Travel Technology Conference and Exhibition Comes to Dallas


In just one week the travel industry’s leading executives and technology
firms will converge at the Fairmont Dallas in Dallas, Texas, March 30-31
for what promises to be the must-attend travel technology conference and
tradeshow for 2004. Nearly 300 senior executives from every segment of
travel industry have registered to attend, and more than 30 top technology
providers are exhibiting.

The seventh-annual ResExpo offers two full days of powerful, provocative
panels that tackle the toughest issues facing travel companies today.
Attendees will gain valuable insight and practical solutions from real
users of travel technology - hoteliers and tour operators, cruise lines,
airlines, travel agents and online travel companies. And for the first
time, ResExpo is introducing a series of Practical Workshops,
roll-up-your-sleeves sessions designed to deliver hands-on guidance for
critical business issues such as contract analysis, managing RFPs and
implementing wireless applications.

John F. Davis III, Chairman, President and CEO of Pegasus Solutions; Mike
Hulley, President EDS Transportation Global Industry Solutions; and DJ
Vallauri, Vice President, E-Commerce and CRM, Prime Hospitality, lead an
all-star speaking cast of more than 60 top executives from hotels, tour
operators, cruise lines, airlines, online travel companies, travel
agencies, technology and distribution companies, research firms and
consultants, industry associations and more.

Highlights from the ResExpo ‘04 Program:—Technology Keynote -
Vendor/Buyer Face-Off: High-tech’s latest trends: the real deal or shiny
PR veneer? A top technology vendor and a major travel company tell it like
(they each think) it is.—Does Your RevPAR Compare? The latest lodging
analytics from Smith Travel Research—Suppliers vs. Discounters: Top
hoteliers. The biggest online discounters. One fierce debate.—Packaging
for Suppliers: How can suppliers get into the multi- component game?—
Distribution and the GDSs: How Unruly? Does the end of the CRS rules mean
a distribution free-for-all?—Whither Tour Operating? The Web Way or the
Highway? Will traditional tour operators ever get their online act
together?—Old World Giants in a Brave New (Online) World: The top
off-line agencies take to the stage with their online competitors. Do they
have a shot?—Hotel Systems Integration: How Hospitable? (powered by
HEDNA): Revenue management. PMS. CRM. POS. When will they all get along?
—Travel Agent Booking Solutions: Are They Worth It? A declining channel,
but they still have share. How much do you invest in it? And if you build
it, will they come? Practical Workshops (A ResExpo First!)—Contract
Analysis (Powered by HSMAI): Crunch the numbers, maximize margins—RFP -
How to Write One: Learn how to get what you need from the RFP process.
Presented by Chicke Fitzgerald, CEO and Managing Partner, Solutionz Group
International.—Wireless: Yes, you can finally make a buck from
implementing wireless apps. Presented by Norm Rose, President, Travel Tech
Consulting.

ResExpo premier sponsors include Accovia, Amadeus, Cendant Travel
Distribution Services, EDS, Nurun, Pegasus Solutions and TourNet, with
media sponsorships from Business Travel News, Hospitality Upgrade, Travel
Technology Update and TravelMole. More than 30 of travel’s top technology
companies are participating in the industry’s premier technology showcase,
including Blue Wave Solutions, Datalex, Discovery Travel Systems, ESRI,
EZYield, Fastbooking, Hotel Data Systems, Hotel Information Systems,
InfoTree, InnLink, Introplus, ITA Software, Micros, Open Fares, OpenTravel
Alliance, Radixx, Revelex, Softvoyage, Synxis, Solutionz Group
International, Travel Sciences, Trisept Solutions and Vinet Global.

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“After a few challenging years for the travel industry, we are truly
excited by the level of enthusiasm and participation by speakers,
exhibitors and attendees alike,” said Vickie Singer, President and
Principal, Travel Technology Source, which produces ResExpo. “We’re seeing
that curiosity and excitement about the latest trends and technologies are
returning. Companies from every segment of travel are increasingly
exploring issues and options, they’re innovating, they’re investing, and
—most importantly—they’re buying. Travel technology is back, it’s
better than ever, and it’s all happening at ResExpo.”
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