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HT-NEXT Day 2 Is Here! Restarting the Travel & Tourism Industry: Insights From JetBlue Technology Ventures

Bonny Simi, President, JetBlue Technology Ventures

You can feel it: A guarded measure of optimism inspired by recent announcements regarding promising vaccine and antibody treatments to contain the pandemic.

As we look to the future of hospitality, our upcoming virtual conference, HT-NEXT will focus on what’s happening now in the technology world that can fuel future opportunities and growth. Our Day 2 Keynote, “Restarting the Travel & Tourism Industry,” will feature insights from Bonny Simi, President of JetBlue Technology Ventures, the corporate venture arm of JetBlue Airways. 


If you’ve ever wondered, “What can hotels learn from airlines?” you’ll find the answer (spoiler: it's a lot) in Simi’s keynote session, which will touch on guest experience, health and safety, and targeted investment. “The future of travel is being shaped by new ideas and game-changing technologies,” says Simi,” who happens to be not only a major force in airline innovation but also a pilot, former broadcast journalist, and three-time Olympian. 


JetBlue Technology Ventures’ goal is to stay ahead of emerging technology and to have a “seat at the table” in the early stages of tech startups. Simi will share her thoughts about how this disruptive time is actually ideal for fresh ideas and initiatives from startups, and some of the innovations that JetBlue Technology Ventures is fueling in the contactless customer experience, revenue management, maintenance and operations, and even regional transportation ecosystems.


Hospitality Technology (HT) and Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG) are collaborating for the fourth year in a row to host HT-NEXT 2020 which will take place virtually from Dec. 1-3. 

HT-NEXT brings together executives from across the hotel technology ecosystem, including hotel operators and solution providers, with expertise in property systems, guest room tech, e-commerce, distribution and operations. 

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