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Phocuswright Battleground: 16 of Travel's Most Innovative Companies Compete in One-Day Event

Phocuswright 25 July 2017
Phocuswright Innovation PlatformBattleground: The AmericasSeptember 12, 2017The Plug and Play CenterSunnyvale, CASunnyvale, CA -- Phocuswright has created a stand-alone Battleground event. Debuting September 12 at the Plug and Play Tech Center, the world's largest startup accelerator, 16 finalists will compete for a chance to take the stage at the annual Phocuswright Conference in November.Battleground will feature the most innovative early-stage travel startups from North, Central and South America. This one-day event is dedicated to bringing promising travel innovators into the limelight to demonstrate fresh ideas in front of potential investors and partners.Attendees will have an unprecedented chance to see the industry's youngest innovators live for an entry fee of just $199."We will showcase for our first-time attendees the next market-changing innovations, fresh ideas, new partners and investment opportunities," said Simon Lehmann, Phocuswright President. "With this expansion we give more members of our industry a chance to see the future on stage and get excited about the amazing possibilities for the future of the travel industry."The event will feature a keynote from Sam Shank, CEO & Co-Founder of HotelTonight, a panel conversation state of innovation and investment in travel, and a Phocuswright research presentation of insights from the upcoming The State of Startups 2005-2017 report series.During the Battleground, participants have six minutes each to demonstrate their innovations to a panel of sometimes ruthless and uncensored judges. The top two companies will move on to present at Summit during The Phocuswright Conference among 1,800 of the most influential leaders in travel.Plug and Play Tech Center in Silicon Valley is a venture fund, innovation platform, startup accelerator, and corporate innovation consultancy.For those interested in applying, applications close on July 31 - and this year, there is no fee to apply or demonstrate. Eligible applicants will be part of a startup company 4 years or younger, based in North America, Central America or South America, have $2M or less in funding and pass a rigorous Phocuswright screening.Attendee registration is also open.

Phocuswright Announces the European Travel Innovator Awards

Phocuswright 18 May 2017
Travel industry research authority, Phocuswright, has announced the award winners of the latest startup Battleground, held during Phocuswright Europe currently underway in Amsterdam. Twelve innovators took the stage to demonstrate groundbreaking applications and solutions that are set to change the travel industry. The winners represent the best of this elite group."As the research we presented today shows, Europe is ahead of the curve in mobile and technology adoption," said Phocuswright's manager, research and innovation, Michael Coletta. "We were delighted to feature a diverse set of innovators from around the continent who are applying cutting-edge technologies and bringing new ways of thinking to tackle challenges across hospitality, tours, transportation and media. We look forward to seeing how they evolve and have a real impact on how we travel."The EMEA Travel Innovator of the Year winner and runner-up are chosen by the Dragons, a panel of judges comprised of travel and technology experts. Attendees of Phocuswright Europe determined the People's Choice Award.EMEA TRAVEL INNOVATOR AWARD Winner: conichi Runner-Up: bookingkit GmbHPEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD WINNER An unprecedented tie for 2017: conichi and SharewoodABOUT THE COMPANIES conichi provides seamless check-in, digital key and mobile payment solutions for hotels. bookingkit GmbH is building a global GDS for tours and activities. Sharewood is a P2P marketplace for listing and renting outdoor gear.The EMEA Travel Innovator of the Year Award winner - conichi - moves on to demonstrate at Summit, held during the U.S.-based Phocuswright Conference held Nov. 7 - 9 in Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood, Florida.The next startup Battleground will be held on September 12 in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Phocuswright Launches Second Annual Phocuswright India

Phocuswright 11 October 2016
Travel industry research authority, Phocuswright, announces the launch of the second annual Phocuswright India, the Asia Pacific counterpart to its preeminent United States- and Europe-based conferences. The two-day event, held February 28 - March 2, 2017, takes place once again at The Leela Ambience Gurgaon Hotel & Residences, Gurgaon, India, and features travel innovators, executive keynotes, panel discussions and debates, as well as exhibition and networking opportunities.Building on the success of last year's conference, which gathered 400 attendees, Phocuswright Indiabrings together travel leaders to network, learn and build strategic partnerships with the industry's most influential leaders, innovators and visionary thinkers. Registration opens today."We're happy to be back at the Leela Ambience for the second installment of Phocuswright India," says Lorraine Sileo, Phocuswright's senior vice president, research. "We have more speakers, more innovators, more industry leaders and more content - prepare for great education sessions and even greater networking opportunities. This year really is bigger and better than before."The theme of the 2017 Phocuswright India, Funnel Revolution, encapsulates the key driving forces defining the Asia travel market. The Funnel Revolution invites you to contemplate:Cultivating captive audiences (think mobile apps and loyalty perks) upstages generic customer acquisitionIdentifying - and engaging - new prospects as InstaFaceChat comes into its ownGoing, staying, experiencing is no longer overshadowed by searching, shopping, buyingExploring AI/AR/VR... some of the new tools in the battle for better marketing, engagement and true personalization at scale"I found the inaugural Phocuswright India to be well-structured and valuable. It had high-caliber speakers and demonstrators who were well in tune with the current travel innovation, purchasing and consumption trends in the APAC region," says Trevor Lee, managing director, TravConsult. "I look forward to seeing the agenda for the 2017 Phocuswright India.""We're working on lining up a spectacular speaker roster for 2017," says Chetan Kapoor, Phocuswright's research analyst, Asia Pacific. "Our theme touches every segment and aspect of the Asia Pacific travel, tourism and hospitality industry and provides a great platform for conversations that will mold the future of travel in the region."Companies interested in attending Phocuswright India can learn more and register here:www.phocuswrightindia.com.

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