PROGRAMME

November 5, 2020

*All times are shown in Japan Time (GMT+9).
Travel Zero.O: Reboot
15:00 - 15:10
Setting The Stage
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Kei Shibata
Co-founder & CEO, LINE TRAVEL jp & Trip101/
Co-founder, WiT Japan & North Asia
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Aya Aso
Founder & CEO, SAVVY Collective/
Co-founder, WiT Japan & North Asia
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Yeoh Siew Hoon
Founder
WiT
15:10 - 15:30
Coffee Chat: Eijiro Yamakita, President and CEO, JTB

Eijiro Yamakita was promoted to President and CEO of JTB on June 30 this year. A statement from JTB said the appointment was part of a move to make its management “younger to accelerate the global business and the digital transformation, taking over “the third business foundation”, a corporate initiative  to provide solution businesses. In this session, Yamakita, who joined JTB in April 1987 from Waseda University, will share how JTB is viewing the recovery and how it is transforming the organisation.

 

Interviewer:

 

Yeoh Siew Hoon
Founder
WiT

 

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Eijiro Yamakita
President and CEO
JTB Corp.
15:30 - 16:10
Rebooting Travel: Breakout Trends & Themes In Hyperspeed

This panel will sew together different perspectives on what are the trends and themes that will accelerate and shape travel in the region, and globally, in the years ahead.

 

Moderator:

 

Yeoh Siew Hoon
Founder
WiT

 

 

Panel:
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Ang Choo Pin
Senior Director, Government & Corporate Affairs, & Managing Director, Asia
Expedia Group
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Louise Daley
Deputy CEO, APAC
Accor
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Damien Pfirsch
VP, Strategic Partnerships & Programs
Agoda
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Vikas Bhola
Regional Director, North Asia
Booking.com
16:10 - 16:30
Rebooting North Asia: Breakout Trends & Themes In Hyperspeed

North Asia is its own biggest market and it will be the next market that recovers, after domestic tourism. We travel across the region to visit key travel players in different markets to get a feel for what’s happening on the ground there, and how they see travel within the region recovering.

 

Moderator:

 

Timothy Hughes
Vice President, Corporate Development
Agoda

 

 

Panel:
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Min Yoon
CEO & Founder
Tidesquare
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Gina Tsai
Founder/Vice President
Creative Tourism and Community Design Association, Taiwan (CTCAT)
16:30 - 17:00
Rebooting Japan: Breakout Trends & Themes in Hyperspeed

Has this move towards domestic tourism derailed or made local travel giants stronger? Let’s find out in this super OTA session as we gather the leading online travel brands for a gathering to discuss the impact on their business, the rebooting they’ve had to make to their organisations and their perspectives on the future.

 

Moderator:

 

Kei Shibata
Co-founder & CEO, LINE TRAVEL jp & Trip101/
Co-founder, WiT Japan & North Asia

 

 

Panel:
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Jun Sakaki
CEO
Ikyu Corporation
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Michinari Miyata
Producer
Recruit Co., Ltd.
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Hiroyuki Morisaki
Head of Web Sales & Marketing, Executive Officer
JTB Corp.
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Yoshiyuki Takano
Head of Travel & Mobility Business, Vice President, Commerce Company Executive Officer
Rakuten, Inc.
17:00 - 17:10
Tours & Activities: A Local Reboot

In a world gone local, how is Japan’s tours and activities industry faring and how is the largest player in the space responding? Will this period strengthen the local industry and operators or will things go back to the way they used to be? How will this period influence outbound travel patterns and change consumer behaviour, when Japanese travellers can travel again overseas?

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Wataru Futagi
President & CEO
VELTRA Corp.
17:10 - 17:40
The Next Gen of Hospitality in Japan

Things were already changing in Japan’s hospitality market pre-Covid and this period has certainly accelerated those changes. We gather a panel of new generation hoteliers who are creating new concepts and brands and taking bets on the future – whether it be fuelled by staycations, workations or a new demographic of travellers that will return to Japan when they can.

 

Moderator:

 

Aya Aso
Founder & CEO, Savvy Collective/
Co-founder, WiT Japan & North Asia

 

 

Panel:
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Asao Nakayama Wilson
Design Director
W Design International
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Tomoki Matsuyama
CEO
Onkochishin, Inc
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Hiro Kosugi
General Manager
Aloft Tokyo Ginza by Marriott
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Takeshi Asahara
Executive Director, Nagano Branch Manager
Satoyume Co., Ltd
17:40 - 18:00
Coffee Chat: Tom Nishihata, Managing Executive Officer, Innovation, Japan Airlines

A closing conversation to wrap up.

 

Interviewer:

 

Kei Shibata
Co-founder & CEO, LINE TRAVEL jp & Trip101/
Co-founder, WiT Japan & North Asia

 

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Tom Nishihata
Managing Executive Officer, Innovation
Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.
18:00
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*All times are shown in Japan Time (GMT+9). Programme correct at time of publication. Subject to change.