The third Phocuswright Europe Conference was held at the Convention Centre Dublin on the 10-12 of May 2016 and drew the continent’s top players to exchange views on the trends in technology for the European travel market. The theme was “Unsettled yet Undeterred”, reflecting the backdrop of Europe’s bumpy economic recovery and reduced spending on travel.
The travel industry DNA is changing, with important shifts happening from one year’s Phocuswright to the next.
Stephen Kaufer, CEO, Tripadvisor, emphasized the company’s shifting focus from a review resource to one that accommodates instant bookings. KAYAK and Google have also introduced direct bookings.
About 100 developers from all over the world gathered in Berlin to participate in THack – one of the most prestigious hackathons organized in the travel technology space. The event, organized by Tnooz, took place at the betahaus co-working space over the weekend of 4-6 March and was supported by HomeAway, Skyscanner and Xapix.io.
Participants were asked to develop solutions to these four travel challenges:
DataArt’s Travel & Hospitality Practice’s team, represented by Greg Abbott, Charlotte Lamp Davies, Roman Peskin and Alex Shchedrin, exhibited its latest technology solutions at the annual Phocuswright travel Conference in Hollywood, Florida. With a record 1700 of the most influential leaders from 30+ countries in attendance, The Phocuswright Conference consisted of The Battleground, Travel Innovation Summit, Center Stage, workshops, and the exhibitor showcase. The theme for the 2015 Conference was – I, Traveler: Embracing Post Mobile.
Speaking at the center stage, Expedia CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi talked of the new breed of competition from alternative accommodations, as a “fact of life” and Expedia’s response to it by a 4 billion acquisition of HomeAway. Khosrowshahi said “We believe in home vacation rentals, we believe in taking that from a listings business to a transactional business”. A major deal with SilverRail to power Expedia’s global entry into the growing rail sector, was announced at the Conference. Khosrowshahi commented on Expedia’s intention to invest in air and rail is key to differentiation from other competitors and would allow the company to up- sell related products like hotels and activities and boost consumer purchase frequency.