Payment developments and fintechs have been a huge part of many travel conferences and events in 2022.
Hopper’s growth in fintech, payment initiatives from companies including Amadeus and acquisitions in the payment space by Sabre and HRS all demonstrate this heightened interest.
It’s not only a vital part of the consumer travel booking experience as well as the B2B experience, but it’s an area where small improvements can make a big difference.
During the Executive Panel: Travel’s Secret Weapon at The Phocuswright Conference, executives from Katanox, Worldline and Uplift discussed some of the current trends.
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Panelists Brian Barth, CEO and co-founder of Uplift, Paul Beukers, co-founder of Katanox and Laurie Gablehouse, head of global travel solutions for Worldline, also touch on travel companies becoming fintech companies and fintech companies becoming travel companies.
The discussion addresses the huge opportunity in making digital payments more accessible for everyone, creating value for travel suppliers and removing friction from the travel experience.
The panel also talks about developments in wallets, where loyalty fits in and whether crypto will make its mark in travel any time soon.
Watch the full session below moderated by Robert Cole, senior analyst for lodging and leisure travel research for Phocuswright.
Executive Panel: Travel's Secret Weapon - The Phocuswright Conference 2022