Five Things Not to Miss at Travel Technology Europe Next Month

Travel Technology Europe (TTE) is the leading event in Europe in the travel technology space. Held annually in London, this year’s show is set to be another valuable opportunity for travel industry professionals to network, discover tech solutions to unlock the full potential of your business, and learn more about the latest innovations, products and suppliers to support your business objectives.

With over 6,000 attendees and two days packed full of education sessions and networking opportunities, perusing the agenda can seem a bit daunting for even a veteran attendee. To help, we’ve put together a list of the top five things not to miss during this year’s event:

  1. Attend the TTE Disrupt Awards – Innovation Pitch Live
    Always one of the most entertaining and informative sessions at TTE, the 2019 Disrupt Awards features a Dragons’ Den/Shark Tank style pitch session where finalists will have an opportunity to present their innovation on stage at the show in front of a panel of judges. Held in the Innovation Theatre, the session will take place on Wednesday, 20 February at 16:00 – 17:00. Check out the 2019 Shortlist here.
  2. Meet with TTE Exhibitors
    Scheduling appointments with TTE exhibitors gives attendees a unique, one-on-one opportunity to meet with over 120 travel technology suppliers offering potential solutions for your organisation. View the full list of TTE exhibitors here and make sure to schedule a time to meet with the Cornerstone team at stand T95.
  3. Take Advantage of Expert-Led Education Sessions
    TTE education sessions are crafted to not only provide inspiring content from industry experts but provide attendees with actionable solutions to everyday challenges. From ways to navigate changes due to NDC to utilising voice recognition technology, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT), the conference programme provides a wide range of topics coupled with a depth of speaker knowledge that make the sessions a “can’t miss” for any driven industry professional. Mark your calendars for Monday, 20 February from 13:00 – 13:45 for a session on Operationalising NDC and Tuesday, 21 February from 11:15 – 12:00 for A Look into the Future of Travel, both in the Innovation Theatre, featuring Cornerstone CEO Mat Orrego. Plan out all of the sessions you want to attend in advance by viewing the full conference programme here
  4. Stop by the Business Travel Show
    TTE is co-located in Olympia London with the Business Travel Show, and when you register for TTE, your pass will include free entry to the Business Travel Show. The Business Travel Show is the largest event in Europe for corporate travel buyers, and is aimed at those who book, buy or manage business travel. For more information on the Business Travel Show, visit their website here.
  5. Make the Most of Networking Opportunities
    Networking opportunities abound at TTE. It’s not only a great event to catch up with industry friends but connect with speakers and welcome new entrants as well. Not everyone is a natural networker, so if you’re at a loss for topics to discuss, try asking one of the following questions to break the ice:

    • What’s the most interesting thing you saw on the floor today?
    • What drew you to this session this morning/afternoon?
    • What are you most looking forward to at TTE? 

In general, making the most out of TTE comes down to being organized. Make sure to review the conference programme, set appointments with exhibitors you want to meet, and plan any additional meetings well in advance. The time to start preparing for TTE is now – so make a note of the five opportunities above and you’ll be sure to hit the ground running later this month in London.

The Case for Millennial-Friendly Travel Policies

 

By Mat Orrego, CEO of Cornerstone Information Systems

Cornerstone’s CEO, Mat Orrego, recently wrote a LinkedIn post on the reasons to consider Millennial-friendly travel policies. Mat posits that Millennials got a bad rap – but he finds they are inspired, tech-savvy, and creative employees.

When it comes to business travel policy for Millennials, it’s important to understand the economic environment Millennials grew up in. Mat discusses the effects The Great Recession had on Millennials and the way they have come to view jobs, homes, and money.

Mat writes, “They saw the devastating effects not only on their families, many of which lost their savings and some of which lost their homes but also on their own debt. Most of them left college with hefty loans and weren’t able to find employment after having done ‘all the right things.’ As a result, they are creative free thinkers with an entrepreneurial spirit and a penchant for finding great deals.”

In his LinkedIn post, Mat walks through a few specific and tactical travel policies that can make a big difference. With a short tenure at their companies and a high cost of replacement, companies would do well to build policies that help employees work most effectively while taking behavioral traits into account. A travel policy can have a very real impact on company loyalty.

As Mat says, “I can’t overstate the importance of giving this issue attention now. Anything companies can do to increase retention among millennials benefits the bottom line in the long term. Fortunately, creating a culture that engages millennials is almost certain to increase innovation and make for a happier staff in general, regardless of age.”

Check out his post here.

 

About Mat Orrego

As CEO of Cornerstone, Mat Orrego is passionate about helping clients solve the complex travel-technology issues of today’s operations and fulfillment processes. He believes in investing in relationships and helping his clients stay focused on managing and growing their businesses. After earning his degree in finance from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, Mat began his career in the financial services industry in 1985. Later, he joined Gant Travel Management where he spent four years working with front- and back-office operations. At Gant, he developed a core understanding of how technology can make a business more efficient and profitable. In 1992, Mat’s entrepreneurial spirit drove him to define success on his own terms by founding Cornerstone Information Systems. He is also an active investor in companies both in and outside the travel industry. Interest ranging from food manufacturing, real-estate development, professional sport teams, to working with other angle investors to help grow early stage companies.  Mat also works with various non-profit, micro-lending organizations that benefit entrepreneurs in third-world countries.