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Skift Global Forum 2015 is now in advanced stages of planning, and we have almost finalized the full speaker lineup and the topics for this year’s talks.

Bigger conference, bigger venue, and double the time, double the speakers, double the learnings, that’s what it will be with this year’s Forum on October 14 and 15 at the uber-cool Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

The tickets are on sale now, and like last year when the tickets sold out a month before, it will happen again this year. So grab them now and brag about it to your colleagues!

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Here is the goodness we have lined up for you: CEOs and other C-level speakers to discuss the future of travel.


» Fred Dixon, CEO of NYC & Company, on the future of tourism marketing for iconic travel brands.
» Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, on the future of city branding.
» Sally Balcombe, CEO of Visit Britain, on marketing a mature brand to a whole new audience.
» Kevin Shinkle, Chief Communications Officer of Delta and Nancy J. Friedman, Founder & President of NJFPR, on the changing nature of travel PR & communications in a digital first world.
» Josh Lesnick, CMO of Wyndham Hotel Group on the importance of middle America that travel brands ignore.
» Kim Day, CEO of Denver International Airport, on building an airport for the future of travel.
» Zim Ugochukwu, Founder of Travel Noire, on the growing global community of black travelers.


» Mark Hoplamazian, President and CEO of Hyatt Hotels, on bringing humanity back to hospitality.
» Ivanka Trump of Trump Hotel Collections, on why obsessing over details is the only way to build hospitality luxury brand.
» Keith Barr, CCO of InterContinental Hotels Group, on the right way to talk to different demographics across the Guest Journey.
» Darrell Wade, CEO of Peak Adventure Travel, on the launching a breakthrough new brand out of a large travel company.
» Craig Kreeger, CEO of Virgin Atlantic, on how to build an airline brand by not participating in the premium rat race.
» Matthew Upchurch, CEO of Virtuoso, on how the right kind of travel agent survived the digital change.

Tech and Digital

» Paul Hennessy, CEO of, on why conversion is the most important metric in travel.
» Jonathan Mildenhall, CMO of Airbnb, on leveraging cultural ideology to build a super-brand in travel.
» Michael Small, CEO of GoGoAir, on the digital habits of air travelers and what brands can learn from them.
» Diego Saez-Gil, CEO and co-founder of Bluesmart, on launching a travel startup through crowdfunding.
» Greg Hong, CEO and Co-Founder of Reserve, on why dining is the next frontier of disruption in travel.
» Dhiren Fonseca, Partner at Certares LP, on the Big Open Spaces for Innovation and Disruption In Travel Industry
» Prof. Camilla Vasquez of University of South Florida, on Loudsourcing, the Inside World of Online Reviews


» Geoffrey Kent, CEO & Founder of Abercrombie & Kent, on understanding the socio-cultural impact of travel on societies.
» Rick Wise, CEO of Lippincott, on the rise of invisible design in travel.
» Craig Greenberg & Alice Gray Stites, President and Chief Curator of 21c Museum Hotels, respectively, on why hotels should become a portal to local arts and culture.
» Jeremy Jauncey, Founder of Beautiful Destinations, on why visuals are the new language of engagement for consumers.
» Nick Gray, Founder & CEO of Museum Hack, on how millennials hacked travel to create their own experiences.

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Photo Credit: Skift Global Forum 2015, at Duggal Greenhouse in Brooklyn Navy Yard.