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More audience participation and diverse speakers will make this year's Skift Global Forum the best yet.

Every year as we begin production for Skift Global Forum, we challenge ourselves to build the best program ever built for a travel conference—and that means consistently out-doing ourselves.

That’s why this year’s Skift Global Forum NYC, happening September 26-27 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, Time Warner Center NYC, will feature more audience participation, increased speaker diversity, and one of our first on-stage foray’s into the restaurant and food tourism sector. Gather up your frequent flyer miles because you cannot afford to miss this one.

More audience participation means more opportunities to get your questions answered.

The first couple years of Skift Global Forum NYC, we focused exclusively on short “TED-style” talks and one-on-one Q&As; and last year we moved towards panel and group discussions. In 2017, we want to go a step further and leave more time per speaker for questions from the audience. We’re still working on the logistics of how it will all work but our promise to you is that while we have the smartest minds in travel in one room together, we want to hear from you.

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Hearing from the same old people in the business will yield only the same results.

It’s no secret that skift focuses on diversity—in our hiring and in our world view. It’s one of our company’s core values and this focus is not lost in our event planning. That’s why this year we’re proud to have a more diverse lineup of speakers that includes people from different walks of life. There is still a lot of work to be done to bring people with unique backgrounds to the top in this industry, but we hope that as we hear from diverse people each year, we’ll getter a better perspective on what the future of travel looks like.

Finally, for the first time, our event in NYC will include sessions exclusively on the business of dining out and how it affects travel.

There’s no way to avoid it—Food and travel go hand in hand. That’s why last year we expanded our news coverage to include a unique look at the world of dining innovation with our acquisition of Chefs+Tech. And at this year’s Skift Global Forum, we wanted to bring together two of the food world’s biggest innovators to discuss the future of dining out, restaurant experience and changing consumer habits and expectations.

The good news is that as we continue to develop our program for this year’s event, we will add to our incredible lineup of speakers and define the topics they’ll discuss. There’s still so much left to come! Don’t miss your opportunity to join us at the biggest, best and most impactful travel conference of 2017.

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If you have any questions or are interested in sponsoring our event, don’t hesitate to reach out at [email protected].

And as always, we couldn’t bring this event to life without our incredible sponsors: Button, Criteo, FareportalMapboxSmartlingSojern, and The Points Guy.



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