The Beat Live kicks off in two weeks. Register now to join industry heavy hitters at our 12th annual event, taking place in New York City from Sept. 17 to Sept. 19.
This senior-level event is renowned for candid executive commentary, substantial audience interaction and extensive networking.
The Beat Live this year will feature onstage interviews with JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes, SAP Concur president Jim Lucier, CWT CEO Kurt Ekert and Farelogix CEO Jim Davidson.
BTN Hall of Famer and DigiTravel Consulting founder Susan Lichtenstein will bring her wisdom and wisecracks as our master of ceremonies.
Among panel topics, Festive Road managing partner Caroline Strachan will lead a lively discussion on airline distribution economics with American Airlines VP of sales and distribution strategy Cory Garner, American Express Global Business Travel EVP of global supplier relations Michael Qualantone, AmTrav CEO Jeff Klee and Lufthansa Group hub airlines VP and head of distribution Xavier Lagardere.
Navesink Advisory Group founder Flo Lugli will dissect hotel distribution with BCD Travel SVP of lodging April Bridgeman, Sabre Travel Network SVP of global lodging, ground and sea Traci Mercer and Omni Hotels & Resorts SVP of revenue and distribution Andrew Rubinacci.
Meanwhile, travel industry vet and tech guru Johnny Thorsen stops by to review emerging technology concepts with a few tech players that are applying blockchain, machine learning and microservices to corporate travel.
PlaneBusiness Banter publisher Holly Hegeman will sit down with Wall Street airline analyst Hunter Keay of Wolfe Research to delve into the commercial airline sector.
This year's agenda showcases other hallmarks of The Beat Live, including The Buyers' Table and a keynote that was chosen by readers: Festive Road managing partner Paul Tilstone delivers his address, Oh BT! Why Online Booking Tools Need To Wake Up And Smell The Coffee.
During the Views panel, led by Serko SVP of North America Tony D'Astolfo, the keynote runners-up each will deliver a bite-size version of their keynote address and participate in a raucous Q&A. They are Travel Incorporated SVP of business development and marketing Tracie Carillo, Lumo CEO Bala Chandran, Travelport president and managing director of the Americas Simon Ferguson, Flight Centre Travel Group chief experience officer for corporate brands John Morhous and ARC EVP and COO Lauri Reishus.
See the full agenda, other confirmed speakers and more information on The Beat Live event website.