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Last year’s Skift Global Forum began with the CEO of Carnival Corp., the travel industry’s biggest brand, sitting down to discuss juggling multiple large iconic brands, why diversity in a workplace is a good thing, and the state of the U.S. in a politically divisive time. And while that was difficult to top, the level of the discussions over the next two days remained high, and the mix of brands broad.
We’ll be continue that range of programming this year with leaders from cruise lines including Royal Caribbean, Lindblad Expeditions, and Carnival; aviation giants including Delta Air Lines, Lufthansa, and Teague; digital leaders including Facebook, and food pioneers including Danny Meyer and René Redzepi.
We will bring you their insights in one-on-one interviews, TED-style talks, and panel discussions. And as in past years attendees will have the opportunity to connect with like-minded peers throughout the day.
From fighting the online travel agencies like Booking.com and Expedia in their efforts to get more direct bookings, the state of the mergers and acquisitions scene, developments in both artificial intelligence and mobile technology, and the ever-looming threat of Airbnb, the most influential CEOs in hospitality will all be at Skift Global Forum 2017.
- Delta Air Lines CEO Edward H. Bastian
- Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Chairman & CEO Richard D. Fain
- Union Square Hospitality Group CEO Danny Meyer
- Teague President & CEO John Barratt
- Noma Chef & Co-Owner René Redzepi
- Lindblad Expeditions CEO Sven-Olof Lindblad
- Lufthansa Group Chief Digital Officer Dr. Christian Langer
All of them — and more — will step up to the stage at Skift Global Forum 2017 in New York City September 26–27 to state their cases about where they think their companies and the travel industry are heading.
What Happened in 2016
To get a sense of what you can expect from speakers and the event, watch these conversations that took place at last year’s event.
Google Travel VP of Engineering
Facebook VP of Global Marketing
Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald
CB Insights CEO
Air Canada President
SXSW and Superfly Leaders
Club Med CEO
Points Guy Vs. Airfarewatchdog
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