WiT Virtual Summit: Unite

Around The World In 6 Hours

PROGRAMME
2020-06-24
16:30 - 17:00
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17:00 - 17:10
Let’s Dance To A Different Beat

The times, they’re no longer the same. It’s time for us to dance to a different beat. What is the new rhythm we have to find to get travel moving again?

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Yeoh Siew Hoon
Founder
WiT
17:10 - 17:30
Asia Groove: Finding The Different Rhythms Within

Anyone who’s worked in Asia knows how different and fragmented the markets are and Covid-19 certainly showed this up. Just as different markets went into it at different times, they are also emerging at different times. One provides lessons for the others. China is clearly setting the pace for recovery for North Asia. In South-east Asia, it’s a bit more complex. We speak to someone who’s got a good overview and understanding of the Asia groove, who’s seen the fall and rise of the past three months, and get her views on how it all connects for travel recovery in the region – from hospitality to food & beverage, loyalty and startups.

 

 

Interviewer:

Yeoh Siew Hoon
Founder
WiT

 

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Louise Daley
Deputy CEO, APAC
Accor
17:30 - 17:50
“Game Of Thrones” Was A Walk In The Park: Inside Agoda

When he spoke at WiT Singapore last October, he quipped about how online travel was as bloody and competitive as the George RR Martin-inspired TV series. Well, some would say Covid-19 is GOT-meet-Walking Dead-meet-Contagion. How has one of Asia’s largest OTAs withstood the carnage? And what is it doing to pick itself up and get back on the recovery trail? You heard it here first.

 

Interviewer:

Yeoh Siew Hoon
Founder
WiT

 

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John Brown
CEO
Agoda
17:50 - 18:20
Letters From Around The World, Part 1

We kick off our series of letters from our “correspondents” from different corners of the world. In 10-minute missives, they will give you updates on their markets through their unique lens.

 

Letter From Australia: Rod Cuthbert, Board Member, VELTRA Corp; Former Chairman & CEO, Viator & Rome2rio

Letter From Hong Kong: Dr. Jennifer Cronin, President, Wharf Hotels

Letter From Singapore: Keith Tan, CEO, Singapore Tourism Board

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Keith Tan
CEO
Singapore Tourism Board
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Rod Cuthbert
Board Member, VELTRA Corp; Former Chairman & CEO, Viator & Rome2rio
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Dr. Jennifer Cronin
President
Wharf Hotels
18:20 - 18:35
Face-Off: Inside The Investors’ Ring of Fire

In this rapid-fire format, two investors with a keen eye on tech and travel shoot questions at each other to get to the bottom of how Covid-19 has coloured the investment landscape, and what the future will look like for the flow of money.

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Fritz Demopoulos
CEO
Queen's Road Capital
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William Bao-Bean
General Partner, SOSV;
Managing Director, Chinaccelerator
18:35 - 18:55
Home Is Where The Heart Is, For Now: The Story of Klook

Most of us may not be able to fly yet, but at least we can still do stuff at home or travel nearby. That has been the silver lining companies such as Klook which is all about things to do in places. Learn how this startup, fighting the brawl of its young life, turned its attention towards home and local experiences to stay alive. But is it enough?

 

Interviewer:

Yeoh Siew Hoon
Founder
WiT

 

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Eric Gnock Fah
Co-founder & COO
Klook
18:55 - 19:30
Break@Home – We Will Be Back in 30 minutes to continue our journey around the world
19:30 - 19:35
Warm up
19:35 - 20:00
The Beginning of the Beginning of Post-Covid: A North Asian story

We visit Japan and South Korea, two of Asia’s big outbound and domestic markets, to get an update on how travel industry players have managed to ride on the coat-tails of recovery and how they see Covid-19 changing the face of their markets.

 

Moderator:

Timothy Hughes
Vice President, Corporate Development
Agoda

 

 

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Kei Shibata
Co-founder & CEO
LINE TRAVEL.jp & Trip101
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Min Yoon
CEO
Tidesquare
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Jong Yoon Kim
CEO, Online Business & Corporate Strategy
Yanolja
20:00 - 20:20
Mother India, As She Awakens

With the world’s second largest population, it is hard to imagine a country such as India in lockdown. But locked down, it did. And on May 25, domestic flights started after a two-month hiatus. What’s it been like in the trenches for India’s largest OTA, MakeMyTrip? We catch up with its Founder & Group Executive Chairman to get the story firsthand.

 

Interviewer:

Yeoh Siew Hoon
Founder
WiT

 

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Deep Kalra
Founder & Group Executive Chairman
MakeMyTrip
20:20 - 20:50
Letters From Around The World, Part 2

The second instalment of letters from our “correspondents” as they share their missives in 10 minutes each.

 

Letter From South Africa: Stephan Ekbergh, CEO,  Travelstart 

Letter From The Middle East: Ross Veitch, CEO & Co-founder, Wego 

Letter From Saudi Arabia: Muzzammil Al-Hussain, Executive Vice President, Consumer Travel, Seera Group

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Stephan Ekbergh
CEO
Travelstart
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Ross Veitch
CEO & Co-founder
Wego
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Muzzammil Ahussain
Executive Vice President, Consumer Travel
Seera Group
20:50 - 21:00
Letter from Paris: Pierre-Charles Grob, CEO, D-EDGE Hospitality Solutions

This letter will be delivered in the form of an interview wrapped around philosophy and love.

 

Interviewer:

Yeoh Siew Hoon
Founder
WiT

 

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Pierre-Charles Grob
CEO
D-EDGE Hospitality Solutions
21:05 - 21:25
In The Big Chair with PhocusWire

From Paris, we hop over to London to catch up with our colleague Kevin May, editor-in-chief, of PhocusWire, who will have in The Big Chair, one of the leading thinkers in the investment world whose interests span genetic testing, Internet of Things, fintech and travel.

 

Interviewer:

Kevin May
Editor in Chief
PhocusWire

 

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Andrea Traversone
Partner
Amadeus Capital Partners
21:25 - 21:35
Letter from Latin America: A superapp’s ambitions for travel

From Europe, we fly to Bogota, Colombia, where we catch up with Latin America’s superapp, Rappi, to find out its plans for travel. Rappi, launched five years ago, reached unicorn status when it raised $1 billion in 2018, backed by names such as Softbank and Sequoia. It started as a delivery service but now looks more like China’s WeChat, combining a messenger service, social media, online shopping and payment, with more than 4.2 weekly app openings per active user.

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Guido Becher
Head of Travel Vertical
Rappi
21:35 - 21:55
The Breakfast Show In North America

From Vancouver, we journey south towards the US West Coast where we hand over the “unity” baton to our sister brand, Phocuswright, just in time for a breakfast conversation.

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Melissa Maher
Chief Inclusion Officer & Senior Vice President
Expedia Group
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Charuta Fadnis
Senior Vice President, Research & Product Strategy
Phocuswright
21:55 - 22:15
The WiT Great Debate

No WiT is complete without its signature debate. We gather our loyal and passionate debators for this final destination of our around-the-world event.

 

The Proposition: Nothing will change. When it’s all over, we’ll be travelling just the way we used to.

 

There are many commentators predicting that the Covid-19 Pandemic will force dramatic changes to the way people travel and make their buying decisions, and travel companies who survive the lockdown will have to make the right bet on this question. Then there are those who say nothing will changed, people’s memories are short and when things recover, we will go back to normal behavior because, as author Yuval Noah Harari states, no crisis has ever changed human behavior.

 

We pit two teams of industry figures against each other in this WiT signature debate. You decide who wins.

 

For:

 

Timothy Hughes, Vice President, Corporate Development, Agoda

Paulina Klotzbucher, Group Chief Commercial Officer, Travelstart

Chan Chee Chong, CEO & Co-founder, GlobalTix

 

Against:

 

Timothy O’Neil-Dunne, Principal, 777 Partners

Shyn Yee Ho-Strangas, Director, Product Management (Conversations Platform), Expedia Group

Emilie Couton, Vice President, Digital Marketing APAC, Accor

 

Adjudicator:

 

Louise Daley, Deputy CEO APAC, Accor

22:15
Wrap Up and Closing Party: Unite One with DJ Aldrin

For those in the Asia time zone or any time zone – remember, we are all in the same boat – join us for our closing party hosted by Singapore’s top DJ, One with Aldrin.

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All times are in SG (GMT +8)