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TTI 2017 - Connecting travel startups to travel corporates

TTI 2016 - Travel Tech Israel.  InnoVel's first conference was a great success with over 400 participants. Due to the positive response to our first event,
Innovel is getting ready for the now annual Travel Tech Israel.

TTI 2017 will take place on June 13th and 14th in Tel Aviv, Israel. We are bringing together Startups as well as international and local travel companies for an in depth look at emerging technologies and platforms to optimize & monetize travel businesses around the globe. It consists of a full day conference, followed by half a day of speed dating meetings for travel companies and travel startups and half a day of visits to different institutions of the local ecosystem. It also includes an evening networking event.

Networking is what drives business forward. Travel Tech Israel 2017 allows attendees to meet and connect with experts from Israel and from around the world.

Come and see  before your competitors innovation that is relevant to you and your company.

At TTI, corporations can see the vibrant and talented Israeli startup scene, and find practical solutions for technological problems they have and startups have outstanding opportunities to display their capabilities internationally without leaving Israel.

TTI 2017 will have specific sessions on:

  • International hotel chains 
  • Integrated casino resorts
  • Airlines
  • Smart cities
  • Distribution
  • Global trends in travel tech Innovation

TTI 2017 conference is part of a larger project of attracting resources to the emerging Israeli travel tech startup ecosystem and connect startups with the best travel companies worldwide.

Check out the short video from last year TTI 20016 and subscribe to our YouTube channel to see the panels and startups pitches. Register now for the event and mark your calendar.




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Program highlights

The Program



07:45-   9:00

Registration and Networking


Opening Remarks - Ariel Shapira - Co-Founder Innovel

9:05 - 9:35

Fireside chat - Henry Harteveldt - Travel industry analyst and advisor with Rom Hendler Co-founder Innovel

9:40 - 10:20

Trend, tools, and programs - Everything a travel tech startup needs to know


The travel industry is vast, including various businesses from big hotel chains to shared economy accommodation, from traditional airlines to low cost carriers, from OTAs to meta search, from GDS to corporate travel agencies, and many others.

In this session, we will cover some of the trends in travel technologies. We will look into different programs, financing models, venture capital specialising in travel tech, and tools available for travel tech startups. We will hear from leading travel companies about their current projects, and the kind of solutions they want to see from startups.  


Moderator Rom Hendler - Co-founder Innovel

Michael Frenkel - Marketing partner Thayer Ventures, and President MFC Public Relations ,

Noam Koriat - CIO and Director of Digital and new media at Israeli Ministry of tourism ,

Roy On – Google

Jose Maria Balsco Luis - Economic and Commercial Counsellor Embassy of Spain in Tel Aviv

Guy Horowitz - Partner, Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners

Ilanit Melchior - Tourism Director, The Jerusalem Development Authority

10:25   – 10:55

Startups pitch -Part 1 Moderator Itai Green

11:00   -11:20

Break and Networking

11:25  – 12:05

Flying to the future - Airline panel


Airlines have embraced technology for several decades. At first, as a cost saving tool to increase the industry low margins. However, recently, with the drop of gas prices, innovation is used mostly to drive customer experiences and customer needs.

The airlines has lead other industries as a first adopter of self-service technologies, from booking a ticket to check-in, from choosing a seat to choosing a meal. In this session, we will look into new initiatives and into the challenges that still require new solutions.

 Moderator Henry Harteveldt - Travel industry analyst and advisor

Stephen Scott - Head of Global Innovation at IAG (International Airlines Group UK)

Henry Chen Weinstein - CEO Cockpit Innovation (El Al)

Gil Don - CEO and Co-founder Splitit

Jan-Peter Gaense Lufthansa Systems


12:10 - 12:40

Startups pitch -Part 2 Moderator Itai Green

12:40 - 13:40

Lunch and Networking

13:40  – 14:30

From “location, location, location” to “experience, experience, experience”


The discussion on the shared economy accommodation business model focuses mainly on issues of demand/supply and declining yields, missing the larger and most important matter of the guest-host relationship.

In this session, executives from international chains will discuss how they provide unique, authentic, and personalized experiences within their properties. They will explain the role of technology to deliver those experiences, and look into how to improve the one on one relationship with guests. The session will also cover changes and challenges in revenue management and distribution.

Moderator Ilanit Melchior - Tourism Director, The Jerusalem Development Authority

Vineet Gupta -  Group Deputy CIO, Technology Services Accor Hotels

Brennan Veys - Senior Manager Corporate Strategy at Hilton Worldwide

Idan Edry - CEO Trustifi, Las Vegas

Gil Harel -



14:35 – 14:50

Travel Tech innovation - Why is it so difficult? Rom Hendler - Co-Founder Innovel

14:50  – 15:30

The evolving landscape of 3rd party distribution and alternative accommodation


We will hear from the largest and most competitive third parties about the type of innovation they seek, and examine the trends and challenges in distribution. In addition, we will take a closer look into how technology impacts the relationship with customers and suppliers, and particularly the type of innovation needed in media management and CRM/loyalty programs.

We will discuss their love/hate relationship with the supplier and how they see such relationship evolve in the future.


Moderator Sharon Landes Fischer - Head of Strategy at Tel Aviv Global & Tourism

Brian Batista - Head of Global Partnerships at,

Mike Ferguson - Senior Business Development Manager Partnership at Skyscanner,

Andrew Verbitsky - General Manager Central and Eastern Europe at Airbnb,

Fernando Ramiro - Global Head of Commercial Advertising at Amadeus IT group

Fornova GuyGaash Senior Director of Business Development

Kilian Maxwell Customer Insights Manager Hostelworld Group




15:30 – 16:30




When & where

Accommodation in Tel Aviv

InnoVel negotiated a limited number of discounted rooms at the hotel ROTHSCHILD 22, on Tel Aviv’s renowned Rothschild Boulevard.
Our negotiated rates for a Deluxe room are:

Single Occupancy: $185 (Includes breakfast for one)
Double Occupancy: $205 (Includes breakfast for two)

Rate includes:

WIFI access at hotel rooms and public areas
Entrance to the luxurious business lounge
Entrance to the nearest fitness center
Complimentary bottle of water
Welcome amenities in room upon arrival
Coffee/tea kit & Nespresso Machine in the room

In order to reserve your room, please email or with your full name, date of arrival and departure, and total number of nights, stating the group code 20743.


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Sderot Sha'ul HaMelech 19, Tel Aviv-Yafo

Tel Aviv-Yafo ,  Israel

Tuesday, 13 June, 2017

event time 08:30 -16:00

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