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eTourism Trends Workshop at Philoxenia 17 - November 2006

26 October 2007, 18:39

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eTourism Trends Workshop at Philoxenia
Friday 17 th November 2006 15:00-16:30

Conference centre Philoxenia Nikolaos Germanos, Room C

Language: The discussion will be in English
The event is free of charge and no pre-registration is required

This workshop will offer the opportunity to discuss the latest trends of eTourism as well as reservations online. The workshop will include introductory presentations from the panel coordinator Dr Dimitrios Buhalis (University of Surrey) as well as Mr John Kent, Entrepreneur and Founder of youtravel.com and Mr Diego J. Lofeudo, Regional Manager Eastern Med and Africa, Expedia.com followed by discussion. The youtravel.com and Expedia representatives would demonstrate their experiences and model of work in Greece and the Mediterranean area. The Panel coordinator will encourage all participants to engage in discussion and to solicit the views of the panelists on the future of eTourism and its impacts for the tourism industry in Greece.

Indicative programme

1500-1510

Dimitrios Buhalis (University of Surrey) Welcome and Introductions

1510-1530

John Kent (youtravel.com): the youtravel.com experiences and model of work

1530-1550

Diego J. Lofeudo (Expedia.com): the Expedia.com experiences and model of work

1550-1625

Open Discussion facilitated by Panel

1625-1630

Theodore Koumelis (TravelDailyNews): Conclusions and future actions

The objective of the workshop will be to demonstrate the trends of eTourism in Europe and to benefit from the experience of the two top professionals in the field and the implications for Greece will also be discussed.

Discussion will include issues related to :

  • the trends in online sales volume
  • Opportunities and challenges for all members of the tourism industry
  • How do intermediaries differentiate?
  • What is the value you offer to suppliers and customers?
  • Are traditional travel agencies dead?
  • how do tour operating being altered in Europe
  • Are eMediaries the Tour Operators for the future?
  • How do you advice suppliers to maintain Price Parity?
  • Do you commoditise suppliers brands?
  • Do concentrate only on non-branded suppliers?
  • Who is going to buy whom in the future?
  • What next?

BIOS:

Dr Dimitrios Buhalis is Programme Leader MSc in Tourism Marketing and MSc in eTourism at the School of Management, University of Surrey. He is widely regarded as an expert in the impacts of ICTs in the tourism industry and he regularly advises the European Commission, World Tourism Organisation, the World Tourism and Travel Council on eTourism issues. He has served as Vice President of the International Federation of Information Technology for Travel and Tourism (IFITT). He has written or co-edited a total of 12 books, including Tourism Business Frontiers and Tourism Management Dynamics, eTourism: Strategic Information Technology for Tourism and Tourism Distribution Channels.

Mr John Kent is a Serial Entrepreneur and Founder of youtravel.com. Prior to creating youtravel.com as a resort accommodation only bed bank offering exclusive online access to hotels and resorts around the Mediterranean and other worldwide destinations John had created Travelbargains and Medhotels.com before selling them to Lastminute.com in a cash-pus-shares deal worth up to

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