Who's who of travel, tech luminaries to speak at Phocuswright

Nearly 30 game-changing executives at the intersection of travel and technology will join the Phocuswright team on Center Stage at the Phocuswright Conference, Nov. 7 to 9 in Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Fla.

"We are here to bring you a glimpse of the future of the industry from the leaders who will make it happen," said Alicia Evanko, vice president for events at Northstar Travel Group. "Center Stage is where discussions come to life that help all of us better see the future and where and how technology solutions will fit."

On Nov. 8 and 9, executive interviews will focus on China, India, OTAs, metasearch and online reviews. Among the executives being interviewed will be Ctrip.com International CFO Cindy Wang, MakeMyTrip co-founder and group CEO Deep Kalra and Stephen Kaufer, president and CEO of TripAdvisor.

The Nov. 8 closing interview will be Priceline Group's CEO and president, Glenn Fogel, who will discuss how his company became the first travel enterprise to join the $100 billion club, having hit that level of capitalization this past summer.

Executive interviews on Nov. 9 will include Johannes Thomas, managing director and chief revenue officer at Trivago, and Mark Okerstrom, president and CEO of Expedia.

Keynote presenters on Nov. 9 will include Google's Oliver Heckmann, vice president for travel and shopping, and HomeAway.com president John Kim.

Oliver will offer a glimpse into what lies ahead for Google Travel, after which Kim, a year after being named president of HomeAway, will offer a look at his data-driven, tech-forward approach to the highly competitive private accommodations market.

Three leaders in the user experience realm -- Sam Lessin, co-founder of Fin; Peter Sellis, director of revenue product at Snap; and Shaun Stewart, director of operations at Waymo -- will speak to the future of the user interface.

Siew Hoon Yeoh, editorial director of Northstar Travel Group Asia and founder of Web in Travel, will lead an executive roundtable titled "The Next Big Thing." She will be joined by panelists including Steve Hafner, co-founder and CEO of Kayak; Frederic Lalonde, founder and CEO of Hopper; and Brad Gerstner, CEO of Altimeter Capital. They will tackle how to satisfy the ever-changing needs of today's traveler and how technology's role continues to evolve.  

The morning wake-up session on Nov. 9 will be an executive roundtable focusing on money. Titled "Street Talk," it will venture into the intersection of finance, investment, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs and the world's largest industry, travel and tourism.

Panelists for this session include Mark Mahaney, managing director of RBC Capital Markets; Rachael Rothman, senior analyst for gaming, lodging and leisure at Susquehanna Financial Group; Eric Sheridan, managing director at UBS; and Lloyd Walmsley, director at Deutsche Bank Securities.

The session will be moderated by Jake Fuller, managing director of Guggenheim Securities.

The panel that follows, titled "Travel in the Age of Trump," will dive into questions sparked by the president's policies. This roundtable assembles leaders at the forefront of the travel industry's interaction with government and public policy to help attendees prepare strategically for the years ahead. 

Confirmed panelists include Roger Dow, president & CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, and Chris Thompson, president and CEO of Brand USA. The session will be moderated by Arnie Weissmann, editor in chief of Travel Weekly and senior vice president at Northstar Travel Group. 

The hotly debated accommodations market will be the subject of a session called "Accommodation Upended." Panelists will include Tammy Peter, vice president for hotel distribution strategy and support at Wyndham Hotel Group; Romain Roulleau, senior vice president of digital and e-commerce at AccorHotels; Sam Shank, co-founder and CEO of HotelTonight; and Joan Vila, executive chairman of Hotelbeds Group. Phocuswright senior vice president for research and business operations Lorraine Sileo will moderate.

Some 2,000 attendees are expected the conference.

To be sure you have the pulse of the industry's future, register today at www.phocuswrightconference.com.

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