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The travel industry is experiencing a technology renaissance. Long gone are the days of checking in at the airline counter or calling for a hotel reservation. Where is the future of travel going and how are emerging technologies changing the landscape? Our second annual TNT Conference will showcase emerging Northwest companies with cutting edge technologies, as well as three expert panels featuring industry users, suppliers, and consultants to explore how these new technologies will affect the industry, and to discuss the value and use of data/content and distribution. View the 2013 agenda here.  

October 1, 2013 at Bell Harbor Conference Center

12:30pm-5:00pm TNT Program

5pm-7pm Reception

Registration is open!

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Who should attend?

  • Anyone in the travel and tourism industry who would like to explore industry trends and learn about new technologies.
  • Entrepreneurs and investors who are engaged in travel, tourism or technology.

Participating companies include:

Opportunity for Entrepreneurs to Pitch

There will be an opportunity for 5-6 companies seeking funding in the travel, technology and hospitality business sectors to pitch in front of the expert panels, and around 150 angel investors and business professionals in attendance.  Each presenting entrepreneur will have the chance to gain feedback from expert panelists following their 5 minute presentation.  The cost to apply is $100, which includes attendance at the event.  To be eligible for investment consideration in the ZINO Annual Angel Investment Fund-2013, LLC, entrepreneurs will be required to become ZINOpreneur Members which in addition to pitching at TNT, will also include an opportunity to pitch at an upcoming ZINO Society investment forum plus additional screening, coaching and networking opportunities.  Please contact Meg Landies, or 206-686-3768 for details.

The TNT Explosive Idea Awards

The Judges’ Award for Best Investment Opportunity and People’s Choice Award for Best Presentation will be presented at the conclusion of the Conference.

Interested in sponsoring the event? Please contact cdann(at)gsblaw(dot)com for more information.

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Travel industry and technology experts gathered at the Four Seasons Seattle this past Wednesday to participate in the region’s first conference devoted exclusively to the intersection of hospitality, travel and tourism with technology. The TNT Travel & Technology Conference was hosted by the Hospitality, Travel & Tourism Practice Group at Garvey Schubert Barer and local angel investment/opportunity facilitator and industry connector Zino Society.  I conducted an informal interview of participants and attendees, which I selected randomly via a complex, proprietary algorithm (red wine vs. white wine; preference for mushroom quiches over Vietnamese spring rolls, cocktail napkin or no cocktail napkin) and 100% of respondents indicated the event was an unqualified success.

Garvey owner and chair of the firm’s E-Commerce and Technology Practice, Scott Warner, and Hospitality, Travel & Tourism Practice chair, Greg Duff, each hosted a panel of experts—Scott, a group of expert technologists and Greg, a group of expert users. The former consisted of representatives from Expedia, Microsoft, Intelity, Sabre Hospitality, Google, Concur Technologies, Urbanspoon, Tnooz and Ascension Software and the latter of panelists from Evergreen Finance Consulting, Virtuoso, Alaska Airlines, Benchmark Hospitality, American Casino & Entertainment Properties, Mandarin Oriental and Holland America Line. See the linked Conference Program for a more detailed description of the panels and each of the panelists.

I know. I know. Here it is the end of September and I am only now posting details on the 2011 ZINO Zillionaire Investment Forum that occurred weeks ago. What can I say, it is fall conference season and the many seminars, conferences, panels and presentations scheduled for the months of September, October, November and December are taking their toll. That said, I wanted to take the time to share highlights from this terrific all day investment forum put on by our friends at ZINO at Seattle's Museum of History and Industry.

Fall is upon us and like every fall, there is no shortage of upcoming travel and tourism industry events to attend. Over the next few months, our team will be busy attending and speaking at a number of industry-related events.

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Greg Duff
Greg Duff founded and chairs Foster Garvey’s national Hospitality, Travel & Tourism group. His practice largely focuses on operations-oriented matters faced by hospitality industry members, including sales and marketing, distribution and e-commerce, procurement and technology. Greg also serves as counsel and legal advisor to many of the hospitality industry’s associations and trade groups, including AH&LA, HFTP and HSMAI.

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