Fourth Annual Phocuswright Europe Begins Next Month

Phocuswright Europe 2017

New York, 11 April 2017 – Phocuswright, the travel industry research authority, begins the fourth annual Phocuswright Europe. 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.

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 at

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

About Phocuswright Inc.
Phocuswright is the leading authority in travel research and events. Phocuswright delivers the most trusted information on the impact of digital and innovation to the travel industry. Phocuswright’s market sizing and consumer research are the industry standard around the world, and our conferences are the largest assembly of online travel leaders, investors, CEOs, executives and innovative startups.
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.

ArrivalGuides is Phocuswright Europe Media Partner.