Res-Expo looks beyond the net

Res-Expo 2006, to be held
March 7 and 8 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Dallas, is claiming to be the first strategic
global travel conference in 2006.Aiming to be more than just a technology conference, Res-Expo
also focuses on distribution strategy and marketing, and how all facets are
operating cohesively in today’s global digital economy. Conference co-
producers Travel Technology Source, LLC and Market Designs, LLC announced
growing executive participation, with a speaker and panelist roster
representing top executives from all major participants in the growing global
distribution network (GDN).
  SideStep.com, which delivers online travel choices to more than 4.7
million consumers each month, will be represented by the company’s new
president and chief executive officer Rob Solomon. Formerly vice president and
general manager of Yahoo! Shopping Group, Solomon will make one of his first
public appearances as SideStep’s new chief executive officer at Res-Expo on
March 7. He will join Google’s managing director of Travel, Jane Butler,
Kayak.com’s chief executive officer, Steve Hafner, and others, to expound on
the evolving role of metasearch engines in today’s online travel environment.
  Brian Clark, vice president - Planning and Sales for low-cost carrier
Virgin America, another new start-up by British billionaire and Virgin
Atlantic founder, Richard Branson, will share the stage with executives from
other low-cost carriers, including, Tim Claydon, senior vice president - Sales
and Marketing for JetBlue, and Kevin Healy, vice president - Planning and
Sales for AirTran Airways, to discuss how these progressive airlines continue
to re-invent distribution and marketing.
  Senior-level guest speakers also include Ken Esterow, president - Travel
Industry Services, Cendant Travel Distribution Services; Shirley Tafoya,
senior vice president, Travelzoo; Mark Koehler, senior vice president - Air,
Priceline.com; Pam Elledge, vice president - Sales and Distribution, Delta Air
Lines; Debbie McGrath, vice president - eCommerce Sales and Product Strategy,
Marriott International; Scott Brandt, managing director - Worldwide Sales,
United Airlines, and many others.
  Previously announced, the conference will kick off with a keynote
presentation by Don Tapscott, New York Times best-selling author of The
Digital Economy, Digital Capital and The Naked Corporation. Tapscott will be
introduced by Kay Urban, president and chief executive officer for Amadeus
North America, the premier plus sponsor of Res-Expo 2006.
  The Res-Expo Exhibitor Pavilion is sold out, promising attendees a close-
up view of the latest technologies, services and other offerings from travel
marketing and distribution companies around the world.
  “Executives from travel companies worldwide speaking at Res-Expo 2006 have
proven strategies and innovative solutions at work in the marketplace, and in
keeping with Res-Expo’s own proven strategy, it will remain the conference
best known for exposing the real world, with users of new technologies
participating on several panels,” said Vickie Singer, president and CEO of
Travel Technology Source and co-producer of Res-Expo. “This year’s program is
strong, rich and relevant.  For every participant in global travel
distribution, Res-Expo has a convenient location at the right price, with
senior-level speakers and a program more comprehensive than any other travel
industry conference. It’s a must-attend conference this year.
  “Industry events that focus solely on technology miss the mark for today’s
travel companies,” Singer added. “Travel technology users require an open
forum for candid discussion and Res-Expo provides that forum. In addition,
this event is focused on providing professionals, entrepreneurs and companies
with all-important networking opportunities. Our conference format and venue
provide an optimal environment for results-oriented networking.”
  “Professionals tell us they come to Res-Expo for an education, and we
deliver that by lining up industry leaders who understand the relevant topics
in travel marketing and technology, and whose companies and products are
driving change in the industry worldwide,” said Vela McClam-Mitchell,
president and CEO of Market Designs and co-producer of Res-Expo. “We urge
travel professionals everywhere to come to Dallas this March to meet with the
people and discover the products and solutions that offer new ways to reduce
operational costs, deliver opportunities, and increase revenues in today’s
travel environment.”
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