Gillian Morris is the co-founder and CEO of Hitlist (hitlistapp.com), a mobile app which helps users travel more by delivering personalized, proactive trip recommendations. Investors include the... Read More →
Better known as the ‘BudgetTraveller’, Kash Bhattacharya is a travel blogger, blogger outreach specialist and social media professional. 2013 was a landmark year for BudgetTraveller. Kash was... Read More →
With a background in destination marketing of more than a decade, Nick is one of the tourism industry’s leading experts on destination marketing. As founder of the Digital... Read More →
We're looking to get exhibitors in the tech-zone or innovators in the tourism industry involved as an ‘Innovator’ in mobile. The Think Tank is offering, on an invitation only basis, the opportunity for you to take part in ‘Mobile: Thought Leaders and Innovators’, an extended two hour session taking place on the Tech Stage, right in the heart of the tech zone on Thursday 6th November between 10:00 and 12:00.
As an innovator, you’ll be joined in the second part of the programme alongside other innovators, experts and travel industry leaders. In this session, Tine Thygesen, recognised by TheNextWeb as one of the ‘Top 100 Women in Tech’, will open the floor to our Innovators to each pitch their business to our experts and to the audience in three minutes, followed by a lively debate about how mobile is disrupting the travel industry.
If you’d like to join WTM, the Digital Tourism Think Tank and Tine Thygesen on stage for this exclusive Mobile Thought Leaders and Innovators session, all you have to do is be one of the first ten to sign up through the Digital Tourism Think Tank’s Innovator Application. In just a few clicks you could be speaking to the industry about your mobile products and services and how they change the way we discover, plan share, buy and sell travel.
If you’re interested in being part of the other sessions hosted by the Digital Tourism Think Tank, please get in touch to discuss your interest.
We look forward to seeing you in November.
Digital Tourism Think Tank
Mobile: Thought Leaders and Innovators
This session brings the industry's leading thinkers and innovators together to share their visions on our new mobile world of travel. During this extended Travel Tech Theatre session, the Digital Tourism Think Tank will invite thought leaders to share their unique perspectives on mobile and their vision for 2015 and beyond. The session will be divided into two parts to help the audience get to grips with the changing pace of mobile in travel.
10:00Part 1: Mobile Leaders
Moderated by Nick Hall| Digital Tourism Think Tank
Part 1: Respected figures from the industry's leading players, such as TripAdvisor, will share unique insights and learnings on mobile. Speakers will share different perspectives on mobile leading to a debate, incorporating the audience on how this field will develop in the future.
Rory E. Kenny| Director - Mobile Partnerships & Affiliate EMEA - TripAdvisor
David Llewellyn| Head of Mobile Marketing - Skyscanner Europe
Kate Rasmussen| Director of Strategic Accounts - HotelTonight
Kevin May| Editor and a co-founder Tnooz
11:00Part 2: Innovator Pitches
Moderated by Alex Bainbridge| Tour CMS
This session is focused on mobile innovation and will be led by Alex Bainbridge, Director of TourCMS and one of the leading tech entrepreneurs. This session will set-out a vision looking at where innovation will come from in the future and how to tap-into the new opportunities of technology, followed by an 'Mobile Innovator Pitch-Up' where disruptors entering the market will be asked to pitch their ideas and be challenged on them by the audience.
Gillian Morris| Hitlist
Dan Fennessy| Party with a Local
Tony Sandler| What Now Travel
Kevin O’Shaughnessy| CityHook
Session 1: Storytelling
11:00 Destinations in Focus: Stories that Sell
Moderated by Nick Hall| Digital Tourism Think Tank
Destinations are often faced with new challenges, not least the ever evolving role of digital in shaping opinions and creating inspiration. Over the past ten years, the visitor and of course the visitor planning cycle have evolved to become more complex and more sophisticated.
This session looks at the rise of deeply immersive and engaging approaches to telling stories about destinations, rather than simply 'selling' the destination as we have done for years. Destinations, experts and professional story tellers all tell their stories and discuss the future role of content in digital strategies and how to seed it effectively.
Mark Henry| Central Marketing Director - Tourism Ireland
Kash Bhattacharya | Budget Traveller
Nicholas Montemaggi| Digital Press Officer - APT Servizi, Emilia Romagna Tourist Board
Martin Stoll| Sparkloft Media
Session 2: Mobile
12:30Visitor Buying Cycle: Mobile in the Mix
Moderated by Nicholas Hall| Digital Tourism Think Tank
Smartphones has completely transformed the travel industry in just a matter of years. Whilst innovative travel business, including disruptors and newcomers, have shown the huge potential of smartphones to inspire, support, and even transform the travel experience, most are still struggling to get to grips with mobile.
In this short but essential session, we'll take the audience through each stage of the visitor planning cycle and hear from industry leaders and experts about how mobile is impacting each stage, before, during and after a trip. If mobile has a role in your strategy (it does!), this session is not to be missed.
13:30End of the Session
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Come and see us at WTM London
This year the Digital Tourism Think Tank will be greatly represented at WTM London 2014. After the success of our Digital Debate for DMOs last year, we're excited to be returning to Excel to deliver fresh and useful content again.
We are planning various sessions on digital marketing, mobile strategies and technology in tourism for the entire industry. We are putting together inspirational but also best practice content on technology in tourism and we are currently contacting speakers that will excite you with new insights and tips based on their extensive knowledge and expertise.
If you’re working in the tourism industry or are deeply passionate about mobile, or even both, then make sure you come and see us at WTM London. You can already sign up to receive more information about our involvement at WTM London once we confirm the programme, speakers and more.
We're looking forward to meeting you in London 3-6 November!