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ENGAGE! Webinar Series

Travel buyer webinar series in the lead-up to the live event.

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Like the curated ENGAGE! event itself, the webinars bring together the very best from across the travel-buying industry and provide a no-cost digital platform for industry leaders to ‘engage’, look to the future and challenge the status quo with their peers, through the sharing of knowledge, live debates and Q&As. The topics offer a snapshot of what’s to come at the ‘live’ event, hosted as part of the URBAN LIVING FESTIVAL 2020: stay-live-work, November 25-26, Tobacco Dock, London. For more information see here.

You're invited to join host Mark Harris, Director, Travel Intelligence Network as he welcomes travel buyers, TMC's, relocation and accommodation providers to 'engage' on the topics below:

Thursday July 9th, 11.00 - 12 noon BST: Travel buyers v travel sellers – who wins?

Will it be a buyers’ or sellers’ business travel market post-COVID? With volumes potentially decimated, will corporates who are willing to invest in travel hold the upper hand?

Host: Mark Harris, Director, Travel Intelligence Network in conversation with

1. Steve Banks, Capita Travel & Events
2. Linda Anderson, Commerial Management, Beazley Group
3. Tony Matharu, Chairman and Founder, Blue Orchid Hotels
4. Youlia Ouzounova, VP Business Development, GHS Global Hospitality

You will learn

  • How quickly will business travel bounce back
  • How corporates’ and suppliers’ priorities will change – or not
  • How supressed demand held over from meetings & events postponed due to COVID will affect pricing
  • How buyers and sellers can work together to maximise post-pandemic recovery

Watch the recording HERE

Thursday 23rd July, 11.00 – 12 noon BST, Has video killed the meetings star?

Video conferencing has become the norm, but with lockdown gradually easing, what does the future hold for the meetings sector?

Anne Golden, General Manager, Pan Pacific London (tbc)

Paul Hussey, Conference Doctor

You will learn:

  • How corporate travellers will integrate virtual conferencing into their meetings programmes
  • How to instil confidence in workers cautious of attending face-to-face meetings
  • How meeting planners will decide between virtual vs physical meeting
  • The role suppliers can play in maintaining that delicate balance

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Thursday 6th August, 11.00 – 12 noon BST, Hotels, serviced apartments, co-living / BTR, short term rentals – what’s the best option?

Despite fragmentation in the accommodation market, many travel managers are unaware of the choice of options available, the benefits they offer, or how to source them.

Bernadette Basterfield, Travel Buyer, GE (tbc)

Jo Layton, CAP Worldwide

Steve Lowy, CEO, Anglo Educational and The Residence.

Doros Theodorou, CCO, MEININGER Hotels (tbc)

You will learn:

  • The differences between hotels, serviced accommodation, student housing / co-living, hostels and short term rentals.
  • Where each option could fit in your accommodation programme.
  • Where to find them
  • What accommodation offering provides the ideal environment for co-working

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Thursday 20th August, 11.00 – 12 noon BST, Cleaning up our act – corporate sustainability.

Employees have to ‘do the right thing’ during lockdown, so they expect their employers to do the same. Post COVID-19, will corporates re-assess their approach to sustainability and 'profit with purpose' within travel and mobility programmes?

Mervin Moonien, Travel Buyer, CITI (tbc)

Clive Wratten, CEO, Business Travel Association

You will learn:

  • How important will sustainability and 'profit with purpose' be?
  • What will “doing the right thing” look like?
  • What corporate travel buyers will expect from their suppliers
  • What corporate accommodation options are best suited for safe, clean environments that optimise travellers’ well-being and productivity

Learn More

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ENGAGE! Webinar Series

"This is a wonderful conference. Coming from the US, it gives us exposure to operators and potential partners here in Europe that we wouldn’t normally have access to. We’re looking for some likeminded partners and there are some really great ones here at the conference."

Ken Brown, VP global solutions, Furnished Quarters

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