SOURCE: The DEMO Conference

The DEMO Conference

May 26, 2011 16:03 ET

PhoCusWright and DEMO Collaborate to Create Unique Award Promoting Travel Innovation

The DEMO Award Will Honor an Outstanding Innovator at PhoCusWright's 2011 Travel Innovation Summit

SHERMAN, CT--(Marketwire - May 26, 2011) - PhoCusWright Inc., the travel industry research authority, and DEMO, the world-renowned launchpad for emerging technology, have joined forces to identify and reward technology-driven innovation in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. The companies have partnered to create The DEMO Award for Travel Innovation, designed to recognize and promote an exceptional demonstrator at The Travel Innovation Summit@The PhoCusWright Conference (November 15, 2011 in Ft. Lauderdale/Miami, Florida USA).

The Travel Innovation Summit is the preeminent event showcasing the next generation of applied travel technology to an influential audience of executives, investors and media. Carefully screened innovators from around the world demonstrate the applications and solutions that will advance travel planning, purchasing and memorializing. PhoCusWright's partnership with DEMO will connect Travel Innovation Summit innovators to the broader technology and investment communities, providing unprecedented exposure.

"DEMO has a long-standing heritage of debuting some of the most renowned, cutting edge new products that have had game-changing impact on technology," said Neal Silverman, senior vice president and general manager of DEMO. "Our goals are perfectly aligned with PhoCusWright's Travel Innovation Summit in that we strive to shine the light on new innovation. With the addition of The DEMO Award to this event, one stand-out innovative organization will receive a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gain access to DEMO's world-class, elite audience of press, venture capitalists and CIOs. We are excited to extend this award to the travel and hospitality trade."

Over nearly 20 years, DEMO has built an unmatched track record of selecting, coaching and making successful some of the world's most game-changing products, including TiVo, Palm, VMware, Webex, Salesforce. The winner of The DEMO Award will receive a range of benefits during DEMO's spring 2012 event, including a Showcase Sponsorship, two complimentary tickets, access to VIP events and significant promotional and social media opportunities.

"The combined platforms of these two important events provide travel innovation leaders with a catalytic opportunity to significantly advance in the world's largest industry," said Philip Wolf, president and CEO of PhoCusWright.

Applications to demonstrate innovations in travel at The Travel Innovation Summit are now being accepted.

ABOUT PHOCUSWRIGHT INC.
PhoCusWright is the travel industry research authority on how travelers, suppliers and intermediaries connect. Independent, rigorous and unbiased, PhoCusWright fosters smart strategic planning and tactical decision-making.

PhoCusWright delivers qualitative and quantitative research on the evolving dynamics that influence travel, tourism and hospitality distribution. Our marketplace intelligence is the industry standard for segmentation, sizing, forecasting, trends, analysis and consumer travel planning behavior. Every day around the world, senior executives, marketers, strategists and research professionals from all segments of the industry value chain use PhoCusWright research for competitive advantage.

To complement its primary research and in North and Latin America, Europe and Asia, PhoCusWright produces several high-profile conferences in the United States and Germany, and partners with conferences in Canada, China and Singapore. Industry leaders and company analysts bring this intelligence to life by debating issues, sharing ideas and defining the ever-evolving reality of travel commerce.

The company is headquartered in the United States with Asia-Pacific operations based in India and local analysts on five continents.

ABOUT DEMO

Produced by IDG Enterprise in conjunction with VentureBeat, the DEMO conferences in the United States and China focus on emerging technologies and new product innovations, which are hand selected from across the spectrum of the technology marketplace. The DEMO conferences have earned their reputation for consistently identifying tomorrow's cutting-edge technologies, and have served as launchpad events for companies such as Palm, E*Trade, Salesforce, Webex, Tivo and VMware, helping them to secure venture funding, establish critical business relationships, and influence early adopters. The DEMO Scholarship Partner Program, subsidized by corporate sponsorships, offers multiple scholarship opportunities to ensure that deserving entrepreneurs receive the opportunity to introduce cutting edge technology products at DEMO that might have otherwise gone undiscovered.

ABOUT IDG ENTERPRISE

IDG Enterprise, an International Data Group (IDG) company, brings together unique editorial brands (CFOworld, CIO, CIO Executive Council, Computerworld, CSO, DEMO, InfoWorld, ITworld and Network World) to serve the information needs of our technology, security and financial-focused audiences. As a digital-centric media company we serve our reader and advertiser audiences with award-winning content and community, driving conversation and conversion, across our entire portfolio of awarding-winning, websites, events, magazines, products and services. In addition, the CIO Executive Council, a peer advisory service, brings together the nation's top CIOs, as well as provides community and leadership development tools for their staffs.

ABOUT VENTUREBEAT

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