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Come hear the best talks on the future of travel, come define the future of travel, at Skift Global Forum 2015.

We are now less than two months away from the second edition of the Skift Global Forum.

Deep in the planning stages, we are pleased to announce we have now finalized our amazing speakers and topics lineup. Today, we are also excited to announce our partnership with CNBC to be the exclusive broadcast partner of the Forum. CNBC’s Simon Hobbs will report live from the two-day conference and feature live interviews during CNBC’s Business Day programming and on

The full press release with details below:

Skift Announces the Final List of Speakers and Sessions for Skift Global Forum in Brooklyn, NY; October 14-15, 2015

CNBC Named Exclusive Broadcast Partner

(New York, NY – August 20, 2015) – Skift Inc. announced the final list of confirmed speakers and sessions for its flagship Skift Global Forum in Brooklyn, NY, taking place at the Duggal Greenhouse on October 14-15, 2015.

Skift Global Forum, now in its second year, is the largest creative business conference in the global travel industry, and this year features over 30 global C-level speakers including Mark Hoplamazian, President and CEO of Hyatt Hotels, Matthew Upchurch, CEO of Virtuoso, and Craig Kreeger, CEO of Virgin Atlantic. Skift is going above and beyond to top last year’s event which was hailed as, “The TED Talks of travel” and “The best conference ever done in travel.”

CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, is the exclusive broadcast partner for Skift Global Forum. CNBC’s Simon Hobbs will report live from the two-day conference and feature live interviews during CNBC’s Business Day programming and on

“Skift Global Forum is the first conference focused on top strategists, technologists, and marketers in travel, the people creating the future of travel in 2015 and beyond. It is carefully curated with the topics and speakers — single track, no panels, no overt pitches — to inspire the professionals in travel about the business and creative promise of one of the world’s largest sectors,” says Rafat Ali, CEO and Founder for Skift.

Additional speakers include:

  • Sally Balcombe, CEO of Visit Britain
  • Edie Rodriguez, President and CEO of Crystal Cruises
  • Ivanka Trump, Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions for the Trump Organization
  • Paul Hennessy, CEO of
  • Kevin Shinkle, Chief Communications Officer of Delta Air Lines
  • Jonathan Mildenhall, Global Chief Marketing Officer of Airbnb

Sponsors for the forum include: MasterCard, Gogo, American Express, Travel Channel, Yahoo, Adobe, Criteo and many others.

For more information, and to register for Skift Global Forum, visit

If your company is interested in sponsoring Skift Global Forum, please contact [email protected].

About Skift

Skift is the largest industry intelligence and marketing platform in travel, providing news, information, data and services to all sectors of the world’s largest industry. Skift identifies and synthesizes existing and emerging trends, in its daily coverage of the global travel industry and through its Skift Trends Reports. Skift produces Skift Global Forum annually to bring together over 500 of the most influential professionals in the travel industry to discuss the future of travel.

For press inquiries, please contact [email protected].

Natalie Bonacasa


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