Top travel brands to discuss recovery at TDS North America 2010

Leading industry experts from Expedia, Google, Marriott International, United Airlines, IHG, Orbitz Worldwide, and Continental Airlines are set to address North America’s online travel industry and

Top travel brands to discuss recovery at TDS North America 2010

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Leading industry experts from Expedia, Google, Marriott International, United Airlines, IHG, Orbitz Worldwide, and Continental Airlines are set to address North America’s online travel industry and discuss key growth strategies for the upturn.

Now in it’s 11th successful year, EyeforTravel’s Travel Distribution Summit North America will bring together the most successful travel brands from North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean to Chicago, October 13-14. The event will gather over 750 senior travel professionals and 70+ expert speakers for 2 days of insightful presentations, vigorous debate, and powerful networking opportunities to arm online travel professionals with essential strategic tools and insider’s knowledge for a prosperous 2010.

A Transformed Online Landscape

With the travel industry still reeling and in strategic disarray after the chaos of last year, the summit will seek to bring together the foremost brands from across the hospitality, airline, OTA, metasearch, and GDS sectors to review the current industry state of play and reveal how they plan to capitalize on improving market conditions. Top on the agenda will be how to harness emergent trends and technologies, understand changing consumer behaviors, and capitalize on the mobile and social media phenomena.

“We know that maintaining a ‘business as usual’ approach to markets and consumers that have transformed almost beyond recognition is not an option,” reports Event Director Marco Saio. “What we’re seeing now is that those companies who proactively anticipate and react to disruptive change will undoubtedly be the same companies that will emerge in the strongest position competitively and financially as momentum builds for economic recovery.”

Over 70 Expert Speakers Confirmed from the Most Successful Travel Brands in the World, Including:

Glenn Fogel – EVP,
Ronnie Gurion – President, Orbitz Worldwide Distribution
Travis Christ – President of the Americas, Travelport
Robert McDowell, Managing Director Distribution & E Commerce, United Airlines
Noreen Courtney-Wilds – VP Sales & Distribution, JetBlue Airways
Sunil Bhatt – VP & GM, Expedia Affiliate Network Americas
Doug Miller – Global Vice President, Media Solutions, Expedia Inc
Matthew Petitjean – Director of Ecommerce & Online Marketing, Wyndham Hotel Group
Dr. Peter Belobaba, Principal Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Andrew Donkin, SVP Global Marketing and Media, Travelocity
Rob Torres, Managing Director of Travel Vertical, Google Inc
Krista Pappas – Global Director & Head of Business Development Bing Travel at Microsoft
Melissa Skluzacek – Director – Pricing & Revenue Management, Midwest Airlines
Bruce Poon Tip – Founder, Gap Adventures
James Bell, Commercial Vice President, STA Travel
Chinmai Sharma – Vice President Revenue Management, Wyndham Worldwide Hotels and Resorts
Chris Amenechi Senior Director – International eCommerce & Distribution Planning, Continental Airlines
Kyle Moore – Vice President Product Marketing, Sabre Travel Network
Sheryl Freedman – Director, International Revenue Management & Talent Development, Marriott International
Gregg Brockway – CEO, Tripit
Max Starkov – Chief eBusiness Strategist, Hospitality eBusiness Strategies
Tony D’Astolfo – Vice President for Worldwide Sales and Travel, Rearden Commerce
Chris Brown – Vice President of Product Strategy, Orbitz Worldwide
Jared Miller – Sr. Director, Customer Self-Service Continental Airlines
Bill Keen – Director of Product Management, InterContinental Hotels Group
Mike Putnam – Senior Product Manager, Mobile, TripAdvisor
Will Pinnell – Director of Mobile Strategy, Sabre Holdings
Audrey Cornu – Development Internet Director, Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resorts
Robert Patterson – Director of Social Media and Web Analytics, MMG Worldwide
Jill Fletcher – Social Media and Communications Manager, Virgin America

View the Full Speaker Line-up Here:

Heading up the debate will be industry veteran Glenn Fogel – EVP,; Ronnie Gurion – President, Distribution, Orbitz Worldwide; and Google’s Managing Director of Travel, Rob Torres, will be coming all the way from Mountain View, California, to share his unique visions for the future of online travel.

This year, a large emphasis has been focused on gaining insights and practical case studies from leading airline carriers including United Airlines, Continental Airlines, Midwest-Frontier, Lufthansa, Virgin America, and JetBlue among others.

See the Full Summit Agenda Here:

With “Essential Growth Strategies for a Changing Travel Market” as the central theme of the summit, the stage is set in Chicago for cutting-edge industry analysis, fresh thinking, and new ways to drive your business forward in 2010 and beyond.

“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 North America 2010 is an essential date for every North American travel professionals diary,” said Saio.

For all event enquiries contact the Event Directors: Marco Saio, [email protected] , +44(0)20 7375 7219; Rosie Akenhead, [email protected] , +44(0)20 7375 7229

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