SOURCE: Phocuswright Inc.

Phocuswright Inc.

May 25, 2016 14:00 ET

Phocuswright Launches New Innovation Products

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - May 25, 2016) - Travel industry research authority, Phocuswright, today announced a major expansion of the highly acclaimed Travel Innovation Summit. This expansion comes in the form of a new suite of innovation products, the Phocuswright Innovation Platform, which ranges from conference components, and a university program, to networking and consulting.

The Phocuswright Innovation Platform now includes:

  • Battleground: Brings early-stage startups to The Phocuswright Conference to demonstrate their innovation and awards three companies the opportunity to progress to the Summit
  • Summit: A new version of The Travel Innovation Summit for startups and emerging companies only
  • Launch: Established companies launching a new product or service in the travel technology space
  • The State of Startups: An unparalleled series of reports on the latest technology, big data, booking, travel distribution, trends and more
  • Innovation Fast Track: Where innovation alumni are invited to present at partner events as part of Phocuswright's live content
  • University: University students of select hospitality departments participate in a semester-long program that delves into Phocuswright research and past Summit presentations, and includes an opportunity to present at The Phocuswright Conference
  • Lab: Where innovation meets opportunity -- Phocuswright connects innovators with potential buyers and partners
  • Alumni: Participate in any component of the Phocuswright Innovation Platform and forever have access to an exclusive group of alumni with which to network and collaborate
  • Innovation Workshop, in conjunction with LaunchPad Central: Leveraging the research background and industry subject-matter expertise of Phocuswright, with the tools of LaunchPadCentral designed to unlock the keys to innovation in action

"Phocuswright is the authority on how technology innovation drives change in the travel industry," says Phocuswright's managing director, Tony D'Astolfo. "We've designed the Phocuswright Innovation Platform so that anyone looking for information on travel innovation -- or help getting their idea off the ground -- can come to one place and find everything they need."

"Change occurs in the travel industry with lighting speed, and innovative ideas and solutions are happening every day," says Andrea Kates, CEO, LaunchPad Central. "We partnered with Phocuswright in their new platform because of their history of uncovering the best travel innovations and their longstanding industry expertise."

"Battleground and Summit at The Phocuswright Conference are the most exciting events Trekkable has had the opportunity to be a part of," said Benedict Jones, founder and CEO, Trekkable. "They opened up a world of opportunities, ideas and partnerships that wouldn't have been available to us otherwise. More importantly, they helped us build awareness in the industry at the highest level."

Anyone interested in applying to compete in Battleground, Summit or Launch can apply here.

More information on the Phocuswright Innovation Platform can be found here.

Phocuswright, the travel industry research authority, fosters smart strategic planning and tactical decision-making by delivering primary research on the evolving dynamics that influence travel, tourism and hospitality distribution. To complement its research in North America, Europe and Asia, Phocuswright partners with and produces several high-profile conferences around the world.

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