NEW YORK, Aug. 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Virtuoso®the main international community specializing in luxurious and experiential journey, is internet hosting its first-ever Travel Tech Summit, going down August 14th at ARIA Resort & Casino from 10:00am to 1:00 pm, throughout its Virtuoso Travel Week occasion. The summit will include three distinct elements: a Big Ideas Session that includes a number of audio system addressing tech methods which can be driving the trade ahead; a VC Panel targeted on the improvements and longer-term alternatives that buyers are looking for and funding; and a Startup Showcase that includes firms which can be addressing obstacles the journey trade is at present going through. Led by tech entrepreneur and investor, in addition to Virtuoso board member, Gilad Berensteinwith Virtuoso Senior Vice President, Digital & Consumer Products Travis McElfresh among the many Big Idea audio system, Virtuoso is placing expertise on center-stage to assist its long-held perception that its community is greatest served by having a alternative in the case of tech options.

“Innovating and pushing boundaries is one thing Virtuoso has at all times embraced,” says Virtuoso Chairman and CEO Matthew D. Upchurch. “Our Incubator program helped launch a number of the journey tech gamers which can be core to our enterprise immediately. This Travel Tech Summit is simply our subsequent step in furthering innovation and guaranteeing that journey expertise advantages our companies, advisors and the companions who work with us. We consider in fostering expertise that enhances the worth of human connection. As I’ve been saying for greater than 20 years, automate the predictable so as to humanize the distinctive.”

The summit will start with a large, macro view and undergo phases that ultimately slender all the way down to the grassroots degree. Berenstein will kick off the classes with a broad overview addressing 5 key themes: the optimization of all the things; financialization of journey and the way it results in higher client experiences; the function of creators and influencers; aggregation and tremendous apps; and rising applied sciences targeted on the Metaverse and Web3. This opening presentation teas up the 4 Big Ideas audio system, who will dive deeper into every class. Next, the enterprise capitalist panel will weigh in with their perspective as buyers. Finally, the Startup Showcase will characteristic 5 new firms which can be creating options to ease journey trade pain-points and are demonstrating real-world software.

“After attending so many trade occasions, each open and closed, it appeared to me there was no house for innovators targeted on luxurious journey and the advisor/company mannequin,” mentioned Berenstein. “The objective of this summit is to deliver collectively a number of the high minds within the trade, from the biggest innovators, to these funding improvement, to the entrepreneurs and start-ups bringing these visions to life.”

Speakers for every session observe.

Big Ideas

  • Khalid Meniri – CEO and Founder, Selfbook
  • Ethan Hawkes Head of Strategic Partnerships, Hopper
  • Karen Bolda Senior Vice President of Partner Products, Expedia Group
  • Travis McElfresh Senior Vice President of Product, Virtuoso

VC Panel

  • Gaurav Tuli Managing Director, F-Prime Capital Partners
  • Chris Hemmeter – Managing Director, Thayer Ventures
  • Chantal Noble Haldorsen Early Stage VC Lead, Certares
  • Cara Whitehill – Founder and Managing Director, Unlock Advisors

Startup Showcase

  • Grace McBride Founder and CEO, Lucia
  • Gary Kohn Co-Founder, Luxury Travel Hackers
  • Alex Jara – CEO, Deal Engine
  • West Askew – Founder and CEO, Thatch
  • Irving Betesh – CEO and Co-Founder, Sion

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About Virtuoso

Virtuoso® is the main international journey company community specializing in luxurious and experiential journey. This by-invitation-only group contains over 1,200 journey company places with 20,000 journey advisors in 50 nations all through North America, Latin Americathe Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Drawing upon its most well-liked relationships with greater than 2,200 of the world’s greatest lodges and resorts, cruise strains, airways, tour firms and premier locations, the community gives its unique clientele with facilities, uncommon experiences and privileged entry. Normalized annual gross sales of (US) $25$30 billion make Virtuoso a powerhouse within the luxurious journey trade. For extra data, go to

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