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Don’t miss out on hearing from one of the most diverse and relevant collections of brands at any travel conference.

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.

Mark D’Arcy, Chief Creative Officer at Facebook, Is Speaking at Skift Global Forum 2017. Get Tickets Now

From fighting the online travel agencies like 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.

They include:

  • 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.

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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


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We couldn’t bring our event to life every year without the support of our incredible sponsors: AccentureAdobeAIGAmadeus AirlinesAmerican Express, Away Luggage, ButtonCriteoFareportal, Hobo Bags, HotelTonightITP, KDS, Luggage HeroMapboxProColombia, SimulmediaSmartlingSojernThe Points GuyTravelsify and Visit Jordan.

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Photo credit: Sarah Personette, VP of global marketing Facebook, speaking at last year’s Skift Global Forum. Facebook will be present at the 2017 event as well. Skift

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