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Featured Speakers

Our speaker lineup keeps growing! Check back frequently to see the latest additions.

Rachit Uppal

Head of Industry (India & South Asia),
Twitter

Raj Sivakumar

Senior Vice President - Network & Revenue Management,
Jet Airways

Nitin Sethi

Vice President - Digital,
Indigo Airlines

Joerg Esser

Ex-Group Director,
Thomas Cook Group

Mahendra Vakharia

President,
OTOAI

Hemant Mediratta

Senior Vice President - Sales,
Oberoi Hotels & Resorts

Salim Khan

Chief Security Officer (Specialist) - India,
Emirates

Ankush Nijhawan

MD,
Travel Boutique Online

Rajkumar Paranthaman

Head of Marketing - India,
AirAsia

Saurav Chakraborty

Industry Lead - Travel,
Facebook

Surabhi Mishra

Client Solution Manager – Travel,
Facebook India

Daksh Sharma

Managing Partner,
TravHQ

Abhijit Mishra

Director, India & Middle East,
Kayak

Sesh Seshadri

General Manager,
Lonely Planet India

Chitra Gurnani

Co-founder & CEO,
Thrillophilia.com

Vijay Nair

AVP,
National Geographic Expeditions

Bhawna Grover

Head of Content,
GoIbibo

Ruchi Lahoti

Area Manager - India,
Booking.com

Naveen Perla

COO,
JetSetGo

Aditya Bhat

Head,
Jio Studios

Vikram Ahuja

Founder,
Byond Travel

Varun Vagish

Leading Travel Influencer,
YouTube.com/MountainTrekker

Chetan Kapoor

Research Analyst - Asia-Pacific,
Phocuswright Inc.

Gauri Jayaram

Founder,
Active Holiday Company

Michael Lyngdoh

Co-Founder,
Tripoto

Nisha B.

Founder,
Elevated Consultancy Singapore

Joseph Xia

Founder & CEO,
Yearth Group

Ajay Awtaney

Founder & Editor,
LiveFromALounge.com

Abraham Alapatt

President & Group Head - Marketing,
Thomas Cook India

Priyanka Chandola

Youtuber & Travel Vlogger,
www.youtube.com/desigirltraveller

Daniel Cheng

Founder & President,
RTM - Redefine Tourism Mixer

Todor Gerovski

COO,
15toGO

Karan Anand

Head – Relationships and Supplier Management,
Cox & Kings

Hitesh Rajwani

CEO,
Social Samosa

Sharanya Iyer

Travel Influencer,
www.trulynomadly.com

Girish Singh

Head of Marketing APAC,
Uber for Business

OTM Forum Agenda 2019

Date and Time
1:00 PM (30 minutes)
At the Tech-Stage, OTM 2019, BEC Goregaon
How Millenials will Travel in 2019
With Millennials/Generation Y expected to soon surpass Boomers in overall travel spending, hotels, booking sites and destination marketing organizations (DMOs) are retooling their product, branding, business models and communication methods. However, many established players in the travel and hospitality industries are simply applying cosmetic changes to outdated methodologies. This is due to an under-appreciation of the magnitude of changes looming in the future, and a lack of true understanding about the root factors underpinning the motivations of Millennial travelers. Hear from experts on what millenials are going to look for in 2019.
Moderator

Daksh Sharma

Managing Partner,
TravHQ

Panelists

Naveen Perla

COO,
JetSetGo

Ruchi Lahoti

Area Manager - India,
Booking.com

Todor Gerovski

COO,
15toGO

Date and Time
02:00 PM (30 minutes)
At the Tech-Stage, OTM 2019, BEC Goregaon
Masterclass - Creative and Strategic Engagement with your Target Audience in a Travel Trade Show
From showcasing your creativity in building your brand awareness, exhibiting at a travel trade show could be the next big move for your travel company. Travel Trade Shows are a beneficial event marketing tool that allows you to show off your product or service, leverage your competition and engage with your audience. Nothing elevates your brand more than creating a platform to truly engage with potential consumers face to face. Learn from Nisha on how to proven methods and tips for tradeshow success, focussed on travel brands.
By

Nisha B.

Founder,
Elevated Consultancy Singapore

Nisha is a tourism practitioner, consultant, lecturer and corporate trainer with more than 20 years extensive management experience in the Tourism and Hospitality industry. She is currently involved in regional consultancy work in the area of tourism and hospitality development in Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Vietnam and Malaysia. She has provided marketing and management consul to destination marketing teams to develop long term strategic plans in light of the global changes and challenges. Nisha has also been engaged in capacity planning and development of tourism workforce to enhance the quality of service provision to emerging tourism markets.

Date and Time
2:45 PM (45 minutes)
At the Tech-Stage, OTM 2019, BEC Goregaon
The Rise of Experiential Travel - Hear from leaders on opportunities and trends
Indian travellers are now younger and more adventurous, and are looking for more than just a by-the-book tour. A paradigm shift in their expectations is leading to the rise of immersive travel in India. Panelists handpicked from the top companies in this space will share their unique perspectives on the road ahead for experiential tourism.
Moderator

Nisha B.

Founder,
Elevated Consultancy Singapore

Panelists

Vijay Nair

AVP,
National Geographic Expeditions

Aditya Bhat

Head,
Jio Studios

Vikram Ahuja

Founder,
Byond Travel

Gauri Jayaram

Founder,
Active Holiday Company

Date and Time
3:30 PM (30 minutes)
At the Tech-Stage, OTM 2019, BEC Goregaon
Re-envisioning the future of hotel distribution - discussing innovation and disruption in the hotel distribution marketplace
Industry giants and rising disruptors in the hotel distribution industry will debate how they are preparing to co-exist. They will discuss how they plan to prepare for the shift in the market and what has changed for the industry in terms of what customers want, and who the customer even is.
Moderator

Joerg Esser

Ex-Group Director,
Thomas Cook Group

Panelists

Ankush Nijhawan

MD,
Travel Boutique Online

Karan Anand

Head – Relationships and Supplier Management,
Cox & Kings

Joseph Xia

Founder,
Yearth Group

Hemant Mediratta

Senior Vice President - Sales,
Oberoi Hotels & Resorts

Date and Time
4:40 PM (30 minutes)
At the Tech-Stage, OTM 2019, BEC Goregaon
Decoding use-cases for AR/VR in Travel
Augmented and Virtual Reality is moving from a dream to an actual reality in the travel industry, as a variety of agents, hotel chains and airlines experiment with new immersive experiences to inspire and persuade potential travelers. But even as consumers and marketers get excited, many are asking if VR is just the latest form of marketing hype or a legitimate business tool. What best practices are emerging to guide successful VR campaigns, and how are travel marketers approaching the technology as interest grows?
Moderator

Daksh Sharma

Managing Partner,
TravHQ

Aditya Bhat

Head,
Jio Studios

Vikram Ahuja

Founder,
Byond Travel

5:20 PM (30 minutes)
At the Tech-Stage, OTM 2019, BEC Goregaon
Presentation by Jio Studios
By
Date and Time
12:30 PM (30 minutes)
At the Tech-Stage, OTM 2019, BEC Goregaon
Influencer Marketing and its Role in the Travel Path-to-Purchase
Influencers are still getting a chunk of some travel brands’ marketing budgets, but the amount of pull they have over travelers’ trip decisions is questionable. As the form matures, influencers and brands are still figuring out the rules of the road. Leading experts discuss what lies ahead for both sides - marketers and influencers.
Moderator

Hitesh Rajwani

CEO,
Social Samosa

Panelists

Varun Vagish

Leading Travel Influencer,
YouTube.com/MountainTrekker

Ajay Awtaney

Founder & Editor
LiveFromALounge.com

Priyanka Chandola

Youtuber & Travel Vlogger,
DesiGirl Traveller

Sharanya Iyer

Travel Influencer,
www.trulynomadly.com

Date and Time
1:10 PM (45 minutes)
At the Tech-Stage, OTM 2019, BEC Goregaon
The Future of Travel Content Marketing - A Panel Discussion
If content marketing is all about storytelling, then “travel” should be about the easiest vertical to storytell around. That is, unless, you have every other destination, hotel, and airline telling the same story. Content may still be king, but context is definitely the queen. Watch industry stalwarts discuss the content strategies that will gain traction with travel brands in 2019.
Moderator

Daksh Sharma

Managing Partner,
TravHQ

Panelists

Sesh Seshadri

General Manager,
Lonely Planet India

Abraham Alapatt

President & Group Head - Marketing,
Thomas Cook India

Bhawna Grover

Head of Content,
GoIbibo

Michael Lyngdoh

Co-Founder,
Tripoto

Date and Time
2:00 PM (45 minutes)
At the Tech-Stage, OTM 2019, BEC Goregaon
Masterclass - Strategic Partnerships in Travel - Trends, Impact, and How To Go About It
Still, one of the most common questions travel consultants get is “How do I find a strategic partner for my travel business?” Meaningful partnerships are the foundation for success. Partnerships are what enable many travel companies to grow. By sharing with others, hotel companies, airlines, cruise lines, destinations and car rental companies can direct resources and capabilities to revenue improvement projects and growth ambitions. In this masterclass, Joerg shares his experiences running and advising the world's biggest travel companies and their strategic partnership efforts.
By

Joerg Esser

Ex-Group Director,
Thomas Cook Group

Jörg has international experience in performance and transformation management for multichannel and digital businesses. From various executive leadership roles in the travel industry, he is attuned to what makes the difference for running and transforming those businesses with operational line-responsibility. A physicist and computer scientist by education, Joerg has a deep passion for delivering bottom line impact by simplifying business models and bringing analytics into organizations. He holds a doctoral degree in Theoretical and Computational Physics and has worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Santa Fe Institute, and Xerox PARC.

Date and Time
2:00 PM (90 minutes)
At International Lounge - 1st Floor,
OTM 2019, BEC Goregaon
Workshop on Digital Marketing for Travel Companies
This workshop is tailored for travel agents, international tour operators, DMCs, hoteliers and other travel service providers based in India. Learn to harness the powerful marketing tools for travel businesses of every size. Master digital marketing from the makers. Whether you’re looking to expand your digital marketing skills, grow your business, or boost your career, Facebook’s Digital Marketing Workshop for Travel Companies at OTM will help you get there.

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Panelists

Saurav Chakraborty

Industry Manager (Travel),
Facebook India

Surabhi Mishra

Client Solution Manager – Travel,
Facebook India

Date and Time
3:00 PM (45 minutes)
At the Tech-Stage, OTM 2019, BEC Goregaon
Opportunities in Indian aviation - Making it big in the world’s most challenging aviation market
India’s airlines punch far below their weight in the intercontinental arena. Join the discussion on how the Indian airlines are adapting to complexities brought on by rising fuel prices, a falling rupee and bloody fare wars on short-haul routes. Industry leaders will discuss how to unlock India’s long-haul market - growing rapidly from a small base, with enormous long-term potential.
Moderator

Chetan Kapoor

Research Analyst - Asia-Pacific,
Phocuswright Inc.

Panelists

Rajkumar Paranthaman

Head of Marketing - India,
AirAsia

Raj Sivakumar

Senior Vice President - Network & Revenue Management,
Jet Airways

Nitin Sethi

Vice President - Digital,
Indigo (InterGlobe Aviation)

Salim Khan

Chief Security Officer (Specialist) - India,
Emirates

Date and Time
04:00 PM (40 minutes)
At the Tech-Stage, OTM 2019, BEC Goregaon
Masterclass - User Generated Content (UGC) and the Future of Content Marketing

Like it or not, Reviews & Ratings can make or break your brand’s image. In fact, it is seen that more than 85% online travellers look at reviews to make a buying decision. This data is a clear sign that more and more travellers are moving away from digital ads and looking out for content they can trust. This is where the role of UGC comes in. And since travel is all about creating memories, visual UGC (pictures & videos) plays the catalyst here. However, the important thing to know is, while there is UGC all around us, how to we leverage it to drive revenue for our companies? In this masterclass, Bhawna will share insights on why it’s important to invest in UGC and the humungous impact it has on the buying decision of travellers!
By

Bhawna Grover

Head of Content,
GoIbibo

Date and Time
4:45 PM (30 minutes)
At the Tech-Stage, OTM 2019, BEC Goregaon
Digital Marketing and Social Media in Travel: Hear from the Giants
The travel industry has officially entered the era of “omnichannel” marketing, a time when every screen, every device, and every customer interaction is an opportunity to connect with travelers. In order to take advantage, travel organizations will need to rethink how they design, execute, and measure marketing campaigns. Hear from industry giants on how travel brands can innovate to maximise marketing effectiveness.
Moderator

Daksh Sharma

Managing Partner,
TravHQ

Panelists

Rachit Uppal

Head of Industry (India & South Asia),
Twitter

Saurav Chakraborty

Industry Manager (Travel),
Facebook India

Abhijit Mishra

Director, India & Middle East,
Kayak

Girish Singh

Head of Marketing APAC,
Uber for Business

Date and Time
5:30 PM (30 minutes)
At the Tech-Stage, OTM 2019, BEC Goregaon
State of Travel Startups in Taiwan and Greater China
By

Daniel Cheng

Founder & President,
RTM - Redefine Tourism Mixer

The Founder and President of RTM Association (Redefine Tourism Mixer), the biggest community of travel start-ups and tourism tech entrepreneurs in Taiwan. Used to work in Hong Kong MICE industry and Hawaii Tourism Authority, experienced in cross-border travel marketing, B2B partnership management, event curating, media and PR. RTM was founded in 2014, numerous seminars and forums were organized for start-up companies’ demonstration and incubation, advocating new tech innovation on government policies, as well as operational know-how education including young talent development programs. Joined by over 200 industrial consultants, RTM aims at becoming the most influential tourism association in Taiwan, devoting to the long-term destination branding for the island.

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