TravelCom 2005 Focuses on Timely Topics Shaping the Future of the Travel Industry; ``The Value of Differentiation'' Highlights a Conference Agenda Addressing Travel Industry Hot Buttons Such as Search, Personalization and the Future of GDSs.TRUMBULL, Conn. -- Travel Commerce Conference & Expo 2005 (TravelCom), the nation's largest travel marketing and distribution conference and expo with an expected attendance of more than 1,500 people, is once again the essential travel event of the year. A slate of the most influential travel industry leaders will attend and speak at the fourth annual conference, taking place April 27-29 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City New York City: see New York, city.
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To ensure the sessions are timely and completely unbiased towards individual sectors, companies or topics, TravelCom called upon its advisory board of senior-level travel executives to design a program that fully addresses the issues that create the greatest challenges. This year's conference theme, "The Value of Differentiation," provides an umbrella for discussion on 15 timely travel topics, including "Personalization", "Trends in Dynamic Packaging" and a half day focus on "Search." The Search focus includes breakout sessions with executives from general search engines, metasearch sites, content and information aggregators - and a wrap-up session comprised of buyers of search.
"The travel industry is struggling - struggling to return to profitability, struggling over relationships between suppliers and intermediaries, and struggling over who owns the customer," said Henry Harteveldt, TravelCom 2005 chairperson and vice president, Travel Research, Forrester Research Forrester Research is an independent technology and market research company that provides its clients with advice about technology's impact on business and consumers. Corporate facts
The Hotel Electronic Distribution Network of America (HEDNA HEDNA Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association ) will once again sponsor the conference distribution track, highlighted by keynote presentations from Henry Harteveldt and a panel of senior-level travel executives who have recently taken their role from positions outside of the travel industry. Keynote topics include "The Value of Differentiation" and "New Perspectives."
On April 29, in conjunction with TravelCom, the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI HSMAI Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International ) will hold its fourth annual Travel Internet Marketing See Internet advertising. Strategy Conference. This conference is designed to bring leading industry experts together to discuss the significant issues and trends in Internet marketing. Measuring the success of Internet marketing through metrics will be the focus of this session as leading brand and merchant model experts from the hotel, cruise and airline industries present stimulating ideas and facilitate interactive discussion.
Sponsors, exhibitors and media recognize that TravelCom 2005 is a conference created "for the industry by the industry," as they have secured their places at the expo in record numbers. Ruf Strategic Solutions, Cendant Travel Distribution and Solutionz Group, among the conference's more than 50 exhibitors, will offer white papers to further involve all of the attendees and media.
TravelCom 2005 is attracting representatives from some of the biggest companies and executives in travel, including: Amadeus, American Airlines American Airlines
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A complete speaker roster, event information and registration forms can be found at http://www.travelcomexpo.com.
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