The Beat Live is less than three weeks away, and tomorrow is the deadline to reserve the conference hotel rate. Register here to secure conference registration and our special room rate for The Beat Live at The Westin Crystal City in Arlington, Va., Sept. 29-Oct. 1.
You won't want to miss the stellar program of headline speakers, lively panel discussions and the industry's best networking.
The event will feature a Keynote on the future of travel technology and distribution from Orbitz founding CEO and KA holdings managing director Jeff Katz, a View From The Top interview with American Express Global Business Travel chairman and founder of investment firm Certares Greg O'Hara, the Hot Seat featuring Lufthansa German Airlines vice president of the Americas Juergen Siebenrock and The Interview with BCD Travel CEO John Snyder.
Among panel presentations, Inside The Beltway will spotlight pressing legislative and regulatory issues with Airlines for America's David Berg, The Travel Technology Association's Steve Shur, American Society of Travel Agents' Paul Ruden and American Hotel & Lodging Association's Vanessa Sinders.
We Want Mobile And We Want It Yesterday will provide a C-level view of mobile technology trends with Christopherson Business Travel CEO Mike Cameron, Egencia chief technology officer Sravana Karnati, Mobile Travel Technologies CEO Gerry Samuels and Roadmap CEO Jeroen van Velzen.
Always a crowd favorite, The Buyer's Table will give travel managers and buyers their say on hot topics, with participation from Dart Container's Cheryl Benjamin, Booz Allen Hamilton's Jack Lever, IAC's Rosemary Maloney and FINRA's Carol McDowell.
The agenda also will include a keynote speech from Carlson Wagonlit Travel's Nicholas Vournakis, whom The Beat's readers chose over 11 other keynote pitches. He'll address fragmented distribution, the growth of disruptors and changing business models in the travel business.
Reprising his role will be Phocuswright managing director Tony D'Astolfo (moderator of the always-entertaining The Views panel, which this year features Travel and Transport's Brian Beard, tClara's Scott Gillespie, Executive Travel's Steve Glenn, tripBAM's Steve Reynolds and Rocketrip's Dan Ruch). Also making repeat appearances are PlaneBusiness publisher Holly Hegeman (delivering provocative lunchtime commentary on the airline industry) and United Airlines senior vice president of worldwide sales Dave Hilfman (The Beat Live's one-of-a-kind master of ceremonies).