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  • Chidozie Uzoezie

Disruption and Innovation to be Focus of ITB Asia Keynote Sessions

ITB Asia, ‘Asia’s Leading Travel Trade Show’, has announced this year’s impressive line-up of keynote speakers.

Under the theme of “Travel Reimagined”, key industry leaders will be providing insights on the major trends provoking disruption across the travel industry and how they are innovating in order to stay ahead.

Hosted at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Marina Bay Sands, the conference will take place from 17 - 19 October 2018.

The opening keynote session on 17 October will be led by global leaders from Facebook, Microsoft and, focusing on today’s complex travel industry issues including the major technological changes driving disruption in the travel sector.

The keynote addresses will be delivered by Nikhilesh Ponde, Global Head of Travel Strategy from Facebook, Shane O'Flaherty, Global Director of Travel and Transportation from Microsoft and Xing Xiong, CEO from, one of the world’s leading online travel agencies.

Day two’s keynote on 18 October will be a new intermediaries panel session with a focus on the future of travel distribution.

OTAs, metasearch engines and new intermediaries are disrupting distribution, with a 360-degree view of customers in a way that other travel industry players cannot — at least today.

With deep customer data and analytics, they are targeting the management of customer relationships, working as facilitators of mobility.

The second keynote panel session will be led by industry players including Amy Wei, Vice President, APAC from KAYAK, Andrew Hughes, Regional Director of Sourcing from Hotelbeds, Filip Filipov, Vice President of Product from Skyscanner and Charlie Osmond, Founder & Chief Tease from Triptease, who will share their insights on how they plan to succeed as the industry continues to move forward.

The keynote panel session on 19 October, day three, will focus on ‘winning over today’s Chinese travellers’, looking at China’s outbound travellers, one of the country’s largest exports, and how their spending power is reshaping the world today.

Top travel industry leaders including Alessandro Dassi, CEO & General Manager, Greater China & Far East from Thomas Cook, Troy Liu, Founder & CEO from Mileslife and Changle Yang, COO from Tujia, will provide insights on connecting travel brands with Chinese millennials, new trends and driving forces and how to market destinations to the tech-savvy Chinese travellers.

Organised by Messe Berlin Pte Ltd and supported by the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau, ITB Asia 2018 will take place at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore from 17 - 19 October 2018.

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