The Big Picture - Who Will Sell Travel Best in the Future?

The Big Picture - Who Will Sell Travel Best in the Future?

29 Apr 2019, 11:00 - 11:50

ATM Global Stage

The global travel landscape is rapidly evolving with the lines between traditional and non-traditional travel retialers blurring. Tech giants such as Amazon and Google, who already have successful retail models, are increasingly influencing traveller purchasing decisions and muscling in on the travel space, while airlines, hotel groups and travel-related platforms such as AccorHotels, TripAdvisor and Airbnb are looking to become online travel and lifestyle retailers in their own right. Even social media and online messenger platforms are getting in on the action, while traditional OTAs, fearful of being cut out of the picture as the 'middle man', are investing in emerging technologies such as AI and voice search to stay relevant and customer focused. Our high-profile panelists will discuss what the future holds for an industry where every major tech firm, social media channel and online retailer is fighting to sell travel and what it means for traditional providers.


  • Richard Dean


    Presenter of the Business Breakfast on Dubai Eye 103.8FM & Director

    Roar Interior Design

    Richard is one of the region's most engaging business speakers, drawing on two decades experience as a journalist with the world's leading media...

  • Fouad Talaat


    Regional Manager of Partner Services - MEA

    Fouad Talaat is's Regional Manager of Partner Services for the Middle East and Africa region. Fouad joined in 2011, held...

  • Ben Vinod


    Senior VP & Chief Scientist

    Sabre Corporation

    Ben Vinod serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Scientist at Sabre focused on innovation and thought leadership in addressing key needs of Sabre...

  • Charbel Sarkis


    Regional Head of Travel and Hospitality, Retail and eCommerce, MENA


    Charbel Sarkis is the regional head of Travel, Hospitality, Retail and E-commerce at Google in MENA. Prior to joining Google in 2012, Charbel worked...

  • Matt Raos


    SVP B2B - Corporate & Leisure


    Matt Raos is Senior Vice President B2B – Corporate & Leisure with Emirates in the Global Sales department.  Matt and his team direct Emirates’ sales...

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