TravelConnect

October 11-12, 2018

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, MD
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Hear from travel industry leaders on why TravelConnect is one of the most valuable conferences they attend each year. With sessions on technology, brand and innovation, TravelConnect sparks meaningful conversations about the future of travel.

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From distribution trends to disruptive technology and innovative business models, the content at TravelConnect 2018 was full of actionable insights. View some of the key takeaways from 2018’s conference.

TravelConnect 2018 Recap

Hear from travel industry leaders on why TravelConnect is one of the most valuable conferences they attend each year. With sessions on technology, brand and innovation, TravelConnect sparks meaningful conversations about the future of travel.
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HUMANITY + TECHNOLOGY: EMERGING TRENDS IN AIR TRAVEL

TravelConnect 2018 featured dynamic discussions on emerging technology — including AI, robotics, predictive analytics, virtual reality and data-driven personalization.
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ARC’S "BOB CRANDALL STORY"

The American Airlines legend sat down for an intimate, “Anything Goes” interview with PlaneBusiness Banter’s Holly Hegeman.
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MEET THE CUSTOMER OF THE FUTURE

How Emerging Technologies, Forward-Thinking Business Models and Data Intelligence are Transforming the Customer Experience for the Modern-Day Traveler.
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BREAKOUT PRESENTATIONS

Travel leaders from around the globe met to discuss the new strategies, perspectives and disruptive technologies that are shaping the future of the travel industry.
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ARC Awards

Each year, ARC honors an airline and travel agency for exceptional work that drives our industry forward. We are proud to announce our winners for 2018.

Airline Representatives of the Year

American Airlines

American Airlines Sales and Distribution Strategy Teams

Over the past year, these airline teams have worked together with travel agencies to create a mutually beneficial, win/win NDC incentive program. To encourage NDC adoption, this airline took a fresh approach that compensates travel agencies for each flight segment booked using an approved NDC connection.

“They are at the forefront of this. Their strategy has been right from the onset. They want to collaborate and build this together.” – FROSCH Travel

Travel Agency Representative of the Year

Robbi Jumaa Hamida

Senior Vice President, Nexion

With more than 20 years of experience in the travel industry, Robbi’s extensive expertise, collaborative spirit and inclusive leadership have created an enduring impact on the global air travel community. Robbi has been an active and engaged contributor to TravelConnect, the Debit Memo Working Group and other key industry groups.

“As a member of the DMWG, he is a champion for travel agencies, dedicated to finding solutions that create significant opportunities — not only for his fellow agents, but for the entire value chain. His leadership efforts have helped the group create attainable, big-picture goals that benefit the entire industry.” – Paige Blunt, ARC

President's Award

Dave Hilfman

Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales, United Airlines

For decades, Dave Hilfman has exemplified unifying leadership in the air travel community, creating strong business relationships and accelerating global progress. An industry icon, Dave is renowned for his customer focus and collaborative approach to problem-solving. ARC is proud to name Dave Hilfman as the inaugural winner of the ARC President's Award.

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