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Web In Travel supports The Heritage Race

The first Heritage Race is co-organized in Singapore with the Ramada & Days Hotels Singapore at Zhongshan Park . To be held June 12, the half-day event  is designed to put “a rainbow” in the lives of the aged residents who live in the Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home. Proceeds from the race, will go towards folks who are part of Singapore’s heritage. 

Held as part of the Singapore Tourism Board’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2014, the Heritage Race will be supported by the STB as well as other industry partners including the National Heritage Board.

The race will begin at 12 noon at the Ramada Singapore ballroom where participants will convene and be briefed about the rules of the race. The race covers a route around the Balestier Heritage Trail and participants will have to uncover 20 identified heritage sites in the district. Each participant will be given a guide and a map. The key objective is to visit as many of the 20 heritage attractions identified in the Balestier Heritage Trail as possible and to collect stamps along the way as proof of visitation. (Details of the race will be announced closer to the date).

The race is open to anyone – travel industry professionals, locals or tourists – interested in uncovering local heritage stories in Singapore for a good cause.

You can sign up as individual participants (S$30 per person) or groups and you’ll be given passports with the 20 spots on the Balestier Heritage Trail, curated by Ramada and the National Heritage Board, and all you have to do is visit each stop, get a stamp and first three to finish win cash prizes.

The first three teams to finish the race with the most number of attractions visited win. The first prize will win S$1,800, second S$1,000 and third prize S$500.

the organizers are looking for volunteers and participants. So if you feel like being “a rainbow in someone’s cloud” on June 12, come join in. Get your companies to make it a HR day and let’s all learn about the rich heritage of Balestier and make someone else’s life richer as well.

WIT thanks sponsors and partners for coming onboard this inaugural race.

Sign up here

Learn about the race here.

Web In Travel is a community for anyone passionate about travel technology, distribution and marketing. This basically means if you love travel, and if you are a bit of a technology freak in terms of wanting to understand how technology is changing travel, you are one of us.

We provide news through our website and social feeds, and run events that are strong in content and different in style and delivery. We launched our first event in 2005 and have been spreading learning through events in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Australia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Our events include the flagship WIT Conference, WIT Japan, WIT Indonesia, WITX – Women Redefining Travel, WIT Bootcamp for start-ups and investors and WIT Summercamp, our coaching event for young professionals and entrepreneurs.

Our purpose is to take your mind to new places so that together, we can accelerate travel innovation.

http://www.webintravel.com

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All-star cast of founders and top brands assembled for WIT Dubai

A cast of top speakers, blending global and local expertise, has been
assembled for the inaugural Web In Travel Middle
East
to be held at the Sofitel The Palm
Resort and Spa
in Dubai on March 26-27.

The all-star cast includes
founders of some of the top online travel companies in the world namely
Trivago’s co-founder and CEO Rolf Schromgens, MakeMyTrip’s co-founder Keyur
Joshi, South Africa-based Travelstart’s founder Stephan Ekbergh and Travel.jp’s
co-founder & CEO, Kei Shibata.

Leading brands such as Google, Expedia, Skyscanner, Accor,
hotelscombined and Singapore’s Wego are also represented.

With a WIT signature being a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation,
the first WIT Middle East will also blend the global insights of top
entrepreneurs from around the world with leading players in the region’s
burgeoning start-up scene.

Fritz Demopoulos, a co-founder of Qunar, China’s leading travel search
engine and one of Asia’s biggest start-up success stories, will share a global
bird’s eye view of start-up trends. Since exiting Qunar after selling to Baidu,
Demopoulos is an active investor and advisor in start-ups around the world.

Giving his take on the start-up scene in the Middle East is Paul Kenny, founder
and CEO of e-commerce website Cobone, and travel website Triperna. Kenny, along
with Arya Bolurfrushan, recently set up Emerge Ventures, a fund for early-stage
investments in the region’s technology companies.

Emerge
Ventures recently closed its first investment fund MENA Fund I and has made its
first three investments within the UAE – The Impact Hub – a collaborative
incubator and co-working space to open in Souk al Bahar, Dubai; Lumba – a
Silicon Valley-based mobile gaming company focused on the Arabic-speaking
world; and Elevision – a new digital media network that broadcasts news,
information and advertisements from screens inside the lifts of premier towers
in the UAE.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to learn from the mistakes made
and lessons learnt from local start-ups such as Albert Dias, co-founder,
marketing & technology Director, Musafir.com, Girma Wossenseged, managing
director, EmiratesYoo.com by Kuoni Travel and Pieter Sleeboom, co-founder and
COO, Triperna.com.

“A key signature of WIT events is the blending
of global knowledge and local insights to create a true exchange of learning
for both overseas and local delegates,” said Yeoh Siew Hoon, editor and
founder of the Singapore-based WIT, which also
holds events in Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia and across the
region.

Visit Britain, Tourism Queensland and the Singapore Tourism Board will be
represented in a session about “The Outbound Promise: Understanding the Middle
East traveler” alongside local experts including Nasiruddin Mohammed Shafiq,
general manager, Regency Travel and Tours, Francis Dharmai, head of tourism, Al
Tayyar Travel Group and Mohamed Jassim Al Rais, deputy managing director, Al
Rais Tours and Holidays.

Hospitality brands with specialist knowledge such as Trust
International, a leading name in hotel distribution and Circos Brand Karma,
social media analytics and digital marketing firm, will bring their unique
insights to the first event in the Middle East to focus on travel marketing,
distribution and technology.

And with aviation playing such a vital role in the Middle East travel
promise, airlines and airports will be a key part of the agenda. Confirmed thus
far are Abdul
Wahab Teffaha, Secretary General, Arab Air Carriers Organization, Sameer Poonja,
Head of Digital Technologies, Emirates, Lewis Naim, head of marketing and brand
management, Dubai Airports and Cengiz Dirgimenci, online sales and marketing
manager for Turkish Airlines.

This is WIT’s first Middle East edition in recognition of the booming
online and ecommerce opportunity in travel.

“More speakers are being confirmed as we enter the new Year and we are excited
about kicking off WIT’s 10th anniversary with our first conference
in one of the world’s most exciting and untapped regions when it comes to
online travel,” said Siew Hoon.

Click here for
the programme

Register here

About Web In Travel (WIT)

Web In Travel is a community for anyone passionate about travel technology, distribution and marketing. This basically means if you love travel, and if you are a bit of a technology freak in terms of wanting to understand how technology is changing travel, you are one of us.

We provide news through our website and social feeds, and run events that are strong in content and different in style and delivery. We launched our first event in 2005 and have been spreading learning through events in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Australia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Our events include the flagship WIT Conference, WIT Japan, WIT Indonesia, WITX – Women Redefining Travel, WIT Bootcamp for start-ups and investors and WIT Summercamp, our coaching event for young professionals and entrepreneurs.

Our purpose is to take your mind to new places so that together, we can accelerate travel innovation.

To get in touch with us, please contact:

Gerry Pang         +65 979 77730 / +66 87 887 6623 gerry@webintravel.com

Angeline Rivera  +971 4 298 1775 angeline@webintravel.com

www.webintravel.com

Seven Start-ups to Pitch at Web In Travel’s (WIT) Bootcamp

01 Oct 2013 – SINGAPORE – Seven start-ups have been selected to pitch live at the Web In Travel (WIT) Bootcamp on October 21, 2013 for the chance to be crowned Web In Travel’s Start-Up of the Year 2013. The seven semi-finalists – Grata, Voyagin, BeMyGuest, Ikut Ikut, Trip38, Travelatus and CherryPickedTravel– were shortlisted by a judging panel from a record 20 entries received for this year’s start-up competition, now in its fourth year.

Say’s Yeoh Siew Hoon, WIT’s Producer, “It’s been encouraging to see the growth in interest in travel by both entrepreneurs and investors. When we first started our Pitch, it was difficult to convince entrepreneurs to one, even think of travel and two, to share their ideas in a public forum but in the last 24 months, we’ve seen a pick-up in momentum in interest, ideas and deals.”
She added “What is exciting is to see the confluence between the growth of travel and the evolution of digital in Asia and I believe the intersection of the two will open up new pathways and opportunities to the smart, bold and innovative.”

While last year’s Start Up Pitch attracted an abundance of social-based models, this year’s list is a mix of curated models, activities plays and mobile-only propositions; reflecting how travel is changing and demonstrating where entrepreneurs see an opportunity to insert themselves into the travel value chain.  

The semi-finalists originate from Australia, China, Indonesia, Singapore, India and Europe. Of the seven, three finalists will be picked at the WIT Bootcamp to go on to the Grand Finals on October 23, 2013 and pitch in front of an esteemed panel of judges at the WIT Conference. The winner will be announced at the closing of the event.

Start-ups that have made their debut at WIT over the years – among them, Singapore-based Flocations and Travelogy and last year’s Start-Up winner Trippiece, from Japan have had encouraging success. Each has received funding and now faces hard work to build up sustainable businesses. 

Last week, one of the WIT Start-Up alumni FlexTrip, a Tours and activities player was acquired by Nor1, Inc. the technology leader in upsell solutions in a move considered to be a nod to the growing interest in the tours and activities space. 

ABOUT WITWeb In Travel (WIT) is a successful conference and community that discusses distribution, marketing and technology in the travel, hospitality and tourism industries. WIT has a reputation of facilitating start-ups and innovation. The theme of the conference this year is “The Asia Factor” which will examine the trends that are changing travel and Asia, the new models that are emerging and evolving, the new players that are changing the game and space and the markets and customers that are emerging in what is the Golden Age of Asia Travel.        

“Midas touch” investor joins judges for the annual Web In Travel conference’s Start-Up Pitch

26 Aug 2013 – SINGAPORE – Jixun Foo, the Singapore-born-and-educated managing partner of GGV Capital, based in Shanghai, will join a panel of judges for the WIT Start-Up Pitch 2013, powered by Abacus Ventures, at the 9th edition of the Web In Travel conference held at Suntec from 21-23 October 2013.

Foo is known for his “Midas Touch” – he was ranked 11th on “The Midas List 2007” by Forbes and has been annually awarded one of “Best Venture Capitalists” by Forbes China since 2006. In 2012, he was recognized as one of the Top 10 Venture Capitalists by Zero2IPO and also named to the 2012 Venture Capital 100 by Always-On. He was one of the first to invest in Baidu when he was a director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson ePlanet Ventures. He joined GGV in 2006 and the company has US$1.6 billion capital across four funds.

Today, he serves on the board of directors for Qunar, Youku-Tudou (NYSE: YOKU), Tujia, MediaV, and Douguo. He is also very actively involved with Meilishuo.com, UCWeb, AAC Technologies, Chaoli and Meihua (600873.SS).

As a venture capitalist focusing on the Internet and mobile sectors, Jixun Foo is interested in anything that disrupts and as such, he is keeping an eagle eye on mobile. He is particularly interested in travel due to the size and complexity of the industry which lends itself well to disruption. “Travel is a very interesting space. It’s huge. Everyone loves to travel. It’s fragmented. It needs sorting out,” he said.

He added “mobile first” models were particularly interesting, because consumer behaviour was changing so fast with mobile devices. “Each of us has several devices now,” Foo says, as he points to his array of gadgets. “A traveller, when he lands at a destination, needs help with knowing where to stay, what to do and what to see. Mobile devices lend themselves nicely to this need”.

As part of Foo’s personal mission to nurture entrepreneurship and innovation in Singapore, he’s part of a team of angel investors that looks to help start-ups find their feet. For instance, he is on the board of Flocations, the marketplace for tour packages.

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Notes to editors:

  • To enter, startups can submit their entries at http://www.webintravel.com. The deadline for submissions is August 31.
  • Interviews with the speakers mentioned may be arranged. Please contact our press relations officer at the contact details below.

About the WIT Start Up Pitch Judging Panel

New members of the panel of judges include Rei Kawano, Analyst with Gree Ventures, who focuses on consumer internet in South East Asia. She is currently working closely with three companies: BerryBenka – Indonesian fashion eCommerce, Luxola – Singapore-based beauty eCommerce and UrbanIndo – Indonesian real estate online market place.

And Anurag Srivastava, Managing Partner of Jungle Ventures, an early investor in Travelmob, for which he has since exited with the acquisition by HomeAway, will also join the panel this year.

Returning to the panel are Fritz Demopoulous, CEO of Queen’s Road Capital, and Kei Shibata, CEO of Venture Republic, Japan. Demopoulous has set up his own fund following his successful exit from Qunar which sold to Baidu and has been making investments in travel start-ups in emerging markets. Shibata, whose company recently sold its shopping comparison site, coneco.net, to Yahoo! Japan, has also set up a subsidiary in Singapore to scour for travel start-up opportunities in emerging markets.

The Competition

The judges pick from a shortlist of candidates who pitch live to conference delegates and the judging panel at the Grand Finals at the WIT Conference, October 22-23. Travel startup companies 0-3 years, are encouraged to register. They first workshop their ideas with mentors, then pitch against each other at the WIT Bootcamp on October 21, preceding the main conference.

This year’s WIT Start-Up Pitch is powered by Abacus Ventures, which is making strategic investments in travel. Abacus Ventures director Rani Francois Marie-Saad will also a member of the judging panel.

“More names are being added to the panel. What we want is to put together a panel that represents the most astute minds in investment, entrepreneurship and e-commerce, and people who are passionate about travel. These judges also believe in coaching and mentoring start-ups,” said Yeoh Siew Hoon, editor and founder of WIT.

Success

The WIT Bootcamp in 2013 will feature a panel of the Start-Up Pitch winners of previous years. Last year’s winner, Trippiece, a social travel planning site in Japan, recently received US$2 million funding and will be expanding in Southeast Asia.

About Web In Travel

Web In Travel (WIT) is a successful conference and community that discusses distribution, marketing and technology in the travel, hospitality and tourism industries. WIT has a reputation of facilitating start-ups and innovation. The theme of the conference this year is “The Asia Factor” which will examine the trends that are changing travel and Asia, the new models that are emerging and evolving, the new players that are changing the game and space and the markets and customers that are emerging in what is the Golden Age of Asia Travel.

Grooviest Start-Up to be recognised at WIT Bootcamp

SINGAPORE – Up to 10 entrepreneurs will pitch their business ideas to a panel of investors and mentors during the WIT Bootcamp: Entrepreneurship & Innovation held on Oct 17, as part of the annual Web In Travel conference.

The WIT Start-Up Gallery, supported by BANSEA (Business Angel Network of Southeast Asia), will surface a string of new start-ups in the digital travel space with entries from Australia, US, China and Singapore.

The winner, “Grooviest Start-Up”, will be announced on Oct 19 during the main WIT Conference by the panel of judges which includes investors and business leaders from the US, Europe, China and South-east Asia.

Other innovators will also be recognised at the WIT Conference which is launching its inaugural WITovation Awards 2011. In line with its theme, “Find Your Groove”, winners will be announced in these categories – Social Groover, Mobile Mover, Groove Specialista, Customer Lover and Groovy Marketer of the Year.

Presented by Amadeus Asia, the awards are by nominations only and judging is done by a selected panel of experts.

THack@WIT

Apart from the Bootcamp, the WIT Conference, in its seventh edition, has expanded this year to include a new event – THack@WIT, Asia’s first open travel hackathon being organized in partnership with travel technology news website, Tnooz.

The 24-hour hacking event for developers, sponsored by Abacus as the exclusive GDS and Expedia Affiliate Network, will take place at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa & Spa, Siloso 4, on Oct 16-17, the Sunday before the WIT Bootcamp and Conference kick off.

THack is Tnooz’s unique event which brings together travel industry APIs and the development community to brainstorm and create new digital travel products and web or mobile-based tools.

Developers from across the travel, tourism and hospitality industry are welcome to attend, as well as engineers and technicians from local academic institutions in the region. The event is free for developers to attend and participate.

WIT Conference

Meanwhile, the main two-day conference on Oct 18 and 19 is on track to attract close to 500 travel and tourism leaders keen to debate and learn about the fastest growing segment of travel in the fastest growing travel market in the world.

Up to 80 speakers will convene under the WIT umbrella to discuss leading edge trends such as mobile, social media, group deals and learn about how changing customer behaviour is impacting in markets such as China, India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Japan.

“Disruption is taking place at all fronts – from the economy to natural disasters to technology and changing customer behaviour. WIT will be the place to focus thought leadership in how companies can navigate their way through this disruptive, confusing landscape,” said Yeoh Siew Hoon, Founder and Editor of Web In Travel.

The WIT Conference takes place alongside ITB Asia at Suntec City 18-19 October 2011.

ABOUT WEB IN TRAVEL
 
WIT-Web In Travel is Asia’s leading travel distribution, marketing and technology conference. 2011 is the seventh year the conference will be run. It was started by journalist Yeoh Siew Hoon.
 
WIT is different to traditional conferences in terms of content, delivery and attitude. The content is deep, rich and meaningful. The delivery is varied, diverse and impactful. The conference has an attitude that challenges speakers to be at their best – no sales speeches and platitudes, but provoking and thinking – and delegates to question, discuss, debate and challenge. With each WIT, the conversation gets better and the discussion more interactive.
 
In 2007, WIT introduced questions by SMS and allowed audience voting by SMS as well for best debators, best speakers and best pitches. In 2010, WIT, in association with Circos Brand Karma, built a interactive Q&A platform using Twitter for the conference. We are using technology to reach out to an ever widening network of colleagues with similar passion, engaging them through Facebook, Twitter, blogs, podcasts, newsletters and micro events, WIT*e – Inspiration & Mentoring networking forums, leading up to the main conference to be held on the 18-19 October, 2011 at Suntec City in Singapore.