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/Breakfast07:30
Welcome to Skift Forum EuropeRafat Ali08:45
Video Presentation from the Minister of Tourism and AntiquitiesHer Excellency Lina Annab
Deep Dive Q&A w/the CEO of InterContinental Hotels Group: The Next, Next Big Thing in HospitalityRichard Solomons
Moderated by: Rafat Ali
Deep Dive Q&A w/the CEO of Norwegian Air: The Invention of Low-Cost, Long-Haul FlyingBjørn 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 BookingGareth 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 DigitalColin Lewis,
Richard Chen
Moderated by: Luke Bujarski
Networking Break10:35
Panel Talk w/CEO & Co-Founder of Travelsify and CEO of Almundo.com: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 MediaDaniel 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 EuropeClare Gilmartin,
Sean Seton-Rogers,
Tao Tao
Moderated by: Rafat Ali
Deep Dive Q&A w/the CEO of Momondo Group: Travel Search Gets PersonalHugo Burge
Moderated by: Luke Bujarski
Deep Dive Q&A w/the Managing Director at Trivago: After the IPOJohannes Thomas
Moderated by: Jason Clampet
Lunch Break12:45
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 Shine12:45
Deep Dive Q&A w/the Senior Vice President & Global Head of Retail of Expedia: Expedia’s Coming InternationalizationGary Morrison
Moderated by: Dennis Schaal
Deep Dive Q&A w/the Co-Founder & CEO of Kayak: The Next Phase of Consolidation of Online BookingSteve Hafner
Moderated by: Dennis Schaal
Panel Talk w/COO of noma, and Co-Founder & COO of VizEat: Dining Out Is the New Rock and RollBen Liebmann,
Camille Rumani
Moderated by: Greg Oates
Panel Talk w/the Co-Founders of Mr & Mrs Smith: The Secrets of Guest LoyaltyJames Lohan & Tamara Herber-Percy
Moderated by: Patrick Whyte
Deep Dive Q&A w/the Founder & CEO of Design Hotels: The Independent Spirit in European HospitalityClaus Sendlinger
Moderated by: Greg Oates
Deep Dive Q&A w/the CEO of Mileslife: The Future of Airline LoyaltyTroy Liu
Moderated by: Luke Bujarski
Networking Break, Sponsored by UrLife15:50
Deep Dive Q&A w/the Co-Founder & CEO of Whalar: The Art and Science of Collaborating With InfluencersNeil 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 CompanyErik Friemuth
Moderated by: Patrick Whyte
Deep Dive Q&A w/the Chairman of World Travel & Tourism Council: Travel, Because It Is the Age of UnrestGerald Lawless
Moderated by: Rafat Ali
Skift Talk w/Asia Trend Strategist at TrendWatching: Asian Trends Affecting European Travel SectorAcacia Leroy17:05
Deep Dive Q&A w/the Vice President of Engineering at Google Travel: The Opportunity for Google Travel in EuropeOliver Heckmann
Moderated by: Dennis Schaal
Panel Talk w/Acting Chief Executive at London & Partners, and London’s Night Czar: London as a Destination Post-BrexitAmy Lamé,
Andrew Cooke
Moderated by: Patrick Whyte & Jason Clampet
Closing Reception18:00 – 19:00