EyeforTravel’s Travel Distribution Summit North America 2010 is scheduled to take place Oct 13-14, 2010 in Chicago. The theme for this year’s TDS is “Essential Growth Strategies for a Changing Travel Market.”
The two day event includes four distinct travel conferences, with 70+ expert speakers and over 750 travel professionals on hand to fill up The Westin on Michigan Avenue.
The four distinct travel conferences are as listed below:-
Event Director Marco Saio says “We know that maintaining a ‘business as usual’ approach to markets and consumers that have transformed almost beyond recognition is not an option.”
The keynote session on Day 1 emphasizes this point – the lasting impact of the recession, how the distribution game has changed, how to stay ahead of the game and plan for the ‘next big thing’ in online travel.
Part I of this series on TDS North America 2010 takes a look at some of the highlights of the Online Sales & Distribution conference.
Profit Enhancing Distribution Strategies for a Changed Market: Topics covered in this session include the changing power dynamic between OTAs, suppliers, metasearch and the GDS companies, and the change in distribution models amongst OTA’s, metasearch and search engines.
Also discussed in this session will be an important question that everyone is grappling with under the new normal – How can you leverage traffic away from intermediaries and grow your direct channel for highest returns?
Speakers for this session include:- Keith Watson, VP, Rate Tiger
Eric Hofer, Senior Director of Commercial Sales, Travelport
Robert McDowell, Managing Director Distribution & E Commerce, United Airlines
Sunil Bhatt, VP & GM, Expedia Affiliate Network Americas
Rick Seaney, CEO, FareCast.com (Panelist)
Anticipate The Evolution of Search: Online search has undergone a sea change in the last year, with the inclusion of twitter feeds and micro blogging. This session starts off with the importance of adapting to the semantic web, an in-depth look at the current state of the search landscape, and charting how the travel consumer’s interaction with the web has changed.
Attendees will find more about the future of social search, how personalized search result mechanisms affect SEO ratings, and how developments in web 3.0 will help you reach, engage and influence the next generation of online travelers.
Speakers for this session include:- Jane Butler, Industry Director for Travel, Google Inc
Krista Pappas, Global Director & Head of Business Development, Bing Travel at Microsoft
Yen Lee, Co-Founder and President, UpTake
Elisabeth Osmeloski, Managing Editor, Search Engine Land
Innovative Post-Recession Distribution Models: Disruptive change results in established business models struggling to stay relevant, while space opens up for entrepreneurs who can see the opportunities and come up with innovative models.
This session puts together four such companies who will share their secrets and predictions regarding the next phase in the evolution of online travel.
Speakers for this session include:- Drew Patterson, CEO & Founder, Jetsetter
Adam Healey, Co-Founder & CEO, hotelicopter
Gregg Brockway, CEO, TripIt
Carl Shepherd, Co Founder and Chief Strategy and Development Officer, HomeAway Inc