Not long now until the Direct Booking Summit: Europe! If you haven't secured your tickets yet, you'd better hurry - head over to the website to check out the agenda and register.

We've been profiling some of our best-in-class speakers in the run up to the event on June 27-28. So far we've heard from Airbnb's Robin Clifford, The Curtain's Sam Riches, and GuestScores's Rob Fleischer about how they're feeling ahead of the summit - today, we're talking to Gopakumar Menon, VP of Revenue & Distribution at Highgate Hotels. Gopakumar will be moderating a panel on Metasearch in 2018 alongside SiteMinder's James Bishop, Phil Ford of Firmdale Hotels, PACE Dimensions's Tim Davis, and Adrian Hands of TripAdvisor.

Gopakumar Menon

Gopakumar Menon, Vice-President of Revenue & Distribution

Highgate Hotels

TRIPTEASE: How are you feeling about speaking at the Direct Booking Summit 2018?

Gopakumar: Great! I believe this forum will help to amplify the voices of independent hoteliers struggling against the new distribution landscape defined by OTAs and metasearch.

TRIPTEASE: What can delegates expect to learn from your panel?

Gopakumar: Hopefully attendees will get a first-hand perspective on how to manage their online spend, get the maximum value out of it and increase their ROI.

TRIPTEASE: What are your thoughts on the Direct Booking Movement?

Gopakumar: The Direct Booking Movement is a great platform for qualified independent hotel professionals & allied business partners to gather, share best practices and take on the challenges we are confronted with collectively.

TRIPTEASE: What are Highgate's main goals and challenges in 2018?

Gopakumar: Our goal is to generate more revenue through our direct website, keeping cost of acquisition low. That's our main challenge - the growing cost of customer acquisition, both online and offline.

TRIPTEASE: Which other speakers are you most looking forward to hearing from at the Direct Booking Summit: Europe?

Gopakumar: I'm really interested to hear from the representatives from Google Travel.

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