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Future Travel Experience Global 2019

Our industry is facing a defining period and whichever way you look change is on the horizon. Technological, digital and engineering advancements are reshaping almost every sector on the planet and travel is rife with disruption. This leaves our audience of airlines, airports, vendors, startups, OEMs, government agencies, destination partners and various other travel industry stakeholders wondering what steps need to be taken now to prepare for the future.

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Through our “Transformation” theme, FTE Global 2019 will tackle these issues and challenges head-on. The event will be specifically designed to help ensure that your organisation is well-equipped to adopt new technologies, adapt your working culture, and forge new partnerships to support your business’ growth and passenger experience ambitions. We will shed light on the likely disruptions that will redefine air transport in our plenary sessions, and we will also look closely at the way the industry works today and help attendees forge their own transformation approaches through four inspiring conference streams. And that’s not all – attendees will also have access to a major end-to-end exhibition, unique social and networking events, co-creation workshops, tours, government agency briefings, and startup content and showcases.

2019 FTE Global Keynote and Theme Announced:
View our highlights video to see what makes the show unique:

Mo Gawdat to deliver opening keynote at FTE Global 2019

World-renowned technology and innovation leader, and former Google X Chief Business Officer, to deliver inspirational address


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FTE Global 2019 attendees will hear an inspirational opening keynote address by Mo Gawdat, the former Chief Business Officer for X, previously Google X, and a leading global expert in technology and innovation with the world’s most advanced organisation for breakthrough technology. Mo joined Google in 2007, after many successful years at Microsoft, and managed Google’s business in over 50 countries, focusing on his biggest passion; Emerging Markets and the considerable challenges they face with embracing innovation. Prior to becoming Chief Business Officer at Google X, Mo served as the Vice President of Business Innovation. Remarkably, Mo started close to half of Google’s operations worldwide. The latest being his role on Project Loon; an ambitious attempt to use high altitude balloons to provide affordable internet access to the remaining 5 billion people for whom today’s existing technology has proven too expensive or too complex to reach. Mo is also a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded more than 15 businesses in his career. He actively serves as a Board Member in several technology, health and fitness, and consumer goods startups as well as several government technology and innovation boards in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Mo is the author of the book “Solve for Happy: Engineering Your Path to Uncovering the Joy Inside You” and he is also the founder of One Billion Happy, a global movement created to help one billion people become happier.

New for 2019:

  • Guest sessions from pioneering corporates like WestJet

  • Stunning new venue – ARIA Resort & Casino

  • Enhanced tour options including McCarran T3 and new MGM Resorts properties

  • Even bigger startup presence

  • Larger exhibition with even more variety

  • More networking and co-creation opportunities

  • Enhanced 1-2-1 Meeting System to facilitate networking before and during the show

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Why attend FTE Global 2019?

Don’t just take our word for it – read what FTE Global attendees have said about the show..

“FTE Global was fantastic! It’s very inspirational and it opens the stage for a lot of collaboration and building the future of travel. I was very impressed by the exhibition this year. The diversity of the products and what could be built with the technology that was featured is really a new world.”

Liliana Petrova, Customer Experience Director, JetBlue Airways

“FTE is one of my favourite conferences to go to. I like the fact that you bring in both airlines and airports, and the content is really different. I also enjoy that you bring in different speakers from other industries. I’m a “future” guy and this is a really good place to be. It’s fun because we’re all on the same page – we’re all looking for future technology.”

David Wilson, Director, Airport Innovation, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Port of Seattle

“The networking opportunities are always fantastic at FTE Global. There has been a high level of interaction and engagement between delegates.”

Rick Belliotti, Director Innovation & Small Business Development, San Diego International Airport

“FTE Global is a wonderful event. I have met representatives from many different modes of travel, and heard what people need to think about in the next decades. In terms of networking, the right players are here to have conversations with.”

Zachary Matthews, Senior Regional Manager, Business Development and Operations, US and Canada, Uber

“I have particularly liked that the event helps from a strategic standpoint. FTE Global really allows for a holistic strategic mind-set. The conference sessions have been very relevant in terms of customer experience.”

Michael Morford, Airport Concessions Manager, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

“It’s great that we’re hearing about disruption. Blurring the lines between industries is very important, and this event does that very effectively.”

Rachel Walker, Director – Tools & Technology Global Ops, Strategy, Planning & Design, United Airlines

“I have been very happy with the conference sessions, which have been projecting us into the future. It’s my first time here at FTE Global and it has exceeded my expectations. I have met lots of different contacts – the event is very good for networking.”

Aymeric Dussart, IT Director, Aéroports de Montréal

“The panel sessions have been excellent, with good interaction with the audience. It’s a very forward-thinking event and people here are not afraid to talk about the future.”

Joshua Krall, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, Boom Supersonic

“I’d heard a lot about FTE Global from industry colleagues and it has certainly met my expectations. The conference sessions have been very interesting, and it has been my pleasure to take part.”

Christoph Rufenacht, Director Capital Facilities Development, Vancouver Airport Authority

“FTE Global was definitely a great opportunity for us to network and to learn from all the players that are changing the airline industry and the travel industry. During three days we were exposed to lots of insights and we were exposed to a broader way of approaching our business.”

Alessandro Fusaro, Coordinator Digital Marketing & Innovation, SkyTeam

“It has been great attending FTE Global. The conference sessions have really informed our thinking and the Co-creation Forums were particularly good in generating a high level of interaction. FTE Global is highly recommended – I will definitely attend again.”

Max Coppin, Partner Development Manager, Google

“The event has been very insightful. I’ve been to a lot of conferences, and the knowledge gained at FTE Global is unique and innovative. It’s very good that the event is all about collaboration. I will take some nice concepts home with me.”

Maria Rosario C. Jocson, Assistant Vice President, Centre for Customer Management, Marketing Department, Philippine Airlines

“As always, I come away inspired, with lot of ideas and new perspectives to try to push my organisation even further.”

Guðmundur Daði Rúnarsson, Technical and Infrastructure Director, Keflavik Airport

“I really enjoyed the event and seeing lots of interesting airlines and technologies. Highlights for me were the NASA and TSA talks and the collaboration work between the partners. There are differences we have, but it is very interesting to make it all come together.”

Lilian Narumi, Passenger Services Manager, Singapore Airlines

“I’ve been asked by a number of people how FTE compares to other events on the aviation circuit. My response is that it’s very much a case of “quality over quantity”, with a more focused selection of relevant speakers and discussion topics, rather than the broad brush approach used by others. It’s this focus on quality speakers, innovation and informative topics that makes FTE the success that it is.”

Martin Bowman, Aviation Technology Director, Deloitte

“The sharing amongst partners airlines and operators is what makes this show unique. Everybody gives a lot of insights on the issues and challenges of the industry and it is good to hear that there are similarities in the issues we are all facing.”

Alphonsus Chan, Senior Associate - IT Infrastructure Changi Airport

“The event has been very good. I met a lot of informed and passionate people. We have been doing a lot of work in the identity space and the general swell of interest and keenness to find collaborative solutions has been great. I thought that the presentations from Delta and NASA were fantastic. It is good to catch up with people and connect through the networking events.”

Raoul Cooper, Senior Design Manager, Digital Airport, British Airways

“The show has been tremendous so far. I managed to see some incredible presentations from a lot of great people from inside the industry. We were able to meet with a lot of vendors with whom we have talked to before, but it is great to meet them here in person, which makes it a lot more efficient for us to make decisions on how we drive the guest experience for passengers. For me, this event is really forward looking – it’s not just about what people have accomplished, but about what they were trying to accomplish. So, I think that’s very valuable, as we are trying to move the industry forward.”

Bobby Schroeter, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Spirit Airlines

“Compared to some of the other industry events which are a lot broader, FTE really focuses on innovation, so that makes it different. It is always about new ideas and new technologies that could be applied in real life problems, so that’s what makes it unique.”

Suhail Kadri, Vice President IT, Hamad International Airport

“I found FTE Global 2018 to be a wonderful gateway to engage with a wide array of industry stakeholders, and to learn across the diverse subjects covered in the four conference tracks. The keynote speakers were spectacular, and I found the involvement of leaders in parallel sectors such as Disney and MGM Resorts very beneficial, as we search for synergies between the hospitality and airline industries, exceeding our Guest Expectations. I look forward to attending next year's show!”

Chris van Rensburg, Director Guest Experience, WestJet

Exhibitors already confirmed for 2019 include:

Showcasing the air transport industry’s most pioneering vendors

What else is happening at FTE Global 2019?

FTE Global Social & Networking Programme

Social & Networking Programme

An exciting agenda in the “Entertainment Capital of the World”, including the FTE Global Welcome Reception, FTE Awards & Networking Party.
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FTE Global Awards 2019

FTE Global Awards 2019

The 9th FTE Global Awards ceremony – recognising the world’s most innovative and customer-focused airlines and airports.
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