As part of its 12-year commitment to excellence and innovation in the field of global travel, tourism and hospitality, PhoCusWright Inc., a leading independent travel, tourism and hospitality research firm specialising in consumer, business and competitive intelligence, announces its next Executive Conference will be held in Paris on 26-27 September 2005.

With hundreds of key industry experts expected to attend, representing a virtual Who’s Who of the European tourism industry, this year's conference has secured 15 key European travel industry executives who will address the issues, challenges and competitive forces that dominate and influence the travel industry.

Centre Stage Speakers:

- Jean-Marc Espalioux, Chairman and CEO, Accor

- Andrew Phillipps, CEO, Active Hotels Ltd. (a priceline.com company)

- David V. Jones, Executive Vice President, Commercial, Amadeus Global Travel Distribution S.A.

- Charles Petruccelli, President, Global Travel Services, American Express Company

- David J.C. Radcliffe, CEO, Business Travel International BV

- Richard G. Lovell, Chief Operating Officer, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Carlson Wagonlit Travel Inc.

- Ronen Stauber, President and CEO, Consumer Travel and GTA Hotels, International Markets, Cendant Travel Distribution Services

- David Soskin, CEO, Cheapflights Ltd.

- Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Chairman, easyGroup (UK) Ltd.

- Simon Breakwell, President, IAC Travel International, Expedia Inc.

- Ian R. Carter, Chief Executive, Hilton International

- Brent Hoberman, Co-Founder and CEO, lastminute.com Plc

- Simon Vincent, CEO, Opodo Ltd.

- Sebastian Escarrer, Vice Chairman and CEO, Sol Melia S.A.

- Marc Hildebrand, President and CEO, TQ3 Travel Solutions GmbH (a TUI company)

Unlike traditional conferences, there is no formalised program. Instead the speakers are the program. PhoCusWright speakers are the top executives from the leading companies in the travel, tourism and hospitality sector. While discussing subjects they consider crucial to their businesses, the speakers also provide timely and candid responses to critical issues facing the industry in general.

Several other notable European travel industry professionals will ask pointed questions as Talkbackers, a signature feature at PhoCusWright events. Discussions will focus on challenges and innovations in selling travel, tourism and hospitality products and services to corporate and leisure markets worldwide.

According to Philip Wolf, PhoCusWright’s President and CEO, “Today’s tourism industry is celebrating record high growth while fraught with historic hurdles, unconventional competition and new game rules.”

Current PhoCusWright research indicates that the online leisure and unmanaged business travel market in Europe is expected to surpass €28.6 billion in 2005, up nearly 50% from the €19.2 billion achieved in 2004. Similar rates of growth are expected for 2006, bringing the size of the market up to €41.6 billion, nearly double the current market size. The results of PhoCusWright’s groundbreaking research, in which 18,000 consumers across 18 countries were surveyed to determine Online Travel Shopping and Buying Behaviour in Key European Markets, will be announced at the Paris event.

PhoCusWright Executive Conferences, now in their 12th year, provide the travel executive with unparalleled access to the industry’s top decision makers, offering unique viewpoints on the industry’s constant state of flux and an insight into the challenges the tourism professionals face in the future. With keynote addresses from the industry’s most distinguished executives and an opportunity to interact freely with the highest echelon of travel professionals, the conference promises a dynamic and superior approach to tourism and hospitality issues.

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