The Phocuswright Conference exists to gather company leaders on its Center Stage - but it also gives a showcase to startups and established brands with something new to share.
This year's event in Hollywood, Florida, is no exception.
The conference's focus on innovation is split into two elements: Summit and Launch.
Summit - The pinnacle of any young company seeking to showcase a new innovation to the travel industry. Summit takes place prime time on the main stage, in front of travel's most discerning audience.
Launch - Innovation isn’t just for startups - established companies are breaking new ground and developing new technologies. This is the stage for demonstrators changing the travel landscape within established companies.
Here is a roll-call of the companies showcasing at this year's event:
Flymya - How do you run an OTA in Myanmar? This company will discuss the challenges of operating in a unique economy.
Pack Up + Go - Plan a three-day trip around the United States with this travel agency. The catch? Your destination is a surprise!
Gamitee - This social solution for travel sites converts 5x better than the site baseline, translating to an increase of 10% in overall online sales.
Questo - Gamified walking tours can be played any time by solving clues in order to discover cities and stories.
OccasionGenius - The company's technology understands users, understands upcoming events, and matches users to events, working with B2B enterprise partners including hotels, universities and real estate agencies.
Beachy - This software solution integrates beach, pool and F&B operations, increasing revenue and delivering an unparalleled guest experience.
Pilota - The company uses machine learning to predict the risk of disruption associated with each flight, allowing TMCs to take proactive measures and allocate their operational resources accordingly.
Timeshifter - Jet lag is history! Explore how the latest sleep and circadian neuroscience can help travelers arrive at their best.
Exosonic - Exosonic is bringing supersonic transport back by muting the sonic boom! Hear how and meet the team behind this company.
flyiin - The Airline DirectConnect Platform enables retailers to build a differentiating flight booking experience.
Nannybag - Changing the way people travel.
Stasher - Explore how this platform was scaled for luggage storage globally, connecting travelers with local businesses.
Servantrip - Leading activities market consolidation for B2B, by providing the largest offer comparison powered with AI recommendation engine.
Airalo - Get pain-free travel and stay connected without changing SIM cards or renting a Wi-Fi device.
Fly Money - Helping travelers pay like locals: Aggregating and pre-ordering all local payment methods to use during vacations - mobile, cash and cards.
Setoo - Consumers expect a new insurance experience. e-businesses are empowered to turn insurance into products consumers love.
Bespoke - Bebot: The AI-powered multilingual concierge chatbot for hotels, airports, stations and cities.
SnapTravel - This consumer brand that has driven $100 million+ in hotel sales over messaging (SMS, Messenger, WhatsApp).
Mindsay - This leader in conversational AI for the travel industry builds AI-powered chatbots for major travel companies.
30SecondsToFly - Claire, the AI partner for large TMCs, offers traveler-centric conversational commerce for higher revenues and lower costs.
Travelstop - This is a modern SaaS platform that simplifies business travel and automates expense management for growth companies.
TroopTravel - 100 travelers. 15 origins. Where do we meet? See how to use Big Data to plan corporate meetings and events in minutes.
Apaleo - Hotel tech built for the future. This PMS takes an API-first approach, connecting all systems seamlessly.
Hotelmize - Increase hotel sales profit margins by utilizing advanced AI prediction algorithms and capital market trading strategies.
Mystifly - Hear how this disruptive travel product - C2 - enables OTAs and travel intermediaries to redefine their customer experience.
Kiwi.com - A virtual global supercarrier enables efficient pre-booked and on-demand trips from any A to B for customers and carriers.
Affirm - Using today’s technology to bring significant disruptive innovation to the financial industry, improving the lives of consumers by delivering simple, honest and transparent financial products.
Sift - Sift prevents fraud with industry-leading technology and expertise, an unrivaled global data network, and a commitment to building long-term partnerships with our customers.
Cover Genius - A single integration with XCover creates new revenue opportunities globally for the world's largest travel companies.
HotelRunner - Is digital transformation the biggest obstacle in front of the online revenue growth? Hear how sustainable and scalable supply acquisition, distribution and engagement drives incremental revenue growth.
Amadeus IT Group - Amadeus for Developers empowers innovators to build AI-driven travel solutions by offering open powerful ML predictive models.
Nezasa - Incremental selling of personalized trips: from static to live itineraries.
Travel Compositor - A new package engine with pre- and post-tour additional services; 5,000+ tours and 100+ weekly departures from 85+ providers worldwide.
Arrivalist - The company uses mobile location datasets to provide actionable insights on consumer behavior, competitive share, media effectiveness, and market trends.
AirDNA - Short-term rental data is the next generation of lodging analytics. Find out why it's something you can't afford to ignore.
Left Travel - One Degree helps property owners gain visibility by promoting their eco-friendly properties with the Sustainable Impact Score.
MagicStay - Several hundred thousand apartments worldwide can be booked for corporate stays directly in the SBT.
Finance and Startups at The Phocuswright Conference 2019
Hear from Altimeter Capital, Certares, RBC, Morgan Stanley, UBS and Deutsche Bank. Network with many others Founders Factory, Highgate Ventures, General Catalyst, Nomura Securities, Thayer Ventures, SIG and Cambon Partners.