OpenTravel Alliance Announces David Pavelko, Partnerships Director, Travel, Google Inc. as an Additional Keynote Speaker for the 2015 Advisory Forum Conference

The not-for-profit trade organization will hold its 2015 Advisory Forum at The Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay May 12-14, 2015.

New York, NY, April 24, 2015 –(– The OpenTravel Alliance announces David Pavelko, Partnerships Director, Travel, Google Inc. as an additional keynote speaker for its annual Advisory Forum May 12-14, 2015 in Miami. David joins Timothy O’Neil-Dunne who was announced previously to round out the keynote lineup.

This annual event provides a venue for lively discussion on the latest travel technology trends. The event is open to both OpenTravel members and non-members. Registration is available through and attendees can save $100 using promo code member100.

David works directly with Google’s consumer travel initiatives and supports the overall strategy, business development and partnership efforts. David also spent several years as Head of Travel at Google where he managed marketing and advertising campaigns for airlines, hotel chains, cruise lines, car rental companies, online travel agencies, metasearch, and travel publishers across Google search, display, mobile and YouTube advertising platforms.

Prior to joining Google, David spent many years at Cendant Corporation where he was Vice President of Business Development and supported Cendant’s travel distribution services group (Orbitz, CheapTickets, Travelport) and the utilization of technology solutions in the industry. David also spent time at Choice Hotels in a similar business development capacity as well as a few years in the sports marketing industry. David is a graduate of Princeton University.

Industry leaders from Travelport, Sabre, Marriott International, Best Western International, IATA, InterContinental Hotels Group, Expedia, Avis Budget Group, OpenJaw Technologies, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, and many others will provide their perspective on key technology challenges and solutions.

Agenda topics include the latest travel technology and distribution trends, API strategy, travel disruptors, and the OpenTravel 2.0 Model, currently being developed as the next generation in distribution connectivity which will integrate with JSON and REST.

OpenTravel will also honor member leaders who have provided outstanding service over the past year with the announcement of its 2015 Tom Grubbs Award and the Setting the Standard Award during the Advisory Forum. Tom Grubbs was a founding father and instrumental participant in OpenTravel and each year the organization recognizes the individual that most embodies Tom’s spirit and innovation. The Setting the Standard Award is a peer nominated award recognizing an individual’s outstanding contributions to the OpenTravel specification.

About OpenTravel:
OpenTravel is a not-for-profit trade association, founded in 1999 by travel companies, with a primary focus on the creation of electronic message structures to facilitate communication between the disparate systems in the global travel industry. Our members identify messages standards, prioritizing project work and creating messages.

OpenTravel is comprised of member companies representing airlines, car rental firms, hotels, cruise lines, railways, leisure suppliers, service providers, tour operators, travel agencies, solutions providers, technology companies and distributors. Tens of thousands of OpenTravel message structures are in use, carrying tens of millions of messages between trading partners every day.

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