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Saturday, April 18 • 11:00am - 11:50am
Smartwatches, the Sharing Economy and Selfie Sticks: Travel Trends in 2015 and Beyond

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Watching the announcement of the Apple Watch, you'd think keyless entry and seamless travel were right around the corner -- but researchers estimate just a third of air travelers will use mobile boarding passes by 2019. So what is hype, and what is reality? Join our panel to hear from destination, tour and industry experts on the trends shaping travel now and in the future.

Takeaways:
- What tech will impact the future of travel, and what will go the way of the beeper
- How destinations are upping their game, from promoting off-season activities to expanded   offerings to foodies
- The kinds of experiences different generations are interested in, from Millennials focused on experiences, to the increasing number of Boomers traveling to volunteer
- What current and upcoming travel trends mean for industry professionals and travelers

Moderators
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Jessica Plautz

@jessicaplautz | Jessica Plautz is the travel editor at Mashable, which covers the ways travel is changing and evolving. Beyond covering the evolution of travel, Jessica seeks to tell stories that reveal how travel shapes the way we experience the world.

Speakers
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Alex Herrmann

Switzerland Tourism
@MySwitzerland_e | Alex Herrmann, a marketing/communications professional, has over 20 years of professional experience in the travel industry as well as in IT. Responsible for Switzerland Tourism in the US and Canada since 2007, he took on the additional responsibility for Brazil as Director Americas in 2011.
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Eric Hrubant

Owner & Chief Travel Planning Officer, CIRE Travel
@CIREtravel | Eric Hrubant owns CIRE Travel, a division of Tzell. He and his handpicked team are like that concierge whose name you’ll never forget. The agency, especially Eric, is known for never-say-never problem solving—from getting change fees waived to rerouting flights in emergency situations like Hurricane Sandy.
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Lindsay Young

Food Tourism Developer, Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance
| Online and offline, my life pretty much revolves around tourism, maps, cheese, wine, languages, running, food, and marketing. | | I have more than eight years of marketing under my belt, including digital and experiential, as well as three years of people management experience. | | I've spent more than five years in a roll-up-your-sleeves, do everything start-up environment, growing teams and making things happen with modest budgets... Read More →


Saturday April 18, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Concert Hall 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

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