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CEOs and MDs of Air Asia X, Abacus, Google Travel and Microsoft to address travel industry in Asia

eTN Staff Writer  Jan 20, 2010

Leading senior executives from Air Asia X, Abacus, Google Travel, and Microsoft are set to address Asia’s travel industry and discuss key strategies for the upturn at EyeforTravel’s Travel Distribution Summit Asia , which will take place in Singapore, April 28-29. The event is Asia’s largest meeting place for senior travel professionals with 55 expert speakers confirmed and over 800 leading brands expected attend.

Top on the agenda for 2010 is an analysis of how the Asian travel industry can prepare for recovery. After a tough year, the key to rebuilding the foundations of a recovering market will be innovation and a clear understanding of how new technologies will drive future change and create lucrative opportunities for online travel.

Heading up the debate will be Timothy Hughes, VP of Orbitz, Hotelclub, and founder of the Business of Online Travel along with Mark Inkster, GM, Microsoft Online Services Group Asia. They will be joined by Google’s managing director of travel, Rob Torres, who will be coming all the way from Mountain View, California, to share his unique visions for the future of online travel.

Robert Bailey, president and CEO of Abacus International; Azran Osman-Rani, CEO of Air Asia X; and John Koldowski, deputy CEO and head, Office of Strategy Management at PATA, will present the new trends, key issues, and challenges that will shape the industry in 2010 and beyond.

Recent research from the UNWTO and STR Global revealed that growth has returned to international travel and tourism markets, and Asia in particular is enjoying slow but steady growth in both business travel and long haul, two sectors that were hit hardest by the global softening of demand.

Event director, Marco Saio, reported: "It’s been a tough year for the Asian travel market. The industry playing field has changed dramatically. We’re seeing now that those companies who intelligently prepare for the upturn will be those who reap the rewards."

"This event comes at an opportune moment. Packed full of insightful case studies from top travel brands, as well as ample time to network and secure successful partnerships, TDS Asia 2010 is an essential date for every Asian travel professionals diary," said Saio.

With recovery as the central theme of the summit, it will bring together leading executives from Asia, Europe, and North America for two days of insightful presentations, heated debate, and powerful networking opportunities to arm online travel professionals with essential strategic tools and knowledge for a successful 2010.

For all event inquiries contact: Marco Saio, global event director, EyeforTravel, email: .

CEOs and MDs of Air Asia X, Abacus, Google Travel and Microsoft to address travel industry in Asia
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