Schedule

TRAVEL TECH MIDDLE EAST SUMMIT 2021

DAY 1 | 12 JULY 2021, MONDAY
09:00 – 15:00
09:00 – 10:00 AM
REGISTRATION & WELCOME COFFEE

10:00 – 10:10 AM
OPENING NOTE BY THE CHAIRPERSON

10:10 – 10:20 AM
WELCOME ADDRESS BY GUEST OF HONOR

10:20 – 10:40 AM
RESURRECTING TRAVEL INDUSTRY – THE TECHNOLOGY LEVERAGE
  • How to prepare tourism industry for digital future
  • Dynamic approach to innovation in tourism
  • Startups and innovation for travel and tourism recovery

10:40 – 11:20 AM
PANEL DISCUSSION: CEO PANEL: TECHNOLOGY DRIVEN TRAVEL INNOVATIONS – ADDRESSING POST PANDEMIC MARKET NEEDS
  • Digital transformation and shift in the traveler’s mindset
  • Initiating digitization in Aviation, Tourism and Travel industry
  • Behavioral economics and cognitive bias of digital nomads

11:20 – 11:40 AM
IMPACT OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN THE TOURISM SECTOR
  • Scope of AI in tourism as an industry
  • Emerging role of voice-based AI digital assistants
  • Artificial Intelligence tools for smart tourism development

11:40 – 12:10 PM
NETWORKING AND COFFEE BREAK

12:10 – 13:00 PM
PANEL DISCUSSION: THE FUTURE OF TOURISM – TRAVEL TRENDS FOR 2021 AND BEYOND
  • Emerging niches, new travel styles and shift in traveler expectations
  • How disruptive technologies are shaping the future of tourism?
  • How can the industry prepare for a year of new opportunities post Covid-19?

13:00 – 13:20 PM
TRAVEL GOING CONTACTLESS – NEW AGE SOLUTIONS FOR NEW AGE PROBLEMS
  • Contact less payments and bookings
  • Robots for room service
  • Flexible and Secure travel management platform

13:20 – 13:40 PM
THE FUTURE IS NOW: HOW ROBOTS ARE STORMING THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY
  • Use of Robotics in enhancing the visitor experience in the time of COVID 19
  • Chatbots as a service – A fresh perspective for the Tourism industry
  • Adoption of robots and service automation within tourism and hospitality sector

13:40 – 14:00 PM
HOW TO EMBRACE TECHNOLOGY THAT IS SHAPING MILLENNIAL TRAVEL
  • How to optimize digital channels for marketing and promotions in the travel industry
  • How DMOs can help organizations to attract their target audience
  • Digital Marketing and digital partnerships to attract millennials

14:00 – 14:05 PM
CLOSING REMARKS FROM CHAIRPERSON AND END OF DAY ONE

14:05 – 15:00 PM
PRAYER AND NETWORKING LUNCHEON
DAY 2 – TUESDAY, 23 NOVEMBER 2021
09:00 – 14:40
09:00 – 10:00 AM
REGISTRATION & WELCOME COFFEE

10:00 – 10:10 AM
OPENING NOTE BY THE CHAIRPERSON

10:10 – 10:30 AM
RESURRECTING TRAVEL INDUSTRY – THE TECHNOLOGY LEVERAGE
  • Payment technologies as an advantage for the travel sector
  • Are payments a travel operator’s secret weapon?
  • Emerging trends in bookings and payment methods in the tourism sector

10:30 – 11:10 AM
PANEL DISCUSSION: ROLE OF TRAVEL AND TOURISM SECTOR IN THE ATTAINMENT OF VISION 2030 IN SAUDI ARABIA
  • The importance of sustainability in national development visions
  • Smart positioning of tourism and hospitality industry model in economic transformation in Saudi Arabia.
  • The role technology will play in empowering local tourism industry

11:10 – 11:30 AM
IMPACT OF METASEARCH IN TRAVEL INDUSTRY BEYOND 2021
  • How the partners of metasearch engines would monetize their traffic
  • How the partners would harness the API, Widgets etc. provided by meta search engine companies
  • Will Metasearch stay as the most important marketing tool in travel?

11:30 – 12:00 PM
NETWORKING AND COFFEE BREAK

12:00 – 12:40 PM
PANEL DISCUSSION: PREPARING TOURISM BUSINESSES FOR THE DIGITAL FUTURE
  • Digital trends driving change in tourism
  • Unlocking the potential of the digital transformation for tourism SMEs
  • Path forward for tourism policy makers

12:40 – 13:00 PM
THE FUTURE OF THE AIR TRAVEL INDUSTRY
  • The reality behind NDC
  • Commercial challenges in NDC implementation
  • NDC Certifications – a step towards more uniformity?

13:00 – 13:20 PM
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE OF HOSPITALITY HOLD? TREND AND STAKES
  • What is shaping the future of hospitality industry
  • Contact less Technology in hospitality industry
  • Uncovering new opportunities to recover and succeed the new normal

13:20 – 13:40 PM
TRAVEL AGENTS – THE ‘MUST HAVE’ INVALUABLE AND IRREPLACEABLE SOURCES OF INFORMATION ABOUND
  • The Future of The Travel Agency Business After COVID-19
  • Picturing the post-COVID travel: Ushering Digitization
  • Building customer confidence during uncertain times

13:40 – 13:45 PM
CLOSING REMARKS FROM CHAIRPERSON AND END OF DAY TWO

13:45 – 14:40 PM
PRAYER AND NETWORKING LUNCHEON