WTM Travel Innovation Summit


Monday 5 November 2012

14:30 – 17:15

TTI in association with OpenTravel

World Travel Market ExCel – London Platinum Suite 3

At this summit we heard from the leading lights of the travel industry as well as new entrants with innovative business models. They gave their take on the very latest developments in travel that will affect all of us now and in the near future.

Innovation is the lifeblood of travel. From the first travel agents in the 19th century to the soon to be realised expectation of space tourism, the industry has continued to innovate. At the forefront of the deployment of technology in the travel industry are Travel Technology Initiative and OpenTravel. The two organisations have teamed up with World Travel Market, organising this Summit to throw a spotlight on innovation.

Innovating in Travel

The travel industry thrives on innovation. The never-ending process of launching new products and new ways of selling them create a continually vibrant travel marketplace.

Simon Breakwell, Founder at Expedia 1996, Head of Expedia Europe, Past & Present on the Boards of Expedia, Hipmunk.com, HomeAway. Recently joined Uber.com as their Head of European Operations

Charles Ehredt, Head of Venture Farm & Innovation, Odigeo

Richard Lewis, CEO, Interchange & Consort Hotels, Best Western Hotels, Beacon Purchasing

Maps & Money

Mapping & payments continue to be the subjects of great innovation, affecting every travel company. There have been great strides in the way payments are handled, keeping pace with the progress of the online world. Advances in mapping have revolutionised the way in which travellers are able to plan their trips.

Vikas Arora, Solution Sales Professional, Bing Maps (Microsoft)

Peter Wickes, Vice President Business Development UK & EMEA, WorldPay

A Glimpse of the Future

Representatives from two of the world’s most innovative organisations will gave us a view of future technology and online developments. BT has been responsible for trail-blazing inventions such as the LED and Google is now a byword for innovation.

Stephany van Willigenburg, Industry Manager, New Products & Solutions, Google

Carsten Kraus, Founder & CEO, FACT-Finder

Dr Nicola Millard, Customer Experience Futurologist, BT

The event was followed by a drinks reception on the exhibition floor

This event was kindly sponsored by:


Drinks reception kindly sponsored by: