Travel Industry CEO Interviews

Conversations with travel’s top leaders at hotels, airlines, travel tech companies, tourism boards, and more.

Short-Term Rentals

Airbnb’s Brian Chesky Tells Us What He’s Doing With His Billion-Dollar Payday

Brian Chesky’s pay package leaves a lot of money to potentially give away. With an Obama Foundation scholarship, he’s hoping to use his money to go beyond Silicon Valley.

Airbnb’s Brian Chesky Tells Us What He’s Doing With His Billion-Dollar Payday

Online Travel

Hostelworld CEO Sees Profit Rebound, Adoption of Traveler Chat Tool

Hostelworld CEO Gary Morrison is ringing in the evolution of the hostel dweller. More solo travelers look for friends with chat tools, and bunking up can bring carbon emissions down.

Hostelworld CEO Sees Profit Rebound, Adoption of Traveler Chat Tool

Airlines

Norwegian Air CEO Shares the Secret to Surviving Low-Season Lulls

Geir Karlsen leads an airline that defied the odds (and many critics) to bounce back from the edge of extinction.

Norwegian Air CEO Shares the Secret to Surviving Low-Season Lulls

Tourism

Destination Canada CEO Bets on New Promotion Fund, World Cup 2026

Canada's adapting to changes to its tourism sector and relationship with the Chinese market.

Destination Canada CEO Bets on New Promotion Fund, World Cup 2026

Online Travel

Latin America’s Despegar Opens Travel Agencies to Get Travelers to Book Online

If you work for an online travel agency and suggested it open brick-and-mortar stores to bring customers online, you would get very quizzical looks, at the least. Let's see if it works in Argentina and Brazil for Despegar/Decolar.

Latin America’s Despegar Opens Travel Agencies to Get Travelers to Book Online

Announcements

Video: Expedia’s CEOs and Chairman at Skift Forums

If you want to hear from the travel industry's top leaders, you need to be at Skift Forums and Summits.

Video: Expedia’s CEOs and Chairman at Skift Forums

Airline Weekly

American Airlines CEO Robert Isom

American Airlines CEO Robert Isom joined Edward Russell on stage at the Skift Aviation Forum on November 1. Enjoy their wide-ranging discussion from the year-end holiday outlook to international growth and boosting loyalty revenues.

American Airlines CEO Robert Isom

Travel Technology

Uber’s CEO on ‘Delightful’ Products and Smart Career Moves

Uber's CEO sits down with Skift's CEO to talk about the importance of building delightful products, the potential of autonomous vehicles, and the role of career compounding.

Uber’s CEO on ‘Delightful’ Products and Smart Career Moves

Hotels

How Sheila Johnson Shifted From Media Mogul To Hotel Tycoon – Full Video

Sheila Johnson - a billionaire you can empathize with - looks back on her journey to become a luxury hotel chief, and how Salamander is guided by the same principles she has followed across all of her businesses.

How Sheila Johnson Shifted From Media Mogul To Hotel Tycoon – Full Video

Online Travel

Hopper CEO Fred Lalonde: Growth Plans and Defending Fintech – Full Video

The current investment climate no longer values growth at all costs. That's the reality Hopper, the fast-growing online travel and fintech company, faces as it charts a way forward.

Hopper CEO Fred Lalonde: Growth Plans and Defending Fintech – Full Video