Skift Take

From overtourism and artificial intelligence to direct booking campaigns and the latest deals, there's a lot of ground to cover with the most influential decision-makers in online travel.

Expedia Inc. chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi vowed that Airbnb was not going to eat his lunch; CEO Gillian Tans revealed her employees nearly mutinied when the site expanded into TV advertising, and the top guy at TripAdvisor, Stephen Kaufer, pledged he would stick with it for the long term while his company undergoes a huge transformation.

Those were a few tidbits from Skift Global Forum 2016 (all of which you can revisit in the videos below). But get ready for 2017.

From clashes with big hotel chains about direct booking to Airbnb’s inroads, the state of the mergers and acquisitions scene, and developments in both metasearch and artificial intelligence, the most influential CEOs in online travel — Glenn Fogel of the Priceline Group, Dara Khosrowshahi of Expedia, and Stephen Kaufer of TripAdvisor — will step up to the stage at Skift Global Forum 2017 in New York City September 26–27 and state their cases about where they think their companies and the travel industry are heading.

Rounding out the field of online travel veterans will be Erik Blachford, a TCV venture partner and former CEO and chairman of IAC Travel and Couchsurfing, respectively.

Glenn Fogel, CEO of the Priceline Group, is speaking at Skift Global Forum 2017. Get Tickets Now

What Happened in 2016

To get a sense of what you can from speakers and their interviews at this year’s Forum watch these conversations that took place at last year’s Skift Global Forum.

Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi President and CEO Gillian Tans

TripAdvisor CEO Stephen Kaufer

Peek CEO Ruzwana Bashir

Upside CEO Jay Walker

Lola CEO Paul English

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Photo credit: A panel of online travel veterans appeared at Skift Global Forum in September 2016. Find out which giants are speaking at this year’s event. Skift

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