Look who’s coming to WIT 2009
Be prepared to interact with speakers, panellists and the irrepressible producer cum Master of Ceremonies, Yeoh Siew Hoon, as you debate, share ideas, send questions by SMS, as to what works and what doesn’t in the business of marketing travel and hospitality online.
“Tough Love” is the theme, apt for the year. It addresses Tough times. Tough love. A new reality. A time where everything must be challenged. No more, this is how it used to be. More of, this is how it is and will be. A time for opportunities, smart ideas and real solutions.
The ever popular “Audience with the CEO’s” returns featuring Michael Issenberg, Chairman & COO, Accor Asia Pacific, Ho Kwon Ping, Executive Chairman, Banyan Tree Holdings, Hans Lerch, Vice Chairman, Hotelplan, Switzerland, Nigel Roberts, President, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore among others.
Our staunch supporter, Ram Badrinathan, General Manager-Asia, PhoCusWright Inc returns for his fifth year at WIT to deliver the second keynote session, “A Web Without Walls”, closely followed by Timothy Hughes, Blogger, BOOT – The Business of Online Travel, who will dissect the online travel landscape and shares his ideas on what works, what doesn't and what could work in future in his keynote “The Web Dissected”.
CEOs of Low Cost Carriers, who are doing tremendously well in South-east Asia, will be led in a discussion on “What’s ahead on the horizon for the battered aviation sector?” by Gordon Locke, Vice President, Airline Marketing & Strategy, Sabre Airline Solutions & Sabre Travel Network.
Japan, with the first-time appearance of Rakuten Travel, the wholly-owned subsidiary of a company that many say could become bigger than Amazon, and China, represented by successful entrepreneur Wu Hai, CEO of Orange Hotel Group, are represented in sessions that will look closely at the impact that technology has had on the travel and hospitality industries in those countries.
Michael Peschardt, the host of the British television programme Peschardt's People will tell us “Peschardt’s Perspective on Travel & The Media”.
Search, Social Media, Reviews are addressed. We debate issues of content and price. We examine how to turn tough love from customers into profits. We look at matters of business events and the financial impact of this on our sectors.
You can’t afford to not to be at WIT 2009, certain to be one of the most talked about conferences in Asia. You can view our programme, speaker biographies and register now for early bird rates at www.webintravel.com. ITB Asia delegates enjoy a 20% off WIT delegate fees.
ABOUT WEB IN TRAVEL | WIT-Web In Travel is Asia’s leading travel distribution, marketing and technology conference. 2009 is the fifth year the conference will be run. It was started by journalist Yeoh Siew Hoon. WIT is different to traditional conferences in terms of content, delivery and attitude. The content is deep, rich and meaningful. The delivery is varied, diverse and impactful. The conference has an attitude that challenges speakers to be at their best – no sales speeches and platitudes, but provoking and thinking – and delegates to question, discuss, debate and challenge. With each WIT, the conversation gets better and the discussion more interactive. In 2007, WIT introduced questions by SMS and allowed audience voting by SMS as well for best debators, best speakers and best pitches. In 2009, we take our presence further. We are using Web 2.0 technology to reach out to an ever widening network of colleagues with similar passion, engaging them through Facebook, Twitter, blogs, newsletters and micro events, WIT*e – Inspiration & Mentoring networking forums, leading up to the main conference to be held on the 20 -23 October, 2009 at Suntec City in Singapore. WIT won the Most Innovative Marketing Initiative in the 2008 Singapore Business Events Awards organised by the Singapore Tourism Board.
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