Schedule for Friday, 6/26
Welcome to Friday! It's been quite a week.
These tips will help you track your day — and a very packed agenda.
- All times are EDT (NYC time).
- No need to register for sessions: The webinars are open. Please attend as many as you like.
- There are two conference rooms for panels and presentations, so you will need
to keep track of two URLs. (Happy hours have their own URL.)
As a handy guide:
Room 1: Presentations that start at :00 and :30
Room 2: Presentations that start at :15 and :45
- If you have a question during a session, enter it in the Q&A button at the bottom of
the Zoom screen. We will get to as many as we can.
- We will email all attendees a wrap-up of the panels and presentations after the conference.
So don't worry if you miss something! You can catch up later.
- To share on social, we're @NewTravelConf on Twitter and @thenewtravelconference on Instagram.
Have a great conference!
Jack Ezon, Pavia Rosati, Shivani Vora
The New Travel Co-Founders
Friday, June 26
9:00 - 11:00 - Exhibitor Presentations
9:00 - 9:30
Travel With Purpose in South Africa
Liz Biden, Founder and CEO
Matt Biden, Managing Director
Simon Mandy, Director of Sales and Marketing
10:00 - 10:30
Villas as a Gateway to Growth: Examining the St. Barths Experience
Heather Warburton, Director of Branding and Client Communications
Stiles Bennet, President and CMO
10:30 - 11:00
ÀNI Private Resorts
The world’s first collection of private resorts, ideal for groups of friends and family seeking memory-making escapes in a place all to themselves. Located in the Dominican Republic, Thailand, Anguilla, and Sri Lanka, ÀNI Private Resorts are fully staffed, all-inclusive, and only available on a buy-out basis.
Ira Bloom, CEO
Christian Gomez, Marketing Manager
11:00 - 2:45 - Panels: Travel Trends of Tomorrow
11:00 - 11:40
Will a nature-based vacation involving mountain hikes, farm stays, and tented camps hold more appeal than a crowded art museum or urban high-rise? Early indicators say yes, as travelers are right now looking for getaways that boost their mental and physical well-being by being in the great outdoors. Wellness travel was already on the rise: now it's here to stay, and environment, as always, plays a key part. Hotels can be a part of this new, relevant conversation. Many have implemented new outdoor activities, meditation exercises, and opportunities for family bonding on hikes, swims, and bike rides, as part of their reopening strategy. How do they continue to stay ahead of the curve and attract this new, outdoor-minded customer?
Björn Boyer · Owner, Eastwind
Debbie Braun · President & CEO at Aspen Chamber Resort Association
Kellee Edwards · Travel Host, Travel + Leisure and Travel Channel
Neil Jacobs · CEO, Six Senses
James McBride · Partner & CEO, Nihi Sumba
Moderator: Jacqueline Gifford · Editor in Chief, Travel + Leisure
11:45 - 12:25
What Are the Travel Trends for Summer and Beyond?
Travelers are looking for new vacation options, with demand increasing for alternative accommodations like houseboats on lakes, RVs in parks, tricked-out buses for road trips. If drive-market trips are the buzzword for the near future, can regional hotel partnerships and programs turn competitors into collaborators? How will family travel change and what are the opportunities — at the kids’ clubs, in the pools, in the dining rooms?
Jack Ezon · Founder, Embark Beyond and Co-Founder, The New Travel
Deborah Yaeger Fleming · CEO & Partner, Acqualina Resort & Residences on the Beach
Rainer Jenss · President & Founder of Family Travel Association
Jer Goss · President, GossRV
Moderator: Shivani Vora · Contributor, CNN and Co-Founder, The New Travel
12:30 - 1:10
How Can Travelers Feel "Authentic" and "Local" Now?
How are tour companies, guides, and hotels reinventing the guest experience and changing their offerings? How can DMCs help clients feel “local” when they cannot get too close to the culture? How will this impact drivers and guides and private access experiences?
Nicola Butler · Managing Director and Owner, NoteWorthy
Andrea Filippi · Vice President of Global Sales, Belmond
Virginia Irurita · Founder, Made for Spain and Portugal
Paul Melhus · Founder and CEO, ToursByLocals
Moderator: Brekke Fletcher · Executive Editor of Travel, CNN Digital
1:15 - 1:55
Macro to Micro: Is Everything Going Private?
Presented by Frette
As consumers look to control their travel experience — by limiting the number of people they are exposed to and creating personal travel bubbles — there has been increased demand for private jets and hotel buyouts. What are the risks here? Does this mean that hotels will only cater to the ultra-wealthy? Isn’t it an illusion to think that their friends are “safe” because they are friends? Can “private” be accessible to travelers who are not rich?
Doug Gollan · Aviation Expert and Founder, Private Jet Card Comparisons
Christian Gómez · Marketing Director, ÀNI Private Resorts
Catherine Heald · Co-founder and CEO, Remote Lands
Mike Williams · Executive Vice President and COO, Brush Creek Ranch
Moderator: Christina Ohly Evans · US Correspondent, Financial Times / How to Spend It
2:00 - 2:40
Opportunity in Crisis: A Second Chance to Do It Better
If this forced pause has given us breathing space to reconsider the impact we have on the world and what really matters to consumers, what can we do better in the future? How can we address issues around sustainability, overtourism, and inclusivity — and at the same time consider aspects of the luxury travel experience that should be tossed or reinvented from scratch? In short, what does a bold vision for the future of travel look like?
Chip Conley · Founder, Modern Elder Academy and Strategic Advisor for Hospitality & Leadership, Airbnb
Zim Flores · Founder, Italicist and Founder & CEO Emeritus, Travel Noire
Bruce Poon Tip · Founder, G Adventures
Olivia Richli · General Manager, Heckfield Place
Moderator: Pavia Rosati · Founder, Fathom and Co-Founder, The New Travel
2:45 - 5:45 - Exhibitor Presentations
3:00 - 3:30
Big Five Tours & Expeditions
- The New Energies Collection, alternative energy programs at a time when the world is healing itself
- Live with Five Jr.: A virtual experiences that puts our children on the front line of everything from explorations to humanitarian work. Instead of watching, future leaders get to decide what happens as the virtual experience unfolds at several junctures These virtual events are a test drive for children as they plan the real family adventure.
- Humanitarian live ride-along in Colombia.
Ashish Sanghrajka, President
3:15 - 3:45
Rancho Bernardo Inn and Surf & Sand, Laguna Beach
Rancho Bernardo Inn, North County San Diego – 265-acre destination resort with gardens, three pools, spa, and golf. A family-friendly and couples getaway.
Surf & Sand Resort, Laguna Beach – Right on the beach, local Laguna character with a dash of Riviera. A favorite SoCal oceanfront retreat.
3:30 - 4:00
Enjoying an idyllic location in bustling Anacapri, a safe haven and one of the most exclusive and unspoiled parts of the island, Capri Palace stands high up on a hill overlooking the Gulf of Naples. It fully embodies the Italian Dolce Vita, with an authentic Capri style and far-reaching sea views. Designed in the style of an eighteenth-century Neapolitan palazzo, Capri Palace has attracted the great and the good since it first opened its doors in the 1960s, swiftly establishing itself as the island's most iconic hotel.
Ermanno Zanini, General Manager and Regional VP for Italy and Spain for Jumeirah Hotels
Nantipa – A Tico Beach Experience and Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa
Overview of Costa Rica as a post Covid-19 destination, updates on Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa and Nantipa – a Tico Beach Experience.
4:45 - 5:15
Francis Ford Coppola’s Hideaways – Belize, Guatemala and Italy
The Family Coppola Hideaways (Italy, Belize, Guatemala) – remote, secluded, sustainable, and private by design – created by legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola.
Christine Gaudenzi, Director of Sales and Marketing
The St Regis Rome
Destination marketing and partnerships as key factors for recovery.
Claudio Cadeddu, Director of Sales and Marketing
Giuseppe De Martino, General Manager
5:30 - 6:00
Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf & Spa & Residences
A bespoke and sophisticated, exclusive bolthole with endless facilities on Spain's Southern coast.
Javier Rivadulla, Director of Sales & Marketing
Magdalena Sanchez, Assistant DOSM