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Expedia Inc. chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi vowed that Airbnb was not going to eat his lunch; Booking.com 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.
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
Booking.com 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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