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About Stay Ahead

Stay Ahead is the only thought leadership summit for senior finance and revenue accounting professionals in airline industry. Stay Ahead works in an interactive round table format of 20-25 professionals. This summit offers a great opportunity to network, share and discuss trends, challenges and best practices in the industry with other like-minded senior airline finance professionals.

Initiated in 2008, we have successfully organized Stay Ahead summits in Miami (USA), Bangkok (Thailand), Montreux (Switzerland), San Francisco (USA), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Istanbul (Turkey), Macau (PRC), Barcelona (Spain), Singapore and Brussels (Belgium) with wide and enthusiastic industry participation.

Attendance to this event is by invitation only.

 

Stay Ahead Attendees

To date, over 80 airlines and 175 executives have participated in Stay Ahead.

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Previous Stay Ahead Events

2018

JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai. Located within two iconic towers in Business Bay on Sheikh Zayed Road. The hotel provides everything you need for an exceptional stay in the United Arab Emirates. Find a restful oasis in your meticulously appointed accommodation, which features plush bedding, modern technology and a marble bathroom. The suites provide a view of the water or the Dubai skyline. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or a workout in the fitness centre, followed by a relaxing treatment at SARAY Spa. The hotel offers delicious cuisine to suit every taste - from Indian classics to flavorful steaks. They offered 80,000-square-feet of flexible space for the event with the ability to accommodate 1,500 seated guests. The guests were thrilled with the convenient location near Dubai Mall, the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Opera.

Stay Ahead is an exclusive round table summit meant for senior finance leaders from the airline industry. It offers you an opportunity to network with industry peers, discuss the latest trends and share best practices with other like-minded senior finance professionals from your industry.

Agenda

We will be conducting sessions and workshops on industry trends and initiatives the impacting airline finance function including:

Initiatives and Trends Impacting Airline Finance Organisations
IATA Initiatives and Impact on Airline Finance Organisations
IFRS and its Impact on Revenue Accounting
Interactive Workshop: Strategic KPIs for Airline Finance
Managing Risks: Agent Bankruptcy / Fraud
Disruptive Trends in Customer Loyalty and their Financial Impact
Do You Have a Payments Strategy?
Improving Financial Decision Making through Data & Analytics

The above topics will be presented in interactive formats including workshops to enable the flow of ideas and sharing of industry best practices.

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2017

Boscolo Exedra Roma

In the splendid setting of Piazza della Repubblica, between the Baths of Diocletian and the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels designed by Michelangelo, rises the first 5 Star Luxury hotel in Rome, opened in 2003. The Boscolo Exedra Roma is the result of an extraordinary and accurate refurbishment and modern planning of a sumptuous late 18th Century building. 238 rooms, 2 scenic restaurants, a panoramic terrace with views over Rome, an exclusive spa and an efficient Business Centre, suspended over ancient Roman excavations. A refined and discreet atmosphere surround the guests and involve them in an experience capable of satisfying the most demanding of desires.

Agenda

We will be conducting sessions and workshops on industry trends and initiatives the impacting airline finance function including:

  • NDC, ONE Order, and the impact on airline fnancial departments
  • Loyalty programs and their impact on airline finance
  • The S.M.A.R.T. airline's approach to airline payments
  • Cashflow forecast

The above topics will be presented in interactive formats including workshops to enable the flow of ideas and sharing of industry best practices.

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2016

Hotel Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay, Miami

Cross Biscayne Bay – the “bridge to Everything Miami” – and enter another world at Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay. At the intersection of the Miami Arts, Wynwood and Design districts and mere minutes from the Miami Beach Convention Center, our hotel offers pleasure seekers and business travelers a sophisticated Miami experience. Our Marriott near the Port of Miami is the only marina front downtown hotel and features a sparkling lobby with contemporary work pods, Wi-Fi, Illy Cafe, jaw-dropping views and outdoor dining at Catch Grill & Bar. Slumber in style with our modern guest rooms and suites, complete with beautiful balconies overlooking the city or bay. Get to work in our Palm-2 certified hotel, boasting 25 meeting rooms with 20,000 square feet of flexible space and incredible bay views. When the business day is over, get a workout in our state-of-the-art fitness center, followed by a refreshing dip in our inviting pool. Escape to our Port of Miami hotel today!

Agenda

We will be conducting sessions and workshops on industry trends and initiatives the impacting airline finance function including:

  • ONE Order and the impact on airline fnancial departments
  • Overcoming payment reconcilition challenges in Latin America
  • Best practices in managing revenue accounting processes across group airlines
  • Analytics to improve quality of revenue

The above topics will be presented in interactive formats including workshops to enable the flow of ideas and sharing of industry best practices.

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2015

Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok

Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok is located in the heart of the city’s vibrant business and entertainment district. With a direct link to the BTS Asok SkyTrain station and Terminal 21 Shopping Mall, and a few steps from the MRT Sukhumvit subway station, discerning business and leisure travellers can easily discover the allure of this captivating city, its palatial shopping malls, historic temples, and sparkling nightlife. Guests are also just moments from the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, the Stock Exchange of ¬ailand, and BITEC (Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Center)., discerning business and leisure travellers can easily discover the allure of this captivating city, its palatial shopping malls, historic temples, and sparkling nightlife. Guests are also just moments from the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, the Stock Exchange of ¬ailand, and BITEC (Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Center).

Agenda

Session 1: Industry Initiatives and Trends

Session 2: Revenue Accounting & Ecosystem

Session 3: Revenue Assurance

Session 4: Revenue Analytics

2014

InterContinental Vienna

Hotel InterContinental Vienna is located in Vienna´s city center with breathtaking views across the Stadtpark, the InterContinental Vienna, a modern and elegant hotel, is ideally placed to discover historic Vienna with its concert halls, sights such as St. Stephen´s Cathedral and exclusive shopping areas such as Kaerntner Strasse or Graben. The hotel restaurant serves the finest seasonal produce and excellent Viennese pastries at an ornate, classic café.

Agenda

Session 1: Industry Initiatives and Trends

Session 2: Revenue Accounting & Ecosystem

Session 3: Best Practices in Managing the Revenue Accounting Function

Session 4: Effective Revenue Accounting

 

2013

12th Stay Ahead

New York New York Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

The New York New York Las Vegas resort is a hotel and casino owned and operated by MGM Resorts International. The resort is an imitation of New York City and is known for its 150-foot Statue of Liberty model. A state-of-the-art casino, rollercoaster and luxurious shops await guests.

Guests of the New York New York can enjoy an outdoor swimming pool with hot tubs and private cabanas. A full-service spa and fitness center are also provided.

A variety of New York and international cuisine is served at the New York New York’s 11 restaurants. Live entertainment, including Zumanity show can be found at the hotel. Also, Pour 24 bar and restaurant are located onsite.

Agenda

Session 1: Industry Initiatives and Trends

Session 2: Revenue Accounting & Ecosystem

Session 3: Best Practices in Managing the Revenue Accounting Function

Session 4: Effective RA

 

11th Stay Ahead

The Westin Kuala Lumpur

The Westin Kuala Lumpur Hotel is a 5 star hotel located on the pulsating streets of Jalan Bukit Bintang. Its ideal location puts Kuala Lumpur’s best shopping, entertainment and local attractions right at your doorstep, which also includes Pavilion, KL Tower and the Petronas Twin Towers that are just minutes away. At The Westin Kuala Lumpur, we offer plenty of opportunities for healthy diversions and pure relaxation for a better you.

Westin Kuala Lumpur Dinings Indulge at any of The Westin Kuala Lumpur’s signature restaurants and experience a myriad of irresistible cuisines. From tasty pizzas and pastas in a fun and lively atmosphere at Prego, to authentic Cantonese cuisine at Five Sen5es, a breakfast adventure at The Living Room with nutritious Superfoods or simply sink your teeth into finely grilled steaks at Qba.

Westin Kuala Lumpur Features At The Westin Kuala Lumpur, it’s our pleasure to make your stay anything but ordinary and you’ll immediately notice how good it feels to be here.

Agenda

Session 1: Welcome & Introductory Session

Session 2: Industry Initiatives and Trends

Session 3: RA & Ecosystem

Session 4Best Practices in Managing The Revenue Accounting Function

Session 5: Effective RA

2012 

10th Stay Ahead

Sheraton Brussels Hotel

The Sheraton Brussels Hotel is the largest and warmest gathering place right in the heart of Brussels where business and leisure guests have come together for nearly 40 years. The Sheraton Brussels Hotel offers 511 spacious guest rooms and suites with the largest standard room of Brussels that are all equipped with the famous Sheraton Sweet Sleeper beds. Well known for meetings and gatherings, it’s a perfect place to meet in one of 19 modular meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 600 attendees and host all kinds of events Located in the heart of the city's business district and rising high above the Brussels' skyline, the Sheraton Brussels Hotel is close to Brussels' main shopping area and museums.

Sheraton Brussels is perfectly located in the heart of the business quarter and the shopping district, Sheraton Brussels Hotel is perfectly located for anyone wishing to connect to the European capital. Five minutes walk to Brussels main shopping mall, City 2, and minutes from the Grand-Place and the city's numerous museums including Bozar, Magritte & Fine Arts museums.

Agenda

Session 1: Welcome & Keynote

Session 2: Industry Initiatives and Trends

Session 3: Best Practices in Managing The Revenue Accounting Function

Session 4RA & Ecosystem

 

9th Stay Ahead

Sheraton Towers Singapore

Sheraton Towers Singapore is a hotel of timeless style and grace. Voted by Conde Nast Traveller Gold List as one of the best places to stay in the world, Sheraton Towers Singapore sets the benchmark in the hospitality industry with its outstanding quality standards and personalised butler service. From the detailed elegant furnishings, delicate presentation of culinary experience to warm, discreet service, the hotel believes in pampering its guests with the comfort, luxury and conveniences that they are accustomed to at home.

It has 412 tastefully appointed rooms with 23 individually styled suites, each exuberating a sense of serenity and residential charm. Yet, each is equipped with the modern amenities and conveniences including high-speed internet access that are desired by today's sophisticated business travellers.

The Hotel is centrally located along Scotts Road, just a 10-minute walk from the Orchard Road, shopping and entertainment district. With the Mass Rapid Transit just next door, the hotel is easily accessible to the central business district, exhibition centers and major places of interests including the Esplanade Arts Center.

Agenda

Session 1: Welcome & Introductory Session

Session 2: Industry Initiatives and Trends

Session 3: Best Practices in Managing The Revenue Accounting Function

Session 4RA & Ecosystem

2011

8th Stay Ahead

Renaissance Barcelona Airport Hotel

The Renaissance Barcelona Airport Hotel is part of the prestigious Marriot Group of Hotels. Located approximately 1.6 miles from the airport, the hotel is an ideal location for business or leisure travel. The hotel offers easy access to all major roads and is near tourist attractions like Fira Barcelona, Camp Nou, and Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. Nearby attractions also included Placa d'Espanya and Castell de Montjuic. The hotel also offers free shuttle service at scheduled times from the airport and city center. For your wining and dining pleasure the hotel offers its chic La Sal Marina well-know for its traditional Mediterranean cuisine. You can also dip into choicest of Spanish delicacies at the Alabastro Bar as you enjoy a drink.

Agenda

Session 1: Welcome & Introductory Session

Session 2: Simplified Interline Settlement

Session 3: Emerging Paradigms in RA

Session 4: Role of RA in Commercial Decision Making

Session 5: Credit Card Management

Session 6: Audit: The way forward

 

7th Stay Ahead

Sofitel Macau

Positioned on Macau's picturesque waterfront, Sofitel Macau At Ponte 16 is located in the center of the city and amidst the charming historical quarter with walking distance to St. Paul's Ruins and A-Ma Temple! The complex of restaurant, bar, recreational facilities, meeting and banquet
venues, in-house casino and MJ Gallery ensures that Sofitel has created an exquisite world for lovers of "art de vivre". The hotel has an easy access to the major points of entries.points of entries.

Agenda

Session 1: Welcome & Introductory Session

Session 2: Simplified Interline Settlement

Session 3: Revenue Accounting in the Airline Eco-System

Session 4: Airline Software Delivery Models

Session 5: Credit Card Management

Session 6: Audit: The way forward

 

2010

6th Stay Ahead

Sheraton Istanbul AtakÖy Hotel

Sheraton Istanbul AtakÖy Hotel is part of the Luxury Collection Hotels of the Starwood group. Overlooking a splendid Marmara Sea view, it spans over an area of 40.000 square meters of lush nature. The Hotel is conveniently located in proximity to central areas and ring roads, only 8 km to Atatürk Airport & 10 km to Istanbul's center and tourist magnet Sultanahmet.

Agenda

Session 1: Welcome & Introductory Session

Session 2: The Future of Revenue Accounting

Session 3: Changing Paradigm in Revenue Accounting: The Industry View

Session 4: Insights from Analytics

Session 5: Revenue Recovery & Protection: The Road Ahead

 

5th Stay Ahead

The Sheraton Imperial

The Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur, is part of the Luxury Collection Hotels of the Starwood group. The hotel offers a glamorous spread of Asian heritageans is located among the city's grand landmarks. The Sheraton Imperial is reknowned for its stately retreat with superb amenities in KL's commercial center near many exciting attractions and shopping. The hotel is located near the Monorail and LRT stations.

Agenda

Session 1: The Future Of Revenue Accounting

Session 2: Insights from Analytics

Session 3: Changing Paradigm in Revenue Accounting: The Industry View

Session 4: Revenue Recovery & Protection: The Road Ahead

Session 5: Emerging Areas in the Revenue Accounting Eco-system

 

2009

4th Stay Ahead

The Taj Campton Place

Campton Place, an AAA Four Diamond rated luxury boutique hotel, has 110 richly appointed guest rooms, including nine spacious suites. 

Campton Place offers a choice of accommodation, dining experiences, recreational activities and business facilities. The hotel is a haven of serenity as guests can enjoy the privacy and luxurious comfort of their rooms with the excitement of the city close by but blissfully muted. 

Campton Place's superlative amenities, gracious appointments and impeccable service make it the uintessential home away from home in the `City by the Bay'. The hotel is treasured by travellers and residents for its dream location and its award-wining fine dining restaurant.

Agenda

Session 1: The Future Of Revenue Accounting 

Session 2: Back office to strategic : Insights from analytics

Session 3: Emerging Technology Paradigms

Session 4: Revenue Recovery & Protection: The Road Ahead

Session 5: RA Health Check: Getting it in shape

 

3rd Stay Ahead

The Royal Plaza Montreux

The Royal Plaza Montreux is well-known for its breathtaking views of Lake Geneva and the French Alps, five-star comfort and second-to-none service. Located in the Swiss town of Montreux, the Royal Plaza Montreux has recently undergone a complete refurbishment. Its 146 rooms, including 23 luxury suites, are elegant and well equipped and most have private balconies that look out to spectacular lake views.

The Royal Plaza is readily accessible from several European centres, located one hour from Geneva Airport, and a short walk to the Montreux train station, town centre and convention centre.

The history of the Royal Plaza Montreux dates back to the first years of tourism in Montreux, towards 1835. Then, it was known as the Pension Richelieu and among its most famous guests were Victor Hugo and Tchaïkovski. Towards the end of the 1970’s a Greek ship-owner bought the property and built a new modern and luxurious Hyatt Continental which opened in 1982. Following the departure of the Hyatt group in 1992, the hotel changed hands and was renamed the Royal Plaza. Today it counts among the jewels of the Swiss hotels.

Agenda

Session 1: The Changing face of Passenger Revenue Accounting

Session 2: RA in the Horizon: Emerging Paradigms

Session 3: Revenue Recovery & Protection: Shifting Gears

Session 4: Outsourcing: The Way Ahead

Session 5: Cargo Revenue Accounting - Taking the Next Step

 

2nd Stay Ahead

The Landmark

The Landmark is a four star hotel, that stands tall and proud right in the centre of the fashionable Sukhumvit Road.

Set in the heart of Thailand's exciting capital, The Landmark Bangkok is an established hotel offering high-end facilities including a state-of-the-art fitness center, unparalleled service and our award winning restaurants and bars provide outstanding dining and entertainment for both leisure and business travelers. With a station of the Sky train located in front of the hotel, The Landmark Bangkok is conveniently
linked to the city's main commercial district and many of its leading tourist attractions. It also enjoys easy access to Bangkok's major conferences centres, the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC) and Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC). The expressway leading to the domestic and international airports is also quite near the hotel.

Agenda

Session 1: The Changing face of Passenger Revenue Accounting

Session 2: Cargo Revenue Accounting - Taking the Next Step

Session 3: Outsourcing: The Way Ahead

Session 4: Revenue Recovery & Protection: Shifting Gears

Session 5: RA in the Horizon: Emerging Paradigms

 

2008

Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay

Experience the casual elegance and refinement of Miami at Marriott Biscayne Bay, a luxury hotel in Miami, FL.. Located in the heart of Downtown s 
Arts and Entertainment District, the Marriott Hotel offers waterfront accommodations with a gorgeous view just minutes from the Port of Miami. For pleasure, enjoy fine dining and shopping at Bayside Marketplace or wander through the hip Art Deco District. Entertainment at the nearby Carnival Center for the Performing Arts features opera, jazz and symphony performances.

Biscayne Bay Marriott also offers convenient hotel amenities such as a pool, fitness center and beauty salon to keep you looking and feeling great.
Meetings and social gatherings are a delight at Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay, with more than 17,000 square feet of event space, high-speed 
Internet access, event planning, catering services and audiovisual equipment for a flawless event.

Agenda

Session 1: The Changing face of Revenue Accounting

Session 2: Outsourcing: The way ahead

Session 3: From Managing Revenue to Managing Profitability

Session 4: Where is revenue leakage headed?