09:15 - 09:30 Opening Remarks
Travel companies in China are vying for overseas supplier resources as the nation’s outbound tourism sector grows rapidly. The travel industry is being revolutionized, driven by technological advancement and consolidation, with enhancement in the connections between online and offline, domestic and overseas travel companies, and companies and consumers. Travel firms are increasingly focused on user experience and efficiency improvement brought about by innovative technologies following major acquisitions and mergers in the business. Technology applications and development of VR, AI, robots and others are on the rise in the integration and innovation of global tourism.
09:30 - 10:05 CEO Talk
As an acquisition veteran for the Priceline Group, Mr. Glenn Fogel’s strategic acquisition of Booking.com has been driving Priceline’s robust growth for more than a decade. Now as CEO and president of the Priceline Group, where will Glenn lead the colossal enterprise towards?
10:05 - 10:30 Keynote
Ctrip’s International Strategies
Having dominated the domestic market, Ctrip is now ushering in its core strategies for internationalization in the next few years. As the company’s first female CEO, Ms. Jane Sun has made her way to the stage from behind the scene. How will she build a team committed to the globalization mission? How will she leverage Skyscanner and MakeMyTrip to deliver an international platform of Ctrip and maintain the company’s innovative spirit?
10:30 - 11:00 Munch, Meet and Mingle
11:00 - 11:45 CEO Talk
The Next Challenger
Ctrip’s dominance in China’s travel market does not mean that the firm can rest on its laurels. Technological innovation and changes in customer needs have made the industry an ever-evolving sector. For industry newcomers like Alibaba, Tongcheng Tourism and Meituan Dianping, how will they break through to the next level in the market? Where do their opportunities lie?
11:45 - 12:30 CEO Talk
Game Changer for Tour Operators
Having gone through cut-throat competitions in China's online travel business, OTAs are now targeting offline travel market and building their brick-and-mortar presence. On the other hand, tour operators like Utour and Caissa are also investing in online platforms to improve their customer acquisition. Will OTAs' foray into offline business be a game changer for the sector? What kind of transformation will this online-offline integration bring about?
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch and Midday Break
14:00 - 14:30 CEO Talk
Huazhu Hotels Group is not just a leading mid-scale and budget hotel company in China, but also the only major Chinese hotel group listed on Nasdaq. The company has been upgrading its accommodation products in recent years and investing in new segments such as apartment leasing, shared workspace, and bicycle rentals. How is Huazhu leading this technology-driven industry transformation?
14:30 - 14:55 Keynote
How to Build a China-Style Unique Homestay Product?
Tujia has further strengthened its foothold in China’s homestay and short-term rental market after its acquisition of Mayi.com and the homestay business of Ctrip and Qunar. But it still faces competition from domestic and international rivals like Airbnb. As Chinese consumers have yet to cultivate their purchase habits for homestay and short-term rental, how will Tujia foster China-style homestay service?
14:55 - 15:20 Keynote
15:20 - 15:45 Keynote
15:45 - 16:15 Munch, Meet and Mingle
16:15 - 16:40 Keynote
16:40 - 17:25 Executive Roundtable
Airline Distribution——From GDS to OTA, Metasearch and Platform Model, What’s Next?
The year 2016 was an eventful one for airline distribution: Lufthansa had introduced a Distribution Cost Charge (DCC) for bookings made via a GDS and launched direct connection between airline distributors and corporate clients. The Chinese airline companies have rolled out direct booking initiatives to boost their direct sales. What will be the changes this year in airline distribution? What distribution model will be dominant in the future?
17:25 - 18:00 Travel Videos Contest
18:30 - 20:30 Dinner Reception
09:15 - 12:15
09:15 - 12:15 Workshop 1
09:15 - 12:15 Workshop 2
09:15 - 12:15 Workshop 3
12:15 - 14:00 Lunch and Midday Break
14:00 - 14:35
THack China Winner Demonstration
Each of the three winning teams from Thack, co-hosted by Tnooz and TravelDaily, will present their products to the audience.
14:35 - 15:00 Keynote
15:00 - 16:30
China Travel Innovation Challenge
Eight companies that have prevailed in various rounds of elimination will showcase their product innovations within their eight-minute time slots. They will face sharp and perceptive questions from the experienced product experts on the judging panel as well as the audience, and then the judging panel will name the winner of "China Travel Innovative Challenge".
16:30 - 17:15
Travel Investments and Startups
Investments in China’s travel entrepreneurship had plunged to a new low in the past year and many startups have collapsed due to high costs on customer acquisition and blood-letting price wars. Yet the Chinese travel industry still presents great opportunities for investments. Where are the investment and startup opportunities of the travel industry for established investors and entrepreneurs? What lessons can be learned by entrepreneurs from the ups and downs of the past few years?
17:30 End of Conference
1) Chinese - English simultaneous interpretation would be available on site.
2) All conference information (including program, speakers, etc.) is subject to change without notice.