NEW FOR 2018: Serviced Apartment Summit Europe has teamed up with Buying Business Travel to offer a bespoke half day 'debate style' agenda for corporate travel bookers / buyers and Executive assistants exclusively as part of the event, hosted by Serviced Apartment News.
If you’re looking to understand and introduce serviced apartments, extended stay / aparthotels and short term rentals into your travel programme or they are already part of your travel or mobility programme, regardless of your volume of spend, the Travel Buyer Forum is the event for you.
Fast becoming a mainstream hospitality accommodation option, don't miss the opportunity to join your industry colleagues on the morning of July 11th to help upskill your knowledge in this rapidly evolving sector before you get left behind.
Quick-fire debate topics include distribution, guest experience and how to extract best value from a regional, national and global apartment programme.
Attending the event also gives you complimentary access to Serviced Apartment Summit Europe over the 2 days, and the opportunity to make pre-arranged appointments with lots of quality service apartment providers attending.
To request your travel buyer ticket(s) email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +44 (0)20 8340 7989.
No cost overnight accommodation available on application.
Provisional agenda - hosted by Mark Harris, Travel Intelligence Network and Chris Pouney, Sevenside Consulting
08:30 - 09:30 Networking breakfast and debate: The best way to buy - direct or indirect
Operator, TMC, Serviced Apartment Agent and corporates debate the pro’s & con’s of direct booking within a managed programme and why choice of distribution channel matters
09:30 - 10:15 MAIN ROOM: Welcome, review and outlook
Piers Brown, CEO, IHM welcomes everybody. Piers reviews the last 12 months and looks to the future in conversation with industry leaders:
Technology and distribution
Corporate buyer - Jan Jacobsen, Global Accommodation Manager, AIG
10:15 - 10:45 Whose beds are your travellers sleeping in?
Debate: what’s wrong and right with the hybrid operator/agent model? Does it matter than operators cross-sell each other’s products? The session will look at what corporates need and whether that need is being met.
10:45 - 11:00 Coffee at the genius bar and exhibition
Go see your expert at the genius bar, and take a look at the exhibitors
11:00 - 11:45 What should the guest experience look like
There’s lots of talk about Guest Experience, but what does best practice look like, who delivers it, and does it matter anyway? One speaker will put the case that value for money is always top priority.
11:45 - 12:30 Short term rentals - travel buyers friends or foes?
Debate: Airbnb is gaining traction in business travel, so why can’t serviced apartment operators accept they are here to stay? Two travel buyers with contrasting views will lead the debate on whether the disruptors have a place in managed travel.
12:30 - 13:00 Serviced Apartments 2025
Corporate buyers, operators and agents put forward their future visions for what serviced apartments, extended stay / aparthotels, short term rental products and amenities should look like by 2025, how they will be sourced and how the supply chain will benefit.
13:00 - 14:15 Discovery lunch
Discover something useful for your business and engage with our exhibitors
14:15 onwards Free time to discover more at Serviced Apartment Summit Europe
- Discover brands’ plans for future product, amenity and guest experience innovation
- Debate the best ways to leverage incremental savings
- Explain what operators need to do differently or better to win more business
- Share best practice and solutions with other travel managers and bookers
- Debate how serviced apartments, aparthotels and short term rentals need to evolve to meet business users' needs
- Save time and control your appointment schedule
No cost tickets are exclusively for travel buyers and executive assistants who book corporate travel.
All other attendees wishing to access this event will be required to purchase the premium SAS Europe ticket(s) to gain admittance.