Wednesday 2 May 2018

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For all our ITM conference first timers, ITM is hosting a welcome breakfast to give newbies the opportunity to meet with the ITM Board and ITM Ambassadors in an exclusive and relaxed environment. Find out who’s who, and what’s what, from our conference veterans!

Start the conference with this fantastic networking opportunity and tips on how to make the most of your conference experience. Sponsored by easyJet.


  • Matt Dawson

    Keynote Speaker
  • Scott Davies

    Chief Executive Officer
  • Karen Hutchings

    Global Travel, Meetings and Events Leader


  • David Holyoke

    Global Head of Airbnb for Work
  • Chris DeGroot

    Vice President – International Sales

Session 1A

Experience Counts for Everything!

The world of a traveller can be demanding even without the pressures of the day job on top. Improving the traveller experience is key to making employees more productive so why aren't companies more geared to this approach? If you're challenged by compliance, engagement scores, employee attrition rates then perhaps the approach needs to be changed. Do your travellers "feel the love"?

Session 1B

ITM TECHSPLAINS IT ALL v.1 The Internet of Things and Wearable Technology

The Internet of Things: The concept of connecting anything with an on/off switch to the internet or to each other. But what does this actually mean in real life? We will walk you through travel related developments in this area and how you can exploit the IOT and wearable tech now to maximise productivity, enhance the user experience and keep people safe.

Session 1C

Travel in the Age of Unrest - Geopolitics & Travel Safety

Traveller safety has been cited as a Travel Buyer's top priority across several publications in 2018 but what are the unique challenges that travellers face today and how do we need to respond differently to deal with them? Leave this session with practical next steps to support your programme and travellers.

Session 2A

Countdown to GDPR and Other Legal Stuff...

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most important change in 20 years. Add to that PSD2 and other regulatory changes in business travel-related laws and it could be easy to end up in corporate hot water. Time is ticking - don't get burnt by ignorance.

Session 2B

Travel MEET Meetings / Meetings MEET Travel - How Technology is enabling the convergence

The convergence of Travel and Meetings has often been positioned as the 'holy grail' for big companies however is technology now making this merger more possible than ever before? We will guide you through a unique format to understand what you can do right now to make this possible.

Session 2C

ITM TECHSPLAINS IT ALL v.2 - Impact of Robotics & AI

Robotics and Artificial Intelligence: 'the development of computer systems able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence’. Whether you have unwittingly conversed with a chatbot or knowingly welcomed Alexa into your home, robots are everywhere. Once used for boring and complex work, they are now ready to get social. We talk to companies in the BT world, who have incorporated robotics into their travel programmes and give you ideas around how best to bring together man and machine.

We’ve designed an informal and interactive session for buyers and sponsors to network.
The kind of networking session, that doesn’t really feel like networking!
We promise, there’s no powerpoint or ‘selling’, just lots of fun and possibly a few surprise along the way.