Events & Activities

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PAST ACTIVITIES & EVENTS


2016

2016 OpenTravel Advisory Forum 
OpenTravel had a successful annual Advisory Forum at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, FL, May 16 – 19. Highlights included the 2.0 object model solution reveal, education from well known technology leaders, member awards, and the organization’s first hackathon lite.  Thank you to all attendees and our sponsors: The Hertz Corporation, Travelport, Sabre Corporation, Marriott International, Inc., Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP), and LinksRez.
 
 
Presentations
Deborah L. McGuinness
Tetherless World Constellation Chair, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
McGuinness Associates
 
Cindy Estis Green
Kalibri Labs, LLC
 
Brad Brewer
Brewer Digital Marketing
 
Dave Hollander
Travelport
 
Jim Jandrew
Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Technology
 
Steve Livezey
Travelport 
 
 
 
2015

Thank you to those that attended the 2015 OpenTravel Advisory Forum May 12-14 in Miami.
Slide presentations can be viewed here.

 

2014

OpenTravel hosted its North American 2014 Advisory Forum on September 22 and 23 at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.


2013

OpenTravel attended Web in Travel 2013 in Singapore October 28-27.
 
OpenTravel attended HITEC 2013 in Minneapolis on June 24-27.
 
OpenTravel hosted its North American 2013 Advisory Forum in San Diego from April 30 through May 2.
 
OpenTravel served as expert advisor at Runup Labs in Bloomington, Indiana on March 27.
 
Valyn Perini, CEO of OpenTravel, will be attending ITB Berlin in Berlin, Germany, on March 6, 2013, along with destinations, tour operators, booking systems, carriers, hotels and other travel suppliers.
 
OpenTravel will host its 2013 Travel Traction for start-ups in all sectors of travel at ITB Berlin in Berlin, Germany, on March 5, 2013.  More information to be announced soon!
 
 
2012
 
Valyn Perini, CEO of OpenTravel, attended PhoCusWright in Scottsdale, AZ on November 13-15, 2012 and was a judge at the 2012 Travel Innovation Summit.  Read her perspective on start-up presentations here on Tnooz.
 
Valyn Perini, CEO of OpenTravel, attended WIT Conference, Web In Travel, in Singapore on October 15-18, 2012, and moderated a session called "Travel for Starters" at the WIT Bootcamp.
 
Bonnie Lowell, OpenTravel's Specification Architect, attended IATA's 19th meeting of the XML Workgroup in Montreal, Canada, on September 24, 2012.  Here is OpenTravel's new model-driven schema solutions presentation presented at that event.
 
Valyn Perini, CEO of OpenTravel, attended EyeForTravel's Travel Distribution Summit, North America, in Las Vegas, NV, on September 13-14, 2012.
 
OpenTravel hosted its first Travel Traction in Las Vegas, NV, on September 12, 2012. 
 
John McQuillan, President of OpenJaw Technologies and OpenTravel Board of Directors member along with Tony Williams, OpenTravel Interoperability Committee Chairman represented OpenTravel at Travel Technology Initiative's Autumn Conference in London, UK, on September 12, 2012.
 
Valyn Perini, CEO of OpenTravel, attended SITA's 2012 Air Transport IT Summit and participated in a panel discussion titled "What Can Your Data Do for You?" on June 21-22, 2012 in Brussels.
 
Valyn Perini, CEO of OpenTravel and HITEC Advisory Council member, participated on two panels entitled Open Standards Become the New Standard and Examining All Sides of the Hotel Distribution Debate at HITEC in Baltimore MD, on June 25-28, 2012.
 
Bonnie Lowell, specification architect at OpenTravel, attended IgniteXML's Canonical Modeling Management Forum on how OpenTravel manages schema information structure in Washington, DC, on May 2012.  Here's a link to the presentation
 
OpenTravel hosted its North American 2012 Advisory Forum in Miami on April 9-12, 2012.
 
2011
 
OpenTravel and TTI present Travel Distribution - All Change at WTM 2011 in London, UK, on November 7-10, 2011, discussing the pressure for industry change, evolve and modernization.  
 
OpenTravel presented Travel Distribution Unleashed at PhoCusWright on November 14, 2011, discussing pressure from traditional trading partners, progressive and imaginative new entrants and the ever-more-demanding traveling public.
 
Valyn Perini, CEO of OpenTravel, attended Web In Travel and participated in a panel discussion titled "I Dream of an Open World" in Singapore on October 21-22, 2011.
 
Valyn Perini, CEO of OpenTravel, attended CASMA in Beijing, China, on October 9, 2011.  The conference aimed to tackle complex distribution issues, share ideas and insights and lead the way for industry-wide collaboration.
 
Valyn Perini, CEO of OpenTravel, attended Datalex's annual conference on Big Ideas for Travel Retail in Dublin, Ireland, on June 2011 for a conference of thought provoking and passionate debate on the future of travel retail.
 
OpenTravel hosted its North American 2011 Advisory Forum in Las Vegas, NV, on April 25-27, 2011.
 
Tony Williams, OpenTravel's Interoperability Committee Chairman, represented OpenTravel at TTI's spring conference, The Social Revolution, in London, UK, on March 24, 2011.
 
 
2010
 
OpenTravel hosted its 2010 European Conference, Evolution of Destination Distribution in London, UK, on November 10, 2010.
 
Tony Williams, OpenTravel's InterOperability Chairman, represented OpenTravel at TTI's Summer Forum focusing on the mobile update, in London, UK, on June 15, 2010.
 
OpenTravel hosted its North American 2010 Advisory Forum in Seattle, WA, on April 27-29, 2010.  

 
 
2009
 
OpenTravel 2009 Chicago Seminar

The Chicago Seminar, held September 15, 2009, was a great success! 
 
 
2008
 
OpenTravel 2008 European Conference

OpenTravel's sold-out inaugural 2008 European Conference was held in London on Tuesday, 5th February 2008.  It was a very productive day for travel industry distribution professionals from around Europe.

Session Presentations

OpenTravel's Role in Travel Technology

John Turato, OpenTravel Board of Directors Chair, VP Technology, Avis Budget Group
Valyn Perini, Executive Director, OpenTravel
John Lambe, OpenTravel Board of Directors Vice-Chair, CTO, OpenJaw Technologies

Getting Started with OpenTravel Schemas

John Lambe, CTO, OpenJaw Technologies
Olivier Lamy, OpenTravel Interfaces Technical Lead, Accor
Darrin Talbot, Platform Technical Architect (ba.com Selling), British Airways

Success Stories

Bobby Healy, CTO, CarTrawler
Malachi Faughnan, CIO, Datalex
Alan Young, Vice President of Sales, IBS Software Services

 

Other Events & Activities 

OpenTravel has an active membership and busy calendar of committee, work group and project team meetings.  A full calendar can be accessed from our wiki.

John Turato, Vice President of Technology for Avis Budget Group talks to ZDNet Editor in Chief about his role as Chairman of the OpenTravel Alliance, and discusses transformation at Avis Budget Group.  Click here to watch!
 
Board member Clay Dickinson of EDS and Valyn Perini, Executive Director, participated in a panel titled Next Gen eBusiness Opportunities and Issues with OpenTravel members Starwood Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental Hotel Group and AltiusPar in New York on November 11, 2007.  Click here for the presentation.
 
John Turato, VP of Technology for Avis Budget Group and chair of the OpenTravel board of directors, participated in a panel at the EyeForTravel Travel Distribution Summit in Chicago on October 10, 2007.  Click here for the presentation.
 
Valyn Perini, Executive Director, gave a speech titled Leveraging Open Standards for Collaborative Commerce at International Union of Railways' (UIC) annual eBusiness Conference in Paris on October 11, 2007.  Click here for the presentation.
 
Valyn Perini, Executive Director, participated in a panel titled How Online Distribution Channels are Driving Adventure Travel Growth with AdventureLink and OpenTravel member Adventure Central at the Adventure Travel World Summit in Whistler, BC on October 6, 2007.  Click here for the presentation.
 
Valyn Perini, Executive Director, participated in a panel titled  The Value of Standards in the Hospitality Industry at HITEC 2007 in Orlando, Florida on June 27, 2007.  Click here for the presentation.

John Turato, VP of Technology for Avis Budget Group and chair of the OpenTravel board of directors, presented a case study titled SOA and Legacy - A Delicate Balance at the Gartner Application Architecture, Development and Integration Summit in Nashville, Tennessee on June 12, 2007.  Click here for the presentation.

Board members Jennifer Ginty, Director of Electronic Distribution at Hyatt and John Lambe, CTO of OpenJaw Technologies, participated in a panel discussion covering multi-lingual websites and the use of OpenTravel messages at HEDNA's meeting in Dublin, Ireland on May 21, 2007.  Click here for the presentation.
 
Valyn Perini, Executive Director, hosted a panel at TravelCom/ResExpo in Las Vegas, NV on April 5, 2007 titled The Role of OpenTravel in the Customer-Driven Marketplace.  Participants included OpenTravel members Viator, Electric Vine and Leonardo.
 
Valyn Perini, Executive Director, spoke at CASMA 2007 North American meeting in Clearwater, FL on March 27, 2007.