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Understanding Online Travel Agents & Bedbanks Distribution

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Understanding Online Travel Agents (OTAs)  and Bedbanks Distribution

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This event will be hosted by Mark Simpson and aims to help you better understand the role of OTAs – with insights on who they are and how they work.

We are delighted at this stage to confirm the following OTAs and Bedbanks who will each be speaking at the event:


Expedia Group is the world's travel platform, with the power to bring the world within reach for millions of people. Their extensive brand portfolio includes some of the world’s most trusted online travel brands, powered by the most knowledgeable, passionate and creative people in the business. 

Expedia Local Expert (Attractions)

A leading provider of activities and destination experiences, Expedia Local Expert (LX) creates a global travel marketplace for local providers of activities, tours, attractions, shows & events, and ground transportation.

LM Group is a publicly traded multinational company, and among the world's leading online travel entities. They operate a portfolio of well-known brands across Europe including -, Volagratis, Rumbo,, Bravofly, Jetscost and Hotelscan.

Established in 1996 in Amsterdam, has grown from a small Dutch start-up to one of the largest travel e-commerce companies in the world. Part of Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG), now employs more than 17,000 employees in 198 offices in 70 countries worldwide.

Secret Escapes

Secret Escapes is a Luxury deals site based in 22 countries worldwide. They specialise in 4 and 5* accommodation and offer their 62 million members time sensitive deals that are exclusive to the company. (and not available anywhere else). is Europe's leading Spa Break Booking agent. They work with their spas to send non discounted, high value bookings to them on days when they need the business. Sending 7000 people to spas every week, is the trusted third party to work with for higher end brands. are the world's leading Bedbank, redefining how accommodation, transfers, activities and car rental products are distributed to a global network of travel distributors. 

Also Introducing speaker Ciaran Connolly from Profile Tree

Ciaran Connolly, CEO of ProfileTree delivers digital services to clients across Ireland, Europe and the USA.

He specialises in Tourism and was selected by Google to attend a Google Maps Global Summit in San Francisco. Ciaran built an online safety website that attracted 1.6 million visits per month – where people sought advice and help in protecting their online reputation.  Today he helps brand build and maintain their online brand through content, video and voice.

Ciaran will be providing insights on the day on how to manage and protect your online reputation

Following the formal presentations, delegates will have an opportunity to engage directly with all speakers during the networking lunch.

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Understanding OTAs and Bedbanks Distribution

Some tips from the main speakers at the event on using OTA and Bedbanks as distribution channels.

 Managing and Protecting Your Online Reputation

Ciaran Connolly, CEO of ProfileTree provides some tips on how to manage and protect your online reputation.

How industry are currently using OTAs and Bedbanks

Some of the delegates share their experiences of using OTAs and what they will take from the event for heir business.

Session 1


Session 2

This event is part of the Tourism Enterprise Development (TED) Programme 2019/20.

In Partnership with:

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