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Press Release11 April 2017

Fourth Annual Phocuswright Europe Begins Next Month

Join us in Amsterdam, 16-18 May 2017

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Phocuswright, the travel industry research authority, begins the fourth annual Phocuswright Europe this May. The two-day conference will be held 16 – 18 May 2017, and kicks off with an opening-night reception on 16 May.


For the first time, the event takes place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, at the historic Beurs van Berlage and will feature travel innovators, executive keynotes, panel discussions and debates, as well as exhibition and networking opportunities.

Building on the success of last years' conference – which gathered over 400 attendees – Phocuswright Europe this year brings together 500 European travel leaders to network, learn and build strategic partnerships with the industry's most influential leaders, innovators and visionary thinkers. Registration is still open:

Topic discussions include Europe's hotel distribution, the strengths of local online travel agencies, digital holiday distribution, what lessons Europe can learn from the Asia Pacific market, how emerging technologies changing traveller interactions, and, of course, innovation in travel technology. Phocuswright Europe places the most informed and dynamic speakers in the spotlight, with a keynote from Peter Verhoeven of, and executive interviews with Cyril-Pierre Ranque and Johan Svanstrom of Expedia, Olivier Gremillon of Airbnb, Gilles Despas of Thomas Cook Group, and Paul English of Lola. View the current speaker panel below.

"We are excited to be in Amsterdam for our fourth installment of Phocuswright Europe," said Phocuswright's president, Simon Lehmann. "Amsterdam is a hotbed of technology companies and start-ups, making it the perfect location for Europe's premier travel technology conference. Prepare for great sessions and even greater networking opportunities with the region's most influential travel professionals."

Phocuswright Europe will feature three key events: Battleground, Center Stage and workshops, as well as an awards program, exhibit hall and numerous networking events.

Battleground (17 May): Selected companies (exclusively from Europe) reveal the travel industry's latest innovations through onstage demonstrations of their technologies and tools. Attendees have open access to the innovators and are encouraged to connect and provide feedback throughout the event.

Center Stage (17 - 18 May): Phocuswright analysts probe Europe's travel luminaries about what's next on the horizon and delve for the inside story on some of the industry's most noteworthy developments. Center Stage contains a mixture of one-on-one interviews, keynote addresses, roundtable discussions and Phocuswright's signature "Talkback."

Workshops (17 May): Industry leaders present a range of dynamic, educational content via interactive workshops. Sponsors take the lead in tailoring the content, along with Phocuswright's expert guidance. The presentations are efficient, thought provoking and insightful.

Register by midnight EDT on 13 April and save €100 of your ticket!
Register here.


Tobias Wann, CEO, @Leisure Group
Louise Daley, Deputy CEO, Asia Pacific, AccorHotels
Timothy Hughes, Vice President, Business Development,
Olivier Grémillon, Managing Director, EMEA, Airbnb
Blanca Menchaca, Co-Founder & COO, BeMyGuest
Peter Verhoeven, Managing Director, Europe, Middle East, Africa,
David O'Flanagan, CEO and Co-Founder, Boxever
LP Maurice, Co-Founder & CEO, Busbud
Bobby Healy, CTO, CarTrawler
Lennert De Jong, Chief Commercial Officer, citizenM Hotels
Amuda Goueli, CEO, Destinia
Christoph Klenner, Secretary General, ETTSA
Jean-Philippe Monod de Froideville, Senior Director Government & Corporate Affairs, EMEA, Expedia Inc.
Cyril-Pierre Ranque, Senior Vice President, Global Market Management, Expedia Inc.
Johan Svanstrom, President, and Expedia Affiliate Network, Expedia Inc.
Guillaume De Marcillac, Co-CEO, FastBooking
Alex Shen, Strategic Partnership Manager, China, GetYourGuide Inc.
Tao Tao, Co-Founder and COO, GetYourGuide Inc.
Naren Shaam, Founder and CEO, GoEuro
Terri Scriven, Industry Head of Hospitality, Google
Joan Vila, Executive Chairman, Hotelbeds
Hichame Assi, COO,
Jared Simon, COO & Co-Founder, HotelTonight
Cindy Estis Green, CEO & Co-Founder, Kalibri Labs
Mark Lomanno, Partner and Senior Advisor, Kalibri Labs
Thomas Heerkens, Managing Director, Landal GreenParks
Fabio Cannavale, Founder and Chairman,
Paul English, CEO, Lola
Michael Simon, General Manager Distribution, EMEA & APAC, Marriott International
Henri Van Eeghen, Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships, Mercy Corps
Jörg Trouvain, CEO, 7Travel, ProSieben Travel GmbH
Fritz Demopoulos, Founder, Queen's Road Capital
Dirk Rogl, Founder and Consultant, Rogl Consult
Rod Cuthbert, CEO, Rome2Rio
Will Philipson, Co-Founder and President, SilverRail Technologies
Choon Yang Quek, Chief Technology Officer, Singapore Tourism Board
Simon Breakwell, Venture Partner, Technology Crossover Ventures
Gilles Despas, Chief Marketing & Digital Officer, Thomas Cook Group
Min Yoon, CEO, TideSquare Co.
Norman Rose, President, Travel Tech Consulting Inc.
Johannes Thomas, Managing Director, trivago
Kei Shibata, Co-Founder and CEO, Venture Republic Inc.
Michael Buller, Managing Director, Verband Internet Reisevertrieb
Alexandre Fontaine, Co-Founder and Executive Board Member, Voyage Prive
Polina Raygorodskaya, CEO, Wanderu
Yeoh Siew Hoon, Founder & Editor, WIT, Editorial Director, Northstar Travel Media Asia
Salar Shahna, Creative Director and Co-Founder, World VR Forum

View the full speaker listing here.

If you want to keep up with the event, follow our Twitter feed, #phocuswright for live updates.

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Phocuswright is the travel industry research authority on how travelers, suppliers and intermediaries connect. Independent, rigorous and unbiased, Phocuswright fosters smart strategic planning, tactical decision-making and organizational effectiveness.

Phocuswright delivers qualitative and quantitative research on the evolving dynamics that influence travel, tourism and hospitality distribution. Our marketplace intelligence is the industry standard for segmentation, sizing, forecasting, trends, analysis and consumer travel planning behavior. Every day around the world, senior executives, marketers, strategists and research professionals from all segments of the industry value chain use Phocuswright research for competitive advantage.

To complement its primary research in North and Latin America, Europe and Asia, Phocuswright produces several high-profile conferences in the United States and Europe, and partners with conferences in China, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. Industry leaders and company analysts bring this intelligence to life by debating issues, sharing ideas and defining the ever-evolving reality of travel commerce.

The company is headquartered in the United States with Asia Pacific operations based in India and local analysts on five continents.

Phocuswright is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Northstar Travel Media, LLC. (116 32nd Street, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10001 United States).

Northstar Travel Group is the leading provider of business-to-business news, information, data, transactions and custom content solutions for the travel, meetings and hospitality industries. Brands under the Northstar umbrella include Travel Weekly, Travel Weekly China, Travel Weekly Asia, TravelAge West, Business Travel News, Phocuswright, Meetings & Conventions, M&C China, Web in Travel and Inntopia. Northstar is the industry leader in marketing solutions, custom content communications, content licensing and database management serving the travel and meetings industries. The company produces more than 52 face-to-face events, taking place in North and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Northstar is based in Secaucus, NJ, and is a portfolio company of EagleTree Capital.

EagleTree Capital (formerly Wasserstein Partners) is a mid-market private equity and investment company focused on the media and communications, consumer products and water and industrial sectors. The firm manages capital on behalf of institutional and individual investors and is currently investing EagleTree Partners IV. EagleTree Capital is located in New York.

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