Opening Event

Wednesday | September 26, 2018

Time: 6pm cocktails, 7pm program starts with food, drinks and more networking to follow
Location: Mandarin Oriental, New York, 36th Floor Ballroom

Keynote Speaker:

Ricardo Rosselló

Puerto Rico


Please join us on the evening prior to the conference for food, drinks, and our first Air Pitch Startup Competition! Registered attendees only.

Event sponsored by:

Accenture Amadeus Alliance

Conference Location: Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall – 10 Columbus Circle New York NY

Opening Event
Day 1
Day 2

Wednesday, September 26

6:00 PM

Opening Event

Mandarin Oriental, New York, 36th Floor Ballroom

Thursday, September 27

7:30 AM

Breakfast Workshop: Designing a Meaningful Brand

9:00 AM

Hospitality’s Next Big Move

9:30 AM

Big Bets on the Future of Global Travel

10:00 AM
10:10 AM

The Next Generation of Boutique Hotels

10:35 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM
11:30 AM

How Big Is Big Enough to Compete?

11:55 AM
12:05 PM

Balancing Growth With Innovation


Dennis Schaal
12:30 PM

Creative Frontiers at the Intersection of Destinations and Dining

12:55 PM

The Future of Tourism in Jordan

1:00 PM


1:05 PM

Lunch Workshop: Storytelling for Destinations and Brands

1:05 PM

Lunch Workshop: The Future of Conversational Commerce

2:15 PM

Special Announcement from Rafat Ali, Skift’s Founder & CEO

2:25 PM

The Future of Hotel Brands is Written in their DNA

2:40 PM

Small and Mighty Travel Brands

2:45 PM

Defining the Future of Vacation Experiences

3:00 PM

Developing Destinations by Changing the Storytellers

3:15 PM

Seizing the Opportunity to Build a Next Generation Tourism Industry

3:30 PM

The Wild Side of Luxury Travel


Colin Nagy
3:50 PM

Networking Break

4:20 PM

Travel Advisors: Putting the Person Back in Personalization

5:05 PM

Can Airbnb Disrupt Accommodations for a Second Time?

5:30 PM

The World’s Largest Airline Plots Its Future

6:00 PM

Cocktail Reception

Friday, September 28

7:30 AM

Breakfast Workshop: Rethinking Demand and Personalization for the Connected Traveler

8:45 AM
8:55 AM

What’s Next for Airlines at Scale


Brian Sumers
10:00 AM

How Technology Is Disrupting the $565 Billion Meetings & Events Industry

10:10 AM

After Boutique Hotels and Airbnb, What’s Next?

10:25 AM

Lesson from Luxury Retail

10:35 AM

Networking Break

11:10 AM

What’s Next for the World’s Largest Hotel Company

11:35 AM

Tourism Under Legislative Siege, How Destinations are Fighting Back

11:50 AM

From Hotels to Homes: Creating a Luxury Lifestyle

12:10 PM

Recreating Ridesharing for the Long Haul

12:35 PM

Creating a Global Platform When Change Is the Only Constant