TravelConnect 2019

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Travel Industry Visionaries to Headline ARC’s TravelConnect 2019

October’s Conference to Focus on Transforming Travel Retailing

ARLINGTON, Va. – Sept. 12, 2019 – Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) is pleased to announce that many of the travel industry’s most recognized leaders will share their knowledge and insights at ARC’s sixth-annual TravelConnect, taking place October 3–4 at the Lansdown Resort and Spa in Leesburg, Va. The conference is the leading forum for organizations in the global air travel ecosystem to come together and learn about key market trends and opportunities. The theme this year, “Distribution: Evolved,” embodies the conference’s focus on transforming the customer experience, achieving smarter personalization, and accelerating readiness for emerging trends including omnichannel distribution and next-generation retailing.

Some notable agenda highlights include:

  • An appearance by United Airlines President Scott Kirby, who will share his unique perspective with Holly Hegeman, publisher and editor of PlaneBusiness Banter, on the opportunities and challenges facing air travel.
  • A discussion between Dave Harvey, Vice President of Southwest Business and ARC President and CEO Mike Premo on Southwest’s vision for corporate travel, updates on its recently announced partnership with ARC, and the addition of more content through the GDS channel in mid-2020.
  • An opening address by Amy Webb, a quantitative futurist with the Future Today Institute, who will explain how emerging technology will disrupt — and advance — travel retailing.
  • A keynote by President of JetBlue Technology Ventures Bonny Simi, who will offer attendees her insights on the most promising technology developments in air travel — from AI to IoT.

In addition, TravelConnect will feature breakout sessions exploring:

  • The latest New Distribution Capability (NDC) initiatives from Amadeus, Sabre and Travelport;
  • Use cases for emerging technologies like blockchain to enable direct payments;
  • Best practices in fighting fraud through industry collaboration;
  • How to accurately measure travel program performance in an evolving landscape; and
  • Opportunities for travel management companies (TMCs) to generate revenue by expanding payment options.

The full conference agenda is available online. Members of the media are invited to attend. Contact ARC Public Relations Manager Hillary Smith for registration.


ARC accelerates the growth of global air travel by delivering forward-looking travel data, flexible distribution services and other innovative industry solutions. We are a leading travel intelligence company that possesses the world’s largest, most comprehensive global airline ticket dataset, including more than 15 billion passenger flights representing 490 airlines and 230 countries and territories. Our solutions and expertise strengthen economies and enrich lives by connecting stakeholders across the travel ecosystem. For more information, visit

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