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Announcing the 2022 – 2024 Connectivity Advisory Board

The Connectivity Advisory Board for 2022 – 2024 setup is changing. Here’s what you need to know.

What is the Connectivity Advisory Board? 

The Connectivity Advisory Board was set up as part of Booking.com’s ongoing commitment to discussing industry trends, ideas and strategies with providers as a means of facilitating mutual growth. The aim is to increase dialogue with providers about topics that impact our mutual business. That’s how we can enable and foster discussions around continuous improvements that help us evolve with market trends together.

The Board serves as a great way to ensure we’re doing the right thing for providers, while gaining insights and aligning our plans with milestones in the industry.

What’s changing?

The Connectivity Advisory Board plans to come together and connect more frequently on values to drive technical and commercial conversations. This will enable continuous discussions on important issues, serving as a means of bringing together ideas and reiterating collective values.

We will be keeping two boards however, instead of having one board dedicated to core properties and one to vacation rental properties, we will now have one board dedicated to commercial advisory and one focussed on tech and product advisory. This will improve our partnership by creating a platform to connect and discuss topics from a commercial, product and technical point of view in order to get a comprehensive view of the industry’s needs and trends. 

How will these changes benefit providers? 

Optimising the ability to drive technical and commercial conversations will foster and inspire a valuable relationship between providers and Booking.com. This will enable us to develop, inspire and mutually support from both sides. 

“It’s upon mutual growth that we build our partnership, so it’s important for us to have a platform that brings the industry closer while encouraging co-creation and collaboration,” says Rolf Nijdam, Senior Manager – Connectivity Ecosystem Development and Innovation. “This enables us to evolve with market trends and guest needs, driving impactful opportunities through connectivity solutions that support your business.” 

Meet the Board members

Each of the two Connectivity Boards is made up of 8–10 members with even representation across regions, types of software technology and property segments. 

Meet our Commercial Advisory Board:   
Mark Kinchin CEO, Beds24
Jaume Monserrat CEO, Dingus 
Vincent Goemaere Founder and CEO, Cubilis by Stardekk
James Burrows CEO, Rentals United
Sebastien Grosjean Founder and CEO, Smily
David Jacoby President and Co-Founder, Hostfully
James Bishop Vice President Ecosystem and Strategic Partnerships, SiteMinder
Michal Freier Strategic Partnerships Manager, Guesty
Sebastien Leitner

Vice President Strategic Partnerships, Cloudbeds

 

Meet our Tech and Product Advisory Board:  
Lew Harasymiw Vice President – Enterprise Distribution, Amadeus
Eric White CTO, Eviivo
Javi Ibarz Product Director, Kigo
Robert van der Mast CTO, NextPax
TJ Noble Senior Director Key Accounts and Technology Solutions, DerbySoft
Cécile Ribeyron Product Director, D-EDGE
Sean Cassidy Product Manager Channel Connect, Sabre
Harshdeep Khatri

CTO, eZee Technosys

 

How often does the Connectivity Advisory Board meet? 

The new frequency and format of the board meeting will involve four annual connection points – one per quarter. These meetings will be virtual calls of two hours and various offsites and events compliant with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions.

 

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  • As part of the 2022-2024 Connectivity Advisory Board set up, we will have two boards – one dedicated to commercial discussions, and another focussed on tech and product advisory
  • With this new set up, we aim to improve our partnership by creating a platform to connect and discuss topics from a commercial, product and technical point of view in order to get a comprehensive view of the industry’s needs and trends. 
  • The advisory boards will come together and connect more frequently on values to drive technical and commercial conversations, enabling continuous discussions on important issues.

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