Skift Take

Prepare for a fast-paced, idea-rich session with some of the smartest minds in travel.

The Skift Global Forum recently brought together some of the biggest names in online travel for rousing conversations on stage and behind the scenes.

The lineup was full of heavy hitters: Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Expedia Inc.; Jay Walker, founder of Priceline and CEO of Upside; Brad Gerstner, founder and CEO of Altimeter Capital; and Rich Barton, founder of Expedia and current executive chairman of Zillow Group.

After talking about the past, present, and future of online travel in front of a crowd, they joined us backstage in the Skift Take Studio for an encore conversation about mobile, voice search, augmented reality, and how the industry is adapting to changing consumer behavior. Originally, we expected to be joined by Khosrowshahi, but the four had engaged in such a great conversation on stage that they wanted to continue speaking. Because of the pace of the conversation, we were not always able to announce who was speaking at each time.

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They spoke to Skift contributing writer Jeremy Kressman and editor and podcast host Hannah Sampson.

This is one of several conversations we’re bringing you from backstage at the Skift Global Forum. The Skift Take Studio Series is presented by Mastercard, a payments technology company that is enabling loyalty, security and data solutions for the global travel industry.

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Photo credit: From left, Jay Walker, Brad Gerstner, Dara Khosrowshahi, and Rich Barton discuss the history of online travel at Skift Global Forum 2016. Panelists visited the Skift Take Studio for an encore discussion. Skift

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