Skift Take

New year, new trends. In this case Megatrends. Join us at events on three continents in December and January to learn about the forces shaping the business of travel in 2020.

You already know Skift: We’re the largest business information company in the global travel industry providing news, research, conferences, and marketing services to the world’s largest industry. Our annual trends forecast report identifies the top trends that will shape travel and helps us set the tone for our editorial coverage in the year to follow.

The Skift Megatrends package is the largest annual effort from the Skift global editorial team. To provide further insights into these trends, we will be hosting events around the world at the start of 2020.

This will be our biggest year yet and we hope that we can reach — both in person and online — as many of our loyal Skift readers as possible. Each event will ​capture holistically what our trends mean together for travel, but also be unique ​to the regions where we are presenting. And, of course, the events will ​allow for expanded discussion and plenty of networking.

We want to hear what you think about the trends affecting travel in 20​20​. You are, after all, the people defining the future of travel on a daily basis.

Want a preview of the exciting content to come? Check out our Megatrends Defining Travel in 2019 and 2018 and get excited about being the first to learn about our ideas for 2020.

About the Events

Our events around the world give people in the travel industry a chance to network with other professionals as well as meet leaders from across Skift teams. For the second year in a row these highly engaging events are taking place across the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Attendees can enjoy the presentation followed by a reception and networking time. They also receive a print edition of our Megatrends magazine.*

See below for schedule. Tickets are now available to our first event in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Please RSVP below. The remaining events will open to the public in early December.

Skift Megatrends 2020 Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors Hyatt, Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau, and Accenture Interactive.

Calendar of Events

Abu Dhabi, UAE

December 15, 2019

Where We’ll Be:

Our kickoff to the 2020 Megatrends road show takes place at the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotels and Villas. The Megatrends presentation will be led by Skift Research Senior Analyst Wouter Geerts and Skift Travel Tech Editor Sean O’Neill.

Agenda: Cocktail Reception and Presentation
Time: 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Address: Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas
Saadiyat Island, PO Box 52007
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Event Complete

New York, NY

January 7, 2020

Where We’ll Be:

For our first event in the U.S., the Skift team is gathering travel insiders at Andaz Wall Street for what is traditionally our largest Megatrends gathering of the year. Expect most of the New York-based Skift team either on stage or in the audience. And RSVP early to ensure you get a seat.

Agenda: Cocktail Reception and Presentation
Time: 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Address: Andaz Wall Street
75 Wall Street, Entrance on Water Street
New York, New York, United States, 10005
Telephone: +1 212 590 1234
Wall Street Andaz Website

Event Complete

Washington, D.C.

January 14, 2020

Where We’ll Be:

We return again to the Park Hyatt in the nation’s capital for perhaps the only event in D.C. that’s not about the 2020 election. Travel Tech Editor Sean O’Neill will emcee the evening to walk attendees through what they need to know for the coming year.

Agenda: Cocktail Reception and Presentation
Time: 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Address: Park Hyatt Washington D.C.
1201 24th Street, NW
Washington, D.C., United States, 20037
Telephone: +1 202 789 1234
Park Hyatt Washington D.C. Website

Event Complete

San Francisco, CA

January 16, 2020

Where We’ll Be:

For our third year in San Francisco, Senior Aviation Business Editor Brian Sumers leads the evening discussion at the Grand Hyatt. Expect insights into innovation and hospitality in addition to his expertise on aviation.

Agenda: Cocktail Reception and Presentation
Time: 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Address: Grand Hyatt San Francisco
345 Stockton Street
San Francisco, California, United States, 94108
Telephone: +1 415 398 1234
Grand Hyatt San Francisco Website

Event Complete


January 21, 2020

Where We’ll Be:

We did our Megatrends event in Singapore for the first time last year as a lead up to our very successful Skift Forum Asia event in the Spring. Attendance at both events was at maximum capacity. Editor Brian Sumers is back again alongside our Singapore-based edit, sales, and content marketing team.

Agenda: Cocktail Reception and Presentation
Time: 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Address: Grand Hyatt Singapore
10 Scotts Road
Singapore, Singapore, 228211
Telephone: +65 6738 1234
Grand Hyatt Singapore Website

Event Complete

London, England

January 28, 2020

Where We’ll Be:

We have a great team in London for a reason. While the evening will be led by editor Rosie Spinks, she’ll be joined by their sales, marketing, and Research colleagues based in the London office.

Agenda: Cocktail Reception and Presentation
Time: 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Address: Andaz London Liverpool Street
40 Liverpool Street
London, England, United Kingdom, EC2M 7QN
Telephone: +44 207 961 1234
Andaz London Liverpool Street Website

Event Complete

* Attendees of the Abu Dhabi event will not receive the print magazine. They will receive instructions on how to download a digital copy.


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