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WiT Japan & North Asia 2019

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Last year, WiT Japan & North Asia built the road to "Better Travel" and encouraged you to embrace five values – Creativity, Diversity, Openness, Respect, and Love. This year, we invite you to join us on the next stage of our journey to Better Travel by stepping "Through the Looking Glass".

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About WiT Japan & North Asia 2019
In its eighth year, WiT Japan & North Asia will unravel patterns underlying Japan and North Asia's explosive growth in travel, piece together what's happening in individual markets, and glean lessons from other verticals and industries beyond travel that are evolving from disruptive technologies too.

At WiT Japan & North Asia 2019, we will take another step "Through the Looking Glass" to uncover inspirational and new ideas in travel from across the world and in APAC. We will also look beyond the borders of travel, to take lessons and to see things in a different light.


About WiT
WiT is Asia's leading digital travel media and events platform with content focused around how technology is changing travel and behaviour in the world's fastest growing market. Its signature conference in Singapore, launched in 2005, attracts more than 500 travel industry professionals from around the world.

WiT is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Northstar Travel Group, the leading B2B information and marketing solutions company serving all segments of the travel industry including leisure/retail, corporate/business travel, business and sports, meetings, incentives and travel technology.

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Why attend

Change is coming at us from so many different directions. Emerging markets, new customers, new behaviours. New tech – AI, machine learning, blockchain – are promising to transform every industry. Fintech is targeting consumers at the point where it matters most – their pockets. On-demand services are changing our expectations in how we consume, live, work and play.

Marketplaces do retail better – compare buying on Amazon versus an airline website. Facebook and Google are streaks ahead in AI and machine learning. Spotify has taken personalisation to a new level, it even discovers new music for you. Netflix knows what you should be watching before you do.

It is clear no industry can afford to operate in silos anymore. Lines have blurred, walls have come down. It is vital we look past our industry to explore and discover other verticals – whether in tech, media, retail, banking – and take lessons from their experiences.

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Our theme

When Alice stepped "Through the Looking Glass", she did it boldly. She asked questions of everyone she met, she had a playful spirit, she accepted everyone as they were, with all their quirks and eccentricities. Yet, she never lost sight of her identity and who she was.

Curiosity, Courage, Experimentation, Acceptance and Character. These are the values we should hold on to when we set off on any journey to a new destination.

This year, we encourage you to embrace these five values as we take the journey "Through the Looking Glass" together. Let's explore what is out there that we can learn from, see things in a different light, so that together we can uncover a world of possibilities on the other side.

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The Westin, Tokyo
1 Chome-4-1 Mita, Meguro-ku, Meguro, Tokyo 153-8580, Japan


The Westin Tokyo welcomes you to the heart of the most metropolitan city in Japan. Located in the quiet upscale area of Yebisu, The Westin Tokyo is perfectly situated for both business and leisure travelers. With a standout location, 5-star amenities and services, the hotel proudly stands in the ranks of some of the best hotels in Tokyo. Just minutes away JR Ebisu Station, corporate offices, shopping, and entertainment options in Tokyo, the hotel holds one of the best locations in the city, making for a simple decision for those considering where to stay in Tokyo.
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PROGRAMME

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Thursday, 4 July 2019
9:00 am - 9:05 amInnovation Stage
Kick-off
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9:05 am - 9:30 amThrough the Lens of Investors [More Info]
9:30 am - 9:50 amThrough The Lens of Travel Insiders [More Info]
9:50 am - 10:20 amStartup Spotlight [More Info]
10:20 am - 11:10 amWiT Japan & North Asia 2019 Startup Pitch, Round 1, Powered by Amadeus [More Info]
11:10 am - 11:40 amCoffee Break
11:40 am - 12:30 pmWiT Japan & North Asia 2019 Startup Pitch, Powered by Amadeus [More Info]
12:30 pm - 12:50 pmCoffee Chat [More Info]
12:50 pmClose of Innovation Stage and announcement of finalists for the WiT 2019 Startup Pitch Grand Finals tomorrow
1:00 pm - 2:00 pmLunch Break
2:00 pm - 2:10 pmWiT Japan & North Asia Main Stage
Opening
2:10 pm - 2:30 pmWelcome to the Main Stage [More Info]
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmThrough The Global Looking Glass [More Info]
3:00 pm - 3:15 pmFrom ‘Abenomics’ to a New Golden Age – Japan Outlook and Opportunities [More Info]
3:15 pm - 3:35 pmJapan Online Travel Overview [More Info]
3:35 pm - 4:05 pmLocal Roots, Global Aspirations [More Info]
4:05 pm - 4:35 pmCoffee Break
4:35 pm - 5:00 pmSpotlight: South Korea [More Info]
5:00 pm - 5:20 pmCoffee Chat: The Building of Trip.com [More Info]
5:20 pm - 5:50 pmCracking The Code On Payments [More Info]
5:50 pm - 6:00 pmWrapping up Day 1, and setting the stage for Day 2 of Main Stage tomorrow
6:30 pm - 8:00 pmCocktails
 
Friday, 5 July 2019
9:00 am - 9:05 amKick-off
9:05 am - 9:30 amOpening Keynote [More Info]
9:30 am - 9:50 amCoffee Chat [More Info]
9:50 am - 10:05 amInside LINE: The Rise of the Super App [More Info]
10:05 am - 10:15 amOpen Space
10:15 am - 10:40 amRise of the Loyalty Players [More Info]
10:40 am - 11:00 amWelcome to Japan [More Info]
11:00 am - 11:30 amCoffee Break [More Info]
11:30 am - 11:50 amCoffee Chat [More Info]
11:50 am - 12:20 pmChange Is In The Air [More Info]
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmPlenty of Room At The Inn – or Is There? [More Info]
12:30 pm - 1:00 pmNavigating The Topsy Turvy World of Hospitality [More Info]
1:00 pm - 2:00 pmLunch
2:00 pm - 2:05 pmOpen Space [More Info]
2:05 pm - 2:15 pmWhat Happens In-Destination Stays In-Destination [More Info]
2:15 pm - 2:45 pmMarketing Places & Dreams: Whetting The Outbound Appetite [More Info]
2:45 pm - 3:10 pmMarketing Places & Dreams: Selling Inbound & Beyond [More Info]
3:10 pm - 3:35 pmBuilding A Global Business With Diversity [More Info]
3:35 pm - 4:05 pmCoffee Break [More Info]
4:05 pm - 4:20 pmThrough The Looking Lens: Catch The Cruising Wave [More Info]
4:20 pm - 4:40 pmChanging The Way We Move: From Rail To Buses [More Info]
4:40 pm - 5:10 pmThrough The Looking Glass: Alternative Accommodation [More Info]
5:10 pm - 5:25 pmThe WiT Japan & North Asia 2019 Startup Pitch Grand Finals, Powered by Amadeus [More Info]
5:25 pm - 5:45 pmCoffee Chat [More Info]
5:45 pm - 6:10 pmMeet The Experience Makers and Deliverers [More Info]
6:15 pmIt’s A Wrap and announcement of the WiT Japan & North Asia 2019 Startup of the Year
6:30 pm - 8:30 pmClosing Cocktails
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REGISTRATION

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Regular Rate
Mar 1 – May 31

Last Min Rate
from Jun 1

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Full
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¥ 112,100

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Group Rate
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¥ 92,000

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¥ 87,000

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¥ 9,900

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Full
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¥ 150,000

From Jun 1

Group Rate
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¥ 103,000

From Jun 1

Table Rate
(8 persons & more)

¥ 99,000

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Student

¥ 9,900

From Jun 1
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Full
Delegate

¥ 150,000

From Jun 1

Group Rate
(4-7 persons)

¥ 103,000

From Jun 1

Table Rate
(8 persons & more)

¥ 99,000

From Jun 1

Student

¥ 9,900

From Jun 1
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STARTUP PITCH

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CALL FOR ENTRIES – WiT Japan & North Asia 2019

The annual WiT Japan & North Asia startup pitch has come around again.

If you are part of a startup that is from 0 – 5 years old and related to travel and tourism, we are looking at you. We want to put in the spotlight groundbreaking new ideas and clever, entrepreneurial minds that are pushing the boundaries in travel technology.

This is an opportunity to be thrust into the thick of the industry and its networks and be coached by industry veterans.

Up to 10 entries will be shortlisted and coached to present at the WiT Japan & North Asia 2019 on 5 July in Tokyo.

Email your submissions to Vera at vera.lye@webintravel.com by APRIL 15 and tell us (in up to 300 words) why you deserve this slot.

The winner, to be announced on July 5, will win tickets the WIT 2019 Conference (Singapore), in October.

Your description should include these segments of information:

About your business
– Your business, core products and services in one paragraph
– Competitive landscape
– What problem are you trying to solve?
– What is the market opportunity?
– Introduction of team members
– One unique selling proposition

Basic Info
– Name of company
– Name of service
– URL
– Company address
– Founding date
– Company contact

The shortlist will be announced by late May. Selection will be based on the creativity of your submission and soundness of your business idea.

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WIT HALL OF FAME

Congratulations to our eight inductess who have all dare, dreamt and done

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