So the culmination of months of planning is finally coming together today with the kickoff at 8:35am of our third Skift Global Forum.
For those of you who will be joining us at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall it will be a day filled with great conversations on the stage and well as equally great ones among attendees during the coffee breaks, lunches, and dinners. Like last year, we’ve spread it over two days. But in a break from previous Forums, we’ve structured more of the speaking guests’ time on stage as discussions. And we’re even offering panels — in this case a line up of travel booking legends — in order to generate different kinds of conversations.
The day starts with an appearance by Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald, who will be appearing on CNBC earlier in the day as part of our partnership with the network. The day ends with a conversation with Arne Sorenson, CEO of Marriott International, to discuss how he’s preparing to run the largest hospitality brand in the world.
In between we have a line up of leaders from across the travel spectrum. Niki Leondakis, who is the CEO of the newly named Two Roads Hospitality, will talk about the next-gen hospitality brand. Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Expedia, will sit down with our Executive Editor to discuss his brand’s growth, and then join a panel of industry innovators to talk about the last 20 years of online travel. There are many more great talks among these, from both CEOs and big thinkers.
If you aren’t joining us in person, you can watch a livestream of events here.
The complete schedule for both days is below.