The Young Leaders Summit

at Phocuswight Europe 2018

Are you a rising star in travel?
Apply now (deadline is 30 March)

Are you 35 or under and a star at your company? Are you leading innovation and change in the travel industry?

We created the Young Leaders Summit to recognize the brilliant, young minds shaping the future of the travel industry. Thirty five young leaders under the age of the 35 will be chosen to form the 2018 European Class of 35.

The Summit is an interactive and networking-focused program that features guest speakers, a private cocktail hour and private lunch with the opportunity to get close with some fantastic mentors.

We want the young professionals attending Phocuswright Europe to meet other rising stars in the industry to create a community that fosters innovation, growth and collaboration.

Plus, we know that attending a big travel conference can be a bit daunting, so creating this community allows this younger cohort to meet attendees and Phocuswright staff before the start of the event, which will propel the networking value as an attendee.

Scroll down for 2018 program, guest speakers and eligibility criteria.

Register for Phocuswright Europe here.

The Benefits of Being Selected for The Young Leaders Summit

We emphasize:

  • Executive management development among the region's rising stars in travel, tourism and hospitality
  • The important role young leadership plays in the future growth of the world's largest industry

A select group of young leaders interacts with the industry's best and brightest. Participation exposes this group to today's travel luminaries as a critical step to becoming the future leaders who will drive strategy, innovation and growth.

Acceptance into this elite program provides access to interactive sessions with successful industry executives, group discussions and more before the conference even begins. During the conference, the group will gather at private lunches for discussion of the day’s sessions and an additional mentor segment. Create a network of people that understand where you are in your career – the struggles to overcome and the successes you’re striving for.

2018 General Program Information

Tuesday, 15 May - 14:30 to 17:30h

Kick-Off and Interactive Session
The Young Leaders Summit convenes for the first time. Get to know your fellow stars during an interactive session Tuesday afternoon (after lunch, lunch not included). This is the day before the conference begins.

Late Night Cocktail Reception - 20:00 to 21:00h
Cocktails are served! Take a break from business (or not) and enjoy a few drinks with your newfound friends and Young Leaders Summit alumni from across the industry.

Thursday, 17 May - 13:30 to 14:30h

Private Lunch
Enjoy lunch with your fellow Young Leaders. Industry leaders join the group and share their experiences as they climbed the so-called corporate ladder.


Siew Hoon Yeoh
Founder, WIT and Editorial Director
Northstar Travel Group Asia

Joeren Merchiers
Managing Director, EMEA

Rod Cuthbert
Executive Chairman

Tao Tao
Co-Founder and COO
GetYourGuide Inc.

The Young Leaders Summit Eligibility

Eligibility Criteria

  • Current employee in travel, tourism and hospitality
  • 35 years of age or younger on December 31, 2018
  • Fast-track executive management position or on a clear path to management
  • Sponsored by their company to apply
  • Paid registration to Phocuswright Europe ( register here)


  • Applications will be accepted through 30 March for the 2018 Phocuswright Europe
  • A maximum of 35 applicants will be selected to participate


  • Welcome event for alumni and new Young Leaders Summit members before Phocuswright Europe begins
  • Exclusive Town Hall event moderated by Phocuswright and designed to be completely interactive and collaborative
  • Exclusive session featuring Phocuswright analysts and The Young Leaders Summit guest speakers who will share experiences of climbing the corporate ladder
  • After-hours cocktail receptions with Young Leaders Summit alumni

 The Fine Print

A ticket to Phocuswright Europe is required for all applicants, to be paid by the sponsoring company at the prevailing price. If you are already registered for the conference, you are still eligible to apply to be a member of The Young Leaders Summit.

The tenure of the 2018 class will begin on 15 May 2018 and continue for one year, concluding on the first day of Phocuswright Europe 2019, when a new class will convene.

Apply now.

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Phocuswright Europe

15-17 May 2018 | Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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