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Episode 1: No Flight, No Road – The Battle To Open Borders

March 25, 6:00PM-8:00PM (Singapore Time, GMT+8)
Broadcast Venue: Marina Bay Sands Hybrid Broadcast Studio
Episode 1
2021-03-25
18:00 - 18:10
Let The Road Trip Begin
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Yeoh Siew Hoon
Founder
WiT
Let The Road Trip Begin image
Maunik Thacker
Senior Vice President, Marketing
Marina Bay Sands
18:10 - 18:15
The Wrap: Waiting To Fly

Borders in Asia Pacific are still closed despite the fact that countries in the region have been most successful in fighting the pandemic. In 2020, air travel was at 5% of 2019 levels and the first quarter of 2021 feels like the fifth quarter, flat as can be. When airlines are stuck, travel is too. A quick overview of where the airline and travel industry is after a year of no travel.

18:15 - 18:45
Spotlight: Aviation, After a Year of No Travel: Are Travel Passes The Key & What Does Recovery Look Like?

Travel/health passes/passports are being touted as the key that could unlock cross-border air travel, and a plethora of solutions are being offered, from associations as well as private sector entities. Will there be one pass to rule them all or several to confuse us all? We look at the critical role of passes in giving governments the confidence to reopen borders. Plus, an overview of the industry, a year on, where is the airline industry headed, what lessons have we learnt, how is it preparing for the rebound?

 

Moderator:

 

Yeoh Siew Hoon
Founder
WiT

 

 

Panel:
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Vinoop Goel
Regional Director, Airports & External Relations
International Air Transport Association (IATA)
Spotlight: Aviation, After a Year of No Travel: Are Travel Passes The Key & What Does Recovery Look Like? image
Subhas Menon
Director General
Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA)
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Steve Saxon
Expert Partner, Shenzhen
McKinsey & Company
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Julie Kyse
Vice President, Global Air Partnerships
Expedia Group
18:45 - 19:05
Campfire Chat: Vaccines and What Do They Mean To Cross-Border Travel in Asia

In this one-on-one, we ask a medical expert, who’s been actively involved in the development of digital health wallets in Singapore, his opinions on what role vaccines will play in the opening of cross-border travel in our region.
 

Interviewer:

 

Yeoh Siew Hoon
Founder
WiT

 
 

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Dr. Walter Lim
Deputy Country Managing Director, Singapore
Fullerton Health
19:05 - 19:15
Opinion: How do we get unstuck?

Airlines are facing the biggest crisis in their history.  Very low passenger traffic and confidence, government bailouts, huge debts piling up, borders closed will little political willpower to “reopen.”  In short, travel is stuck.  How do we get “unstuck?”  An airline veteran, who’s worked in aviation across the world, offers his opinion on how sovereign ID could offer a way out and what’s needed for that to happen.

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Steven Greenway
Strategic Commercial Advisor
Zamna
19:15 - 19:20
Open Space
19:20 - 19:25
Stats & Stuff, by Phocuswright
19:25 - 19:40
Case Study: How Did The Bubble Paradise of Maldives Stay Open?

We catch up with the Maldives Minister of Tourism Abdulla Mausoom to find out how his islands stayed open for most of 2020 and remains open, the lessons it learnt around safe management and keeping travellers and its local communities safe and what other destinations can learn as they prepare to reopen, at the will of their governments.
 

Interviewer:

 

Yeoh Siew Hoon
Founder
WiT

 
 

Case Study: How Did The Bubble Paradise of Maldives Stay Open? image
Dr. Abdulla Mausoom
Minister of Tourism, Maldives
19:40 - 19:50
Lifeline: The Trials & Tribulations of Working In Travel, And Being Confined To A Small Tropical Island

We all work in travel because we know it’s the bestest, coolest thing. You meet people with open minds, you get to travel freely for your job, so much so that your work becomes your life, and you have friends all over the world that you can just pop in anytime and have a great time together. Well, that evaporated in 2020 and for those living in Singapore, where a roadtrip around the country takes less than a hour (tops), it’s been challenging. Like living in a golden (okay, green) cage. We ask three colleagues to share their campfire story.

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Emilie Couton
Vice President Digital Marketing, Loyalty & Guest Experience South East Asia, Japan & South Korea
Accor
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Shyn Yee Ho-Strangas
Director, Global Product Management
Expedia Group
Lifeline: The Trials & Tribulations of Working In Travel, And Being Confined To A Small Tropical Island image
Chan Chee Chong
Co-founder & CEO
GlobalTix
19:50 - 20:20
Pick Your Rooms: Hosted or Serendipity

A choice of Hosted Rooms to discuss specific topics or just gather in our “Serendipity Rooms” and see who you run into.

 

Hosted Room 1: Air Recovery: Making Sense of Travel Passes & Understanding Trends and Behaviours to Speed Up The Rebound

For air recovery to properly happen, travel passes need to work for all players in the travel value chain. How do we, as an industry, ensure travel passes do not end up fragmented and a headache for the trade as well as consumer? It is also important to understand what’s happening across different markets such as Asia and the Middle East and elsewhere; the challenges being faced in each region; what tech and solutions need to be deployed for a robust recovery. Come and brainstorm with our three hosts and share your ideas, recommendations and insights so that we all get through this, together.

 

Ross Veitch
CEO & Co-founder
Wego

 

 

Sebastien Gibergues
Vice President, Online Travel Asia Pacific
Amadeus

 

 

James Marshall
Vice President, Global Transport Services
Expedia Group

 

 

Hosted Room 2: Tapping Local Demand In A Global World Gone Local

While we wait for borders to open, it’s all about domestic as it has been for the past 12 months. What can hoteliers and tours and activities providers do to adapt their business to a local customer? What thinking has to change to cater to a local traveller vs an inbound visitor? What products work, what content sells and what partnerships do you need? Tactics may be local but ideas are universal. A session to learn from as well as brainstorm with those who’ve had to turn their sights inwards during Covid.

 

Sarah Wan
General Manager, Singapore
Klook

 

 

Baidi Li
Head of Growth Initiatives
Magpie Travel

 

 

Katy Gallagher
Commercial Director, APAC
Sojern

 

 

Liviu Nedef
Chief Marketing Officer
RedDoorz

 

 

Serendipity Rooms:

If you feel like just hanging out and seeing who you bump into, pop into these rooms and start a conversation with fellow roadies. We will have facilitators in the room to break the ice.

 

Note: We’ve come to the end of the first stage of our roadtrip. We’ve got five more stops to make – join us for two hours every month, from April to August, before we take a break and prepare for the final destination of the year, WiT Experience Week in Singapore, Oct 18-21. You stand to win great prizes if you collect all six “Roadie” badges. Winners will be announced during WiT Experience Week.

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Programme correct at time of publishing
All times shown are in SGT (GMT +8)