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Two months ago when we started working on our first flagship event, the Skift Global Forum, we promised you we would build a different kind of industry conference, a creative business forum of the kind that the world’s largest sector deserves.

We promised you a creative business forum that both understands and deciphers the bigger picture connecting all the industry’s sectors and speaks beyond the silos that separate them.

Skift Global Forum is the first conference focused on top strategists, technologists, and marketers in travel, the people creating and defining the future of travel in 2014 and beyond.

Today we’re happy to announce the first batch of amazing speakers and their talks, as well as the early bird tickets which go on sale today!

Headline confirmed speakers and their talks include:

» Phil McAveety, Chief Brand Officer of Starwood, on future of marketing in travel.
» Raja Rajamannar, Global CMO of MasterCard on the future of seamless and cashless travel.
» Will Seccombe, CEO of VisitFlorida, on building an all-inclusive brand in tourism.
» Chip Conley, Head of Global Hospitality at Airbnb, on how to scale hospitality to a global marketplace.
» Pekka Vauramo, CEO of Finnair, on reinventing a storied airline brand and pivoting to Asia.
» Barbara Messing, CMO of Tripadvisor, on power of user data to build a travel brand.
» Daniel Houghton, CEO of Lonely Planet, on has the world lost its mystery and allure?

Check out the full lineup of 19 confirmed speakers and talks at, and we will be adding more over the coming days.

mastercard1Global sponsors of Skift Global Forum include our premier sponsor MasterCard, along with Amadeus and New York Cruise Lines.

If you’re interested in sponsoring or have other questions on tickets/speakers or anything else, email us at

The Early Bird tickets are on sale from today, come learn and define the future of travel, on Oct 9th in New York City!

Get Your Ticket to The Future of Travel Now!

Photo Credit: Skift Global Forum, October 9th at the New York Times Center, New York City.