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Looking forward to welcoming you all. Skift Global Forum is the first conference focused on top strategists, technologists, and marketers in travel, the people creating the future of travel in 2014 and beyond.

And so, our inaugural Skift Global Forum is sold out! We are all set on the program, with 25 amazing speakers carefully curated to build the most diverse and creative lineup of talent ever put together in the global travel industry.

No panels, no pitches, only talks and one-to-one interviews, all designed around helping you understand where the future of travel is heading, with topics to inspire the professionals in travel about the business and creative promise of the sector.

We are looking forward to welcoming all of you attending, starting with a program the evening before for Skifties awards, and then the full day of Oct. 9 at the TimesCenter.

Those who are not attending and want to follow it online, we will have coverage on Twitter at #skiftforum, stories on, and video snippets of the talks posted in the weeks following the Forum.

The full list of 25 speakers at Skift Global Forum:

» Phil McAveety, Chief Brand Officer, Starwood Hotels
» Kevin Krone, Chief Marketing Officer, Southwest Airlines
» Will Seccombe, CEO, VisitFlorida
» Raja Rajamannar, Global CMO, MasterCard
» Chip Conley, Head of Global Hospitality, Airbnb
» Terry Jones, Founder, Travelocity
» Chris Nurko, Global Chairman, FutureBrand
» Fred Reid, Founding CEO, Virgin America
» Karin Timpone, Global Marketing Officer, Marriott International
» Cathy Tull, CMO, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
» Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer, Metropolitan Museum of Art
» Barbara Messing, CMO, Tripadvisor
» Carl Shepherd, Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, HomeAway
» Sam Shank, CEO, HotelTonight
» David Ambrose, Managing Director, Steadfast Venture Capital
» Jonathan Pierce, Head of Social, American Airlines
» Nick Gray, Founder, MuseumHack
» Marty St. George, SVP, Commercial, JetBlue Airways
» Ben Orson, Managing Director, JPA Design
» Daniel Houghton, CEO, Lonely Planet
» Avi Brosh, Founder, Paligroup
» Dae Mellencamp, President, Vimeo
» Lucas Winzenburg, Founding Editor, Bunyan Velo
» John Gunter, CEO, Frontiers North Adventures
» Cole Rise, Founder, Litely, creator of Instagram logo.

And huge thanks to all our sponsors, for making the Forum possible.

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