Virtuoso launching inaugural travel tech summit

Tuesday, Aug 09, 2022 0

Global agency network Virtuoso is hosting its first-ever Travel Tech Summit

It takes place 14 August at ARIA Resort & Casino during its Virtuoso Travel Week event.

The summit consists of three components: a Big Ideas Session addressing tech strategies t; a VC Panel focused on the innovations and longer-term opportunities and a Startup Showcase featuring companies that are addressing pain points in the travel industry.

It is led by tech entrepreneur and investor, and Virtuoso board member, Gilad Berenstein, with Virtuoso Senior Vice President, Digital & Consumer Products Travis McElfresh among the Big Idea speakers.

“Innovating and pushing boundaries is something Virtuoso has always embraced,” says Virtuoso Chairman and CEO Matthew D. Upchurch.

Berenstein will kick off the sessions with a broad overview addressing five key themes: optimisation; financialization of travel; the role of creators and influencers; aggregation and super apps; and emerging technologies in the Metaverse and Web3.

“After attending so many industry events, both open and closed, it seemed to me there was no home for innovators focused on luxury travel and the advisor/agency model,” said Berenstein. Speakers for each session follow.

Big Ideas Speakers include Khalid Meniri – CEO and Founder, Selfbook and Ethan Hawkes,  Head of Strategic Partnerships, Hopper



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