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Travel Distribution Summit Conference and Exhibition USA 2009

Travel Distribution Summit Conference and Exhibition USA 2009

The leading event for North America’s
senior travel executives

Three executive conferences allow you to meet marketing, technology, pricing and distribution executives from the travel industry – all in one place!

The Travel Distribution Summit North America comprises of three senior-level conferences on Distribution, Revenue Management and Mobile Technology in Travel.

These events have been specifically co-located to provide you the opportunity to meet with nearly 1000 travel professionals. Purchasing one conference ticket gives you an access-all-areas pass to all events – giving you a great array of sessions to choose from and opportunities to network with a unique cross-sector of the travel industry.

Important note: There is a discount of 70 USD for our readers – when you register kindly quote "TDN" to obtain this discount ( you will find relative link at the end of the presentation).

A. The Travel Distribution Summit North America
B. Revenue Management and Pricing in Travel USA 2009
C. Mobile Strategies for Travel

A.   The Travel Distribution Summit North America

Discover How to Cut Costs and Grow Profits in the Changing World of Online Travel

Senior Speakers From Leading Travel Brands Show You How to Seize Opportunities, Create Innovative Campaigns and Steal Market Share

The Travel Distribution Summit North America is an opportunity for you to learn from the leaders in travel distribution, sales and marketing. It will feature the biggest names in travel distribution and will cover the topics that are vital to your business:

  • Distribution Latest Trends: What’s new when it comes to managing your channels, evaluating ROI and achieving significant cost reduction?
  • Customer Behavior: What can you do differently to engage potential customers?
  • Consolidation & Convergence: As major players attack one another’s space, who will win? And how do you profit?
  • Airline Focus: How are the GDSs adapting to the new fare structures – and how are the airlines looking to boost their ancillary revenues?
  • Direct vs Indirect Distribution: Who’s got more leverage now, suppliers or OTAs?
  • Search Engine Marketing: What simple changes can you make to increase conversion rates?
  • Social Media & Trip Planning Tools: Can you demonstrate the ROI and tangible benefits to key stakeholders?
  • Holistic Distribution: What are the practicalities of broadcasting a consistent message across all channels to maximize sales and minimize costs?
  • Vacation Rentals: Can you cash in on a booming sector?

List of confirmed speakers at Travel Distribution Summit

  • Matthew Crummack, SVP Lodging, Expedia
  • Julie Atkinson, Sr. Director Global Online Sales and Distribution, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
  • Virginia Suliman, VP Web Design and Development, Hilton Hotels Corporation
  • Anil Aggarwal, CEO, MileStone Internet Marketing
  • Roseanne Landay, Director of Strategy and Business Development, Pleasant Holidays
  • John Peters, CEO, Tripology
  • Gregg Brockway, CEO, TripIt
  • Cory Garner, Director of Merchandising Strategy, American Airlines
  • Kyle Moore, VP Air and Ground Content and Shopping, Sabre Travel Network
  • Diane Clarkson, Travel Industry Analyst, Forrester Research
  • Mark Mahaney, Director, Internet Research, Citigroup Investment Research
  • Ashwini Karandikar, VP Client Services, Range Online Media
  • Chris Amenichi, Sr. Director International eCommerce and Distribution Planning, Continental Airlines
  • Glenn Fogel, EVP Corporate Development,
  • Sam Shank, CEO, Dealbase
  • Tammy Peter, VP Channel Management, Wyndham Hotel Group
  • Noreen Courtney-Wilds, VP Sales, JetBlue Airlines
  • Ted Souder, Head of Travel – Central Region, Google
  • Yen Lee, President, Uptake
  • Carl Shepherd, Co-Founder, HomeAway
  • Anne Payne, CEO, Be Dynamic
  • Sharon McAuliffe, Sr. Director E-Commerce, Aston Hotels & Resorts
  • Doug Miller, VP Global Media, Expedia
  • Paula Twidale, EVP, Collette Vacations
  • Jan Wood, Travel Industry Consultant Business Consultant, Teradata Corporation
  • Kate Burda, VP Sales, Extended Stay Hotels
  • Jessica Kornacki, VP Marketing, Endless Vacation Rentals
  • Bob Barnes, CEO, Zonder

Read testimonials from 2008 event, here

B. Revenue Management and Pricing in Travel USA 2009

Learn How to Price for Profit and Increase Market Share in a Changing Economy

The Revenue Management and Pricing in Travel Conference sees senior-level executives involved in revenue management and pricing convene for 2 days of networking and learning. With an emphasis on consumer behavior and scientific methodology, expert speakers will discuss the benefits of a fully integrated RM system. Attend and discover how to:

  • THE ECONOMY: Reinvent your RM & Pricing Strategies to stimulate demand and take advantage of the economic climate
  • FORECASTING: Discover how to maintain accurate forecasts, make optimal pricing decisions and achieve higher revenues
  • PRICING: Get expert advice on setting the right prices for the right customer at the right time
  • DISTRIBUTION: Optimize the synergy between distribution and RM to increase profits
  • MARKET SHARE: How do you steal it from others while protecting your own?
  • DISCOUNTING: What are the alternatives, and should you embrace them?
  • THE ROLE OF THE RM: Why is your contribution more important now than ever before – and how do you train and retain top people?

List of confirmed speakers at Revenue Management and Pricing Summit

  • Dr. Peter Belobaba, Principal Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sharon Duffy, VP Revenue Management, Hilton Hotels Corporation
  • Jeff Roy, Director – Air Revenue Management, Collette Vacations
  • Jim Rozell, Revenue Optimization Leader, Carlson Hotels Worldwide
  • Melissa Skluzacek, Director of Revenue Management, Midwest Airlines
  • Julie Szudarek, VP Revenue Management, Orbitz Worldwide
  • Chinmai Sharma, VP Revenue Management, Wyndham Worldwide
  • Chris Anderson, Assistant Professor, Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration
  • Matt Busch, Director of Pricing Strategy, InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Kristi White, Director, Revenue Optimization, TravelCLICK
  • Charles Vuono, VP Revenue Management, United Airlines
  • Greg Weiss, VP Revenue Management, Joie de Virve Hospitality
  • Kim Nugent, Corporate Director Revenue Management, Benchmark Hospitality International
  • Scott Nason, VP Revenue Management, American Airlines (retired)
  • Dr. Bill Brunger, Internal Consultant, Continental Airlines, (SVP Network, retired)
  • Andrew Goldstone, Sr. Director, Revenue Management, Isle of Capri Casinos
  • Mark Moliari, Executive Director of Revenue Management, Strategic Marketing, The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino
  • Juston Parker, CEO, Parker Hospitality
  • Tammy Farley, Principal, The Rainmaker Group
  • John Enright, Executive Director, Revenue Account Management, Preferred Hotel Group
  • Kurien Jacob, SVP Revenue Management and Distribution, Highgate Hotels
  • Greg Cross, Revenue Management Consultant & former SVP Revenue Management, Hilton Hotels Corporation

Read testimonials from 2008 event, here

C. Mobile Strategies for Travel

How to use mobile technology to sell more of your travel product: Research, case studies and networking

Our research shows that 2009 is the year the travel industry is investing in mobile technology to make it a viable and profitable CRM, marketing, booking and transaction platform.

Our survey of over 800 top travel marketing decision makers shows that 30% of the online travel industry (travel suppliers and intermediaries) will be investing in "mobile" for the first time in 2009. It’s also worth noting that nearly three quarters of these companies we spoke to believe that mobile will become an increasingly important element of their digital strategies due to 2 big changes in the industry:

  • Money is being made from mobile initiatives taken by some notable Travel companies
  • Recession busting growth in smart phone penetration and their use as more than just phones

In response, we are launching The School of Mobile, a two-phased project, aiming to educate and inform the travel industry about the integration of "mobile" into their strategies.

Attend this event to understand:

  1. The Mobile market – Mobile technology, penetration and data usage around the world, insight into the mobile internet user
  2. How ready the travel industry is to embrace Mobile? Analysis of the first in-depth survey conducted with over 800 of EyeforTravel’s clients: Who’s investing? Who’s tested the market? Where are the opportunities, challenges and priorities for 2009 and beyond?
  3. Where to invest in Mobile technologies – Preparing for the Mobile platform
  4. How to develop mobile strategies – Analysis and insight into opportunities from mobile technology innovations
  5. How to plan for the future of mobile travel – Operational management for mobile strategy integration

The event will give you: Action, investment and bench marking

Hear from peers already using mobile to sell

  • Benchmark your progress against the best
  • Understand how to apply the mobile channel across the travel buying cycle to increase sales, retention and profits
  • Asses tech and app suppliers, buy the right solutions with confidence and ensure you have the best chance of making a return on your investment.

List of confirmed speakers at Mobile Strategies Summit

  • Gareth Morgan, Director of Product Management, InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Chris La Rose, Director Website Strategy & Testing, Hilton Hotels Corporation
  • Josh Steinitz, CEO, NileGuide
  • Deanne Dale, VP Sales and Account Management, Travelocity Business
  • Sameer Poonja, VP Online Distribution & E-Commerce, Kiwi Collection Inc.
  • Jared Miller, Sr. Director, Customer Self-Service, Continental Airlines
  • Kristen Manion, Director, Direct Marketing and CRM, Delta Airlines
  • Scott Hintz, VP Business Development, TripIt
  • Michael Perhaes, Assistant VP Marketing, MGM Grand Hotel
  • Ken Bostock, MD Airport Strategy and Continuous Improvement, United Airlines
  • Amy Scarth, Head of Research, EyeforTravel
  • Chris La Rose, Director Web Product Strategy, Hilton Hotels Corporation
  • Tom O’Neil, Team Manager, Google
  • Jeff Plaisted, National Sales Manager, Microsoft Mobile Advertising, Microsoft Corporation
  • Michael Dalesandro, CEO, Where I’ve Been
  • Mike Daly, VP Travel Services, Rearden Commerce
  • Fraser Campbell, CEO, Wcities
  • Koen Bavinck, Sales Manager, Sound of Data
  • Tony Winston, Mgr., Mobility Solutions & Managing Architect, Enterprise Technology Solutions, American Airlines
  • April Bridgeman, Senior Vice President, BCD Travel

To see the full list of 2008 attendees, click here

To find out more on the event, click here

To request more information on the event, click here

To obtain the discount of 70 USD for our readers.when you register, kindly quote "TDN" – click here!

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Contact organisers

For general enquiries:

Helen Raff
VP North America
+44 (0) 207 375 7582 (UK)

If you are a vendor and would like to speak at this event please contact:

Paul Lane
Director of Sales
+44 (0)207 3757597 (UK)

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