We are proud to present the agenda for The Beat Live, taking place at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile from Oct. 18 to 20.
Our ninth annual event will feature a keynote address from Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, an onstage chat with BCD Group founder John Fentener van Vlissingen and a live interview with United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz. We also have Priceline and Upside founder Jay Walker stopping by to talk about innovation and traveler behavior.
Meanwhile, Deem's new president and COO John Rizzo will field questions from The Beat editors and the audience as he takes his place on the Hot Seat.
The event also will spotlight a keynote address chosen by The Beat's readers, as well as ample networking opportunities with industry influencers.
Among panel topics, we will explore artificial intelligence, bots and messaging technologies withServo's Nadav Gur, American Express Global Business Travel's Evan Konwiser, FCM Travel Solutions' John Morhous and Pana's Devon Tivona. Another panel session will delve into hotel distribution, as Carlson Wagonlit Travel's Scott Brennan, Hickory Global Partners' Chris Dane, Marriott International's Oral Muir and Omni Hotels & Resorts' Lesli Reynolds join industry vet and moderator Flo Lugli.
For The Buyers' Table, moderator Steven Mandelbaum, Advisory Board vice president of information systems, will sit down with fellow corporate program managers to discuss hot topics in travel management.
As always, Tony D'Astolfo, now Deem chief commercial officer, will lead The Views panel and United Airlines senior vice president of worldwide sales Dave Hilfman will return as our one-of-a-kind master of ceremonies.
We look forward to seeing you in Chicago. Register before Sept. 1 to lock in our early-bird discount.