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Travel in and out of Europe is the big hope for the future of the world, and we'll be discussing all aspects of it and beyond at our first Skift Forum Europe. See you all soon!

Our inaugural Skift Forum Europe is all set to start later this evening, with the opening reception at City Hall, London and a full day of intense programming to come tomorrow, April 4 at the Tobacco Dock.

We are looking forward to welcoming 450 of you who are coming from all parts of Europe, North America, and Asia for this.

Europe is the center of the world of travel — THE CROSSROADS — in so many ways. European travel, both outbound and inbound, is the big hope in this age of neo-isolationism. Whatever happens with Brexit and any other exits to come in Europe, the free movement of people WILL be at the center of it. Skift Forum Europe will discuss the future of travel in this biggest travel region.

The full program appears below, and with still the last few tickets left, you can join us starting later today!


Tuesday | April 4, 2017




Doors Open/Breakfast 07:30
Welcome to Skift Forum Europe Rafat Ali 08:45
Video Presentation from the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Her Excellency Lina Annab
Deep Dive Q&A w/the CEO of InterContinental Hotels Group: The Next, Next Big Thing in Hospitality Richard Solomons
Moderated by: Rafat Ali
Deep Dive Q&A w/the CEO of Norwegian Air: The Invention of Low-Cost, Long-Haul Flying Bjørn Kjos
Moderated by: Jason Clampet
Deep Dive Q&A w/the Co-Founder & CEO of Skyscanner: What’s Next in the Latest Blending of Searching and Booking Gareth Williams
Moderated by: Dennis Schaal
Panel Talk w/Chief Marketing Officer of OpenJaw Technologies and Senior Project Manager of OpenJaw Technologies: What China Can Teach Us About the Future of Digital Colin Lewis,
Richard Chen
Moderated by: Luke Bujarski
Networking Break 10:35
Panel Talk w/CEO & Co-Founder of Travelsify and CEO of Bruno Chauvat,
Juan Pablo Lafosse
Moderated by: Greg Oates
Panel Talk with the CEO of Lonely Planet, and the Founder & CEO of SUITCASE Magazine: Future of Travel Media Daniel Houghton,
Serena Guen
Moderated by: Jason Clampet
Video Presentation: MasterCard
Panel Talk w/the Founding Partner at PROfounders Capital, Co-Founder & COO of GetYourGuide, and the CEO of Trainline: The Travel Tech Disruption Opportunity in Europe Clare Gilmartin,
Sean Seton-Rogers,
Tao Tao
Moderated by: Rafat Ali
Deep Dive Q&A w/the CEO of Momondo Group: Travel Search Gets Personal Hugo Burge
Moderated by: Luke Bujarski
Deep Dive Q&A w/the Managing Director at Trivago: After the IPO Johannes Thomas
Moderated by: Jason Clampet
Lunch Break 12:45
Lunch Workshop w/Senior Vice President of Retail & Commerce: Turning Data Into Action: Key Strategies for Driving Loyalty (RSVP now to save your seat!) Margaret Shine 12:45
Deep Dive Q&A w/the Senior Vice President & Global Head of Retail of Expedia: Expedia’s Coming Internationalization Gary Morrison
Moderated by: Dennis Schaal
Deep Dive Q&A w/the Co-Founder & CEO of Kayak: The Next Phase of Consolidation of Online Booking Steve Hafner
Moderated by: Dennis Schaal
Panel Talk w/COO of noma, and Co-Founder & COO of VizEat: Dining Out Is the New Rock and Roll Ben Liebmann,
Camille Rumani
Moderated by: Greg Oates
Panel Talk w/the Co-Founders of Mr & Mrs Smith: The Secrets of Guest Loyalty James Lohan & Tamara Herber-Percy
Moderated by: Patrick Whyte
Deep Dive Q&A w/the Founder & CEO of Design Hotels: The Independent Spirit in European Hospitality Claus Sendlinger
Moderated by: Greg Oates
Deep Dive Q&A w/the CEO of Mileslife: The Future of Airline Loyalty Troy Liu
Moderated by: Luke Bujarski
Networking Break, Sponsored by UrLife 15:50
Deep Dive Q&A w/the Co-Founder & CEO of Whalar: The Art and Science of Collaborating With Influencers Neil Waller
Moderated by: Greg Oates
Deep Dive Q&A w/the Group Chief Marketing Officer of TUI Group: Building a Superbrand With the World’s Biggest Tourism Company Erik Friemuth
Moderated by: Patrick Whyte
Deep Dive Q&A w/the Chairman of World Travel & Tourism Council: Travel, Because It Is the Age of Unrest Gerald Lawless
Moderated by: Rafat Ali
Skift Talk w/Asia Trend Strategist at TrendWatching: Asian Trends Affecting European Travel Sector Acacia Leroy 17:05
Deep Dive Q&A w/the Vice President of Engineering at Google Travel: The Opportunity for Google Travel in Europe Oliver Heckmann
Moderated by: Dennis Schaal
Panel Talk w/Acting Chief Executive at London & Partners, and London’s Night Czar: London as a Destination Post-Brexit Amy Lamé,
Andrew Cooke
Moderated by: Patrick Whyte & Jason Clampet
Closing Reception 18:00 – 19:00

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