K-TRAVEL TECH SUMMIT

In collaboration with Korea Tourism Organization
By invitation only – email registration@webintravel.com to RSVP
Programme correct at time of publishing
All times shown are in Korea Standard Time (UTC+9)
WED, NOV 1
08:00 - 09:00
Checking In
09:00 - 09:15
On A Welcoming Note
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Yong Hoseong
Director General, Tourism Industry Policy Bureau
Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism
09:15 - 09:35
Kick-off
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Yeoh Siew Hoon
Founder
WiT
09:35 - 10:05
Coffee Chat: Raising the OTA Tide in Korea

No one has followed more closely the evolution of Korea’s travel tech and startup scene than our first speaker. An early mover into online travel, he was among the first wave of K-Travel Tech professionals who took lessons from abroad to apply to his own business, and was instrumental in bringing the WiT conference to Seoul. We take lessons and insights in this opening session.
 

Interviewer:

 

Yeoh Siew Hoon
Founder
WiT

 
 

Speaker:
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Min Yoon
CEO & Founder
TIDESQUARE
10:05 - 10:40
Trends & Opportunities in the Travel Startup Scene

We look at the latest trends unfolding in the travel startup ecosystem in general, and unearth the opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs, by speaking to experts in the travel tech investment landscape.
 

Moderator:

 

Yeoh Siew Hoon
Founder
WiT

 
 

Panel:
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Nicholas Cocks
Founder & Managing Partner
Velocity Ventures
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Timothy Hughes
Vice President, Corporate Development
Agoda
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Hyuck-Tae Kwon
Founder & CEO
Auburndale Ventures
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Stella Yoh
Principal, South Korea
SOSV & Orbit Startups
10:40 - 11:00
Calling All Digital Nomads

How much digital firepower does it take to keep a country’s tourism sector thriving? We chat with the Head of Digital Tourism at the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) about its online outreach programs, identifying new traveller demands and demographics, and DE Rantau, a digital nomad programme aimed at making Malaysia a
digital nomad hub in the region.
 

Interviewer:

 

Arvindh Yuvaraj
Content Lead
WiT

 
 

Speaker:
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Arifah Sharifuddin
Head of Digital Tourism
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
11:00 - 11:30
Coffee Break
11:30 - 11:50
Coffee Chat: Going Global with Yanolja

 

Interviewer:

 

Yeoh Siew Hoon
Founder
WiT

 
 

Speaker:
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Jungyun Kim
CSO
Yanolja
11:50 - 12:20
Scale Up: The Korean Startups On The Growth Path

From seed to scale, these local startups have proven they have what it takes to get to the next stage of growth. What’s their plan for scale, what are the challenges and opportunities that await each of these local entrepreneurs?
 

Moderator:

 

Min Yoon
CEO & Founder
TIDESQUARE

 
 

Panel:
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Kevin Hyunseok Oh
CEO
Onda
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Sookwon Kim
Founder & CEO
Tripstore
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Jiha Jung
Founder & CEO
Tripbtoz
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Benny Lee
Founder & CEO
STAYFOLIO
12:20 - 12:30
State of Mobility in South Korea

The Mobility As a Service (MaaS) market, valued at US$3.3b in 2021, is poised to grow to US$53.81b by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 32.2% over the forecast period of 2023-2030, according to ResearchAndMarkets.com. What does the market look like in South Korea?

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Hyewon Cho
Business Part Leader, Travel & Global Team
KakaoMobility
12:30 - 13:00
Lessons From Fellow Startups in Asia

The local context may be different but there are common lessons to be learned from fellow startups. Here, we cast the net to embrace the stories from the region and find out what each of them has had to go through to get to where they are now, and where they are headed.
 

Moderator:

 

Yeoh Siew Hoon
Founder
WiT

 
 

Panel:
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Chan Chee Chong
CEO & Co-founder
GlobalTix
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Joseph Ling
CEO & Founder
Vouch
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Yuwei Chang
Product Director, Overseas Markets
Fontrip, Taiwan
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Blanca Menchaca
CEO & Co-founder
BeMyGuest
13:00 - 14:00
Lunch
14:00 - 14:20
Spotlight Startup, presented by Korea Tourism Organization
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Anupong Kriangkrailipikorn
CEO & Founder
Traveligo
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Taro Amornched
CEO & Co-founder
TakeMeTour
14:20 - 15:05
Startup Showcase, presented by Korea Tourism Organization

We put the spotlight on startups, curated by the KTO. Each will have 5 minutes to pitch, followed by a 3-min Q&A with our dragons. You get to vote for your People’s Choice.
 

Facilitator:

 

Sunny Chang
Director of Global Business Development
TIDESQUARE

 
 

Startups:

 

Kenneth Lee
Co-founder & CPO
FreeD Group

 
 

Heejae Jeong
COO & Co-founder
Hanseek

 
 

Joonhyung Cho
CEO
MYRO

 
 

Hyojeong Kim
CEO/Founder
NomadHer

 
 

Myoungbee Sung
Strategy Manager
Wemeet Mobility Inc

 
 

Dragons:
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Nicholas Cocks
Founder & Managing Partner
Velocity Ventures
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Timothy Hughes
Vice President, Corporate Development
Agoda
Startup Showcase, presented by Korea Tourism Organization image
Blanca Menchaca
CEO & Co-founder
BeMyGuest
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Hyuck-Tae Kwon
Founder & CEO
Auburndale Ventures
15:05 - 15:25
Startups & Their Role in Reviving Local Economies

Meet a panel of local startups who have all played a key role in helping to revive local neighborhoods and economies in South Korea. Learn about their motivations and challenges and how their success could offer key insight for other entrepreneurial startups to get involved. 
 

Moderator:

 

Hyuck-Tae Kwon
Founder & CEO
Auburndale Ventures

 
 

Panel:
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Kwon Osang
Founder & CEO
Puzzle Lab
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Jang Jae Young
Founder & CEO
HIPCAL inc.
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Seol Jae Woo
Founder & CEO
Smalldays Inc.
15:25 - 15:35
Content Creation In The Age of Generative AI

More than anything else, generative AI is promising to transform content creation, and make it easier for travel brands to tell stories to inspire customers. Here, a case study of how one brand is doing it.

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Hwaran Lee
Lead of Language Research Team
NAVER AI Lab
15:35 - 16:05
Coffee Break
16:05 - 16:30
The Indie Creators and Community Builders

Experience is the new currency and surveys have shown that travellers are willing to pay for curated, authentic experiences. We meet a handpicked collection of independent, creative travel businesses made with love, fueled by passion and driven with purpose.
 

Moderator:

 

Hyunsoo Cho
Co-founder & CEO
DAYOFFCOMPANY

 
 

Panel:
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Seo Yeon Oh
CEO
Amuse Travel
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Kim Eun Young
CEO
Farmpartia
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Byeongkwan Jo
Co-CEO
TRAVELHOLIC
16:30 - 17:00
MyRealTrip: From Startup to Scaleup

Every startup ecosystem needs its role models and this is one entrepreneur who stands out. MyRealTrip, which started life as a tours and activities platform for South Korean travellers has since grown into a full-fledged OTA, complete with a physical store. What are the lessons we can learn from his journey?
 

Interviewer:

 

Yeoh Siew Hoon
Founder
WiT

 
 

Speaker:
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Donggun Lee
CEO & Founder
MyRealTrip
17:00 - 18:30
Cocktails sponsored by Korea Tourism Organization
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Programme correct at time of publishing
All times shown are in Korea Standard Time (UTC+9)