By Eimear Dodd Journalism MA student, @TheCity_Dublin editor, @Irish_TechNews

More details have been announced about the upcoming Phocuswright Europe conference , 16- 18 May 2017.

The event is taking place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, at the historic Beurs van Berlage. It will feature travel innovators, executive keynotes, panel discussions and debates, as well as exhibition and networking opportunities.

“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.”

Building on last year’s conference – which gathered over 400 attendees – Phocuswright Europe 2017 will bring together 500 European travel leaders to network, learn and build strategic partnerships with the industry’s most influential leaders, innovators and visionary thinkers.

Topic discussions will 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.

The conference will feature a keynote address by 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.

Phocuswright Europe 2017 Key Events:

Battleground, 17 May
Selected European companies will outline 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.

Centre Stage, 17-18 May
Phocuswright analysts speak with 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. Centre Stage will be 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.


Phocuswright Europe 2017 Speakers

  • 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

View the full speaker listing at


Registration is still open:

See #phocuswright or for updates.

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