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Make the most of AWS re:Invent 2020 – Travel and Hospitality Industry Guide







AWS re:Invent is always one of the most exciting and important technology events of the year and this year, several sessions will be must-sees for travel and hospitality executives. AWS re:Invent routinely fills several Las Vegas venues with standing-room only crowds, but this year we are bringing it to you with an all-virtual and free event. While we’ll miss the in-person connections and excitement of Vegas – the new format provides an incredible opportunity for people to participate who may not have done so previously.

For Travel and Hospitality attendees looking to get the most out of their experience, follow these steps:

As in previous years, there is a tremendous amount of content to choose from, which can be overwhelming. Travel and hospitality professionals – or just anyone interested in how the industry is leveraging AWS to navigate these most challenging times — won’t want to miss these sessions:

Travel and Hospitality Leadership Sessions

Three travel and hospitality sessions feature incredible thought-leaders in their space: Jeffrey Goh, CEO of the Star Alliance, the world’s largest airline alliance; Scott Strickland, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, CIO and EVP of the world’s largest hotel company and Richard Haigh, CTO of Just Eat Brands at Just Eat Takeaway – which pending the completion of the GrubHub acquisition, will make them the largest food delivery company in the world outside of China. With 3 C-level execs representing some of the largest and most innovative players in their space, it will be fascinating to hear their unique approach to  these challenging times. You can learn a bit more about each session below:

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How Star Alliance is Building Resilience for the Long Run — (TRV201)

Star Alliance is recognized as the world’s largest and most experienced global airline alliance, founded in 1997 by Air Canada, Lufthansa, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Thai Airways International and United Airlines, and now consisting of 26 member airlines operating worldwide. Hear from Star Alliance CEO Jeffrey Goh on how they are navigating the biggest disruption in the history of the industry and leveraging AWS services to innovate faster and better serve their customers in the midst of an ever-changing travel environment. You’ll learn how Star Alliance is leveraging their unique position to enhance the customer experience and improve operational efficiency.

Premiere: Tuesday, Dec 1, 1:45 pm PDT

Replays: Wednesday Dec 2, 1:45 pm GMT and 1:45 pm SGT

*Then available on demand Friday Dec 5

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How Wyndham Hotels is Building Resilience for the Long Run — (TRV202)

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is the world’s largest hotel franchising company with over 9,000 hotels across approximately 90 countries on six continents. Hear from Wyndham’s CIO Scott Strickland on how choosing to build on AWS has helped them navigate the impact of COVID-19 for their end users, guests and franchisees alike, and build resilience for the long run. You’ll also learn how AWS enabled them to quickly integrate new properties after an acquisition, deliver actionable information across the enterprise, and gain practical tips for leading an organization through disruption.

Premiere: Wednesday, Dec 2, 9:30 am PST

Replays: Thursday, Dec 3, 9:30 am GMT and 9:30 am SGT

*Then available on demand Friday Dec 4

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How Just Eat Takeaway is Building Resilience for the Long Run — (TRV203)

Just Eat Takeaway is a leading global marketplace for online food delivery (and the leading online food delivery marketplace in Continental Europe and Israel). In the first half of 2020 it processed over 257 million orders. Hear from the CTO of Just Eat brands, Richard Haigh about how AWS was able to help the company scale to meet unprecedented global demand for food delivery during the global health crisis. He’ll also explain how building on AWS is allowing them to expand globally, streamline operations and enhance the experience of their customers.

Premiere: Thursday, Dec 3, 10:00 am PST

Replays: Friday Dec 4, 10:00 am GMT and 10:00 am SGT

*Then available on demand Friday Dec 4

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Other sessions

There is a lot of other content that participants will find relevant at re:Invent, including session featuring travel and hospitality customers or use cases. You can read about this and more in our AWS Travel and Hospitality Guide to re:Invent 2020.

You can also join Massimo Morin, WW Head, Travel and Hospitality Solutions, for a 30 minute live conversation about the travel and hospitality industry. Massimo will share how AWS is helping the travel and hospitality companies build resiliency and discuss innovative solutions specific to the industry. Catch it live at this link Thursday, Dec 3 2:30-3pm PDT. Can’t make it live? Don’t worry, content will be made available on demand.

We’ve been inspired by travel and hospitality companies turning challenges into opportunities  – and I’m sure you’ll hear about this from many speakers this year. In the same way, the challenges of a remote event bring great opportunities for more people than ever to hear directly from some incredible leaders. I hope you’ll take the opportunity to register for re:Invent, then search by session title and add it to your agenda. The entire AWS Travel and Hospitality team look forward to seeing you (virtually) at re:Invent.

Download the full Travel and Hospitality Attendee Guide below to get further information on industry sessions, activities, and “how to re:Invent.”


David Solomito

David Solomito

David Solomito leads marketing as part of the global AWS Travel and Hospitality team. Prior to AWS, he’s overseen various initiatives for diverse brands including American Express, BMW, KAYAK, The National Basketball Association, and OpenTable. He enjoys supporting the travel and hospitality industry in his spare time as well — mostly through exploring new cities and restaurants.