisions

Presented by: Expedia Media Solutions

A new multi-generational study commissioned by Expedia Media Solutions and conducted by Northstar illustrates the complex and time-consuming…

Presenter
Andrew Van der Feltz, Senior Director Business Development, Expedia Media Solutions

12:35 PM – 1:10 PM
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Unlocking the Ancillary Revenue Potential of Tours and Activities

Presented by: TrekkSoft

Unlock the ancillary revenue potential of in-destination services and enhance both customer experience and brand loyalty with tours and activities.…

Presenters
Jon Fauver, CEO, TrekkSoft AG
Will Plummer, CEO, Trust My Travel

Lunch

1:10 PM - 2:15 PM
1:10 PM – 2:15 PM
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Networking Lunch

Sponsored by: autobooker.com GmbH

Grote Zaal, Ground Floor

Center Stage

2:20 PM - 6:30 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).

2:20 PM – 2:35 PM
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Center Stage Opening

Simon Lehmann, President, Phocuswright Inc.

2:35 PM – 3:10 PM
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Keynote: Booking.com

Just surpassing its twentieth year, Booking.com continues to lead the pack in accommodation distribution. What's next for this front-runner? A key…

Peter Verhoeven, Managing Director, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Booking.com
Talkbackers
Rod Cuthbert, CEO, Rome2rio
Thomas Heerkens, Managing Director, Landal GreenParks

3:10 PM – 3:40 PM
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Executive Roundtable: The Hotel Distribution Debate

Keeping up with the changing world of hotel distribution is a head-spinner. Hotels want to move toward direct channels but OTAs are growing faster…

Panelists
Lennert De Jong, Chief Commercial Officer, citizenM Hotels
Guillaume De Marcillac, Co-CEO, FastBooking
Mark Lomanno, Partner and Senior Advisor, Kalibri Labs
Terri Scriven, Industry Head of Hospitality, Google
Moderator
Peter O'Connor, Managing Director, Soft Solutions Ltd.

3:40 PM – 3:50 PM
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Spotlight on the Refugee Crisis

Right now, the world is experiencing the largest mass displacement of people in recorded history. More than 65 million people have been forced from…

Henri Van Eeghen, Senior Director, Mercy Corps

3:50 PM – 4:15 PM
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Executive Interview: Lola

The co-founder and former CTO of KAYAK is on a new mission to reinvent travel planning with mobile, messaging, A.I. and – believe it or not –…

Paul English, CEO, Lola
Douglas Quinby, Senior Vice President, Research, Phocuswright Inc.

4:15 PM – 5:00 PM
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Networking Break

Graanbeurszaal, Ground Floor

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
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Executive Roundtable: Local Heroes

Despite stiff competition from two titans, these leading online travel agencies are winning favor in their local markets. Appealing to customer…

Panelists
Fabio Cannavale, Co-Founder and CEO, lastminute.com group
Alexandre Fontaine, Co-Founder and Executive Board Member, Voyage Prive
Amuda Goueli, CEO, Destinia
Jörg Trouvain, CEO, 7Travel, ProSieben Travel GmbH
Moderator
Lorraine Sileo, Senior Vice President, Research and Business Operations, Phocuswright Inc.

5:30 PM – 5:45 PM
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Phocuswright Research: European Traveler Tech

The rise of web-enabled devices and mobile functionality continually unleashes new shopping and booking trends in the leisure travel landscape.…

Brandie Wright, Research Analyst, Phocuswright Inc.

5:45 PM – 6:05 PM
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Executive Interview: Thomas Cook

Successful online growth is not just for OTAs. A market leader gives his perspective on transformation and future distribution for holidays in the…

Gilles Despas, Chief Marketing & Digital Officer, Thomas Cook Group plc
Simon Lehmann, President, Phocuswright Inc.

6:05 PM – 6:25 PM
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Executive Interview: Hotelbeds

They provide sought-after content both online and off, directly and through partners, in a dynamic marketplace. Learn what’s next for this…

Joan Vila, Executive Chairman, Hotelbeds
Moderator
Lorraine Sileo, Senior Vice President, Research and Business Operations, Phocuswright Inc.

6:25 PM – 6:30 PM
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Battleground Awards Ceremony

Cocktails

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Cocktail Reception

Sponsored by: Wyndham Vacation Rentals

Graanbeurszaal, Ground Floor

All Day

8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
8:00 AM – 6:30 PM
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Attendee Services Desk Open

Beursfoyer, Ground Floor

Check in and pick up your all-access conference credentials.

8:30 AM – 6:30 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.