We talk about macro level trends, companies, technologies and people driving growth in travel
- Juanjo RodriguezFor this week's podcast, I spoke to Juanjo Rodriguez, the CEO of The Hotels Network, a company delivering a hotel tech ecosystem that increases conversions.The company grew from five to 50 in three and a half years, with a core tech team in Barcelona and a second office in San Francisco, plus people on the ground in Bangkok, Singapore, Mumbai, Mexico, Montevideo, Bogota. He and I discussed building a company, from just an idea:
- Content + collaboration = success, with Deyor Camps CEO Chirag GuptaIf you look at the Indian travel market, you have companies like Make My Trip, which is an online travel agency for budget hotels and OYO that is doing in a fantastic job in India and now China, but within the travel space - which is now so streamlined by these bigger companies - there is a fragmented niche within the industry: experiential and adventure travel.
- How tennis and tenacity helped to build the MICE industry's biggest playerI caught up with Bharet Malhotra, senior vice president of sales at Cvent - and one of the company's founding members - for this week's podcast. We discussed building and selling an industry-leading platform for cloud-based event registration software and his role in the hospitality cloud business at Cvent.
- "Search and compare is in Homo sapiens' DNA": Sebastien Gibergues, AmadeusWe take for granted radio the ability to purchase flights online and the user experience that comes with it, and we've been doing this for 20 years from desktop now to mobile. But there are many new channels coming up and also lot of pressure and changes are coming from the supply side that really will force a paradigm shift when it comes to flight retailing.
- Creating Arival, the event for the fastest-growing segment in travel - with Douglas QuinbyDouglas Quinby, the co-founder and CEO of the Arival event, joins us this week to talk about the rise of the tours and activities space as well as his plan to grow the Arrival Event as a platform to support suppliers around the world.
- Brand USA - Story telling and content at scale with Tom GarzilliBrand USA has taken destination marketing and demand generation to new levels. In this episode we talk to Tom Garzilli, CMO of Brand USA, about the UK launch of a giant screen feature film they have produced entitled America's Musical Journey
- Purchasing behaviour of Chinese travellers with Larry You, WestwinWestwin published a fantastic data set on Chinese consumer cross-border purchasing behavior including 15 pages of travel specific data. We speak to Larry You of Westin to step through this report providing insight into an important growth areas for the global travel industry.
- How to – and how not to – use OTAs as partners with Dan Lynn, ZuzuDan Lynn is the co-founder ZUZU Hospitality Solutions, a distribution and revenue management company for small independent hotels. Two years ago he started ZUZU – because he felt that “hoteliers were getting increasingly overwhelmed with the complexity of working with online travel platforms”. In preparation for his talk at TD’s GM Executive Summit, we caught up to chat for this week’s TD Podcast.
- The Asian Century with Graham BrownIn the first of a weekly series of podcasts by TD’s CEO Brett Henry and a special guest, we talk about the startling statistic that, by 2030, it is forecast that two-thirds of the global middle class will be living in Asia. In contrast, North America and Europe will only account for a fifth of the world’s middle class population. In the next 10 years, the number of middle income earners will balloon five times up to 3.2 billion and will be the biggest group of consumers that companies should take notice. Some of the important factors of the rising of the middle class, according to Graham Brown, are, increasing wages, experiential travel, local inbound markets – an industry run by Asians for Asians.