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Travel Industry CEO Interviews

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

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

Online Travel

Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel: eTraveli Acquisition, Prices — Full Video

Despite his frustration with the European Commission blocking Booking Holdings' deal with the eTraveli Group, Glenn Fogel maintains his company will still build out its flight business. Watch him address that and more during his recent appearance at Skift Global Forum.

Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel: eTraveli Acquisition, Prices — Full Video

Hotels

Hyatt CEO Mark Hoplamazian Links Empathy With Hotel Growth — Full Video

Hyatt's Mark Hoplamazian said fostering human connections will drive the group's growth. But he said the hotel company has learned from digital innovation, such as how his team applies software development techniques to create brands. Fascinating.

Hyatt CEO Mark Hoplamazian Links Empathy With Hotel Growth — Full Video

Online Travel

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi: ‘Super Apps,’ AI and Uber Teens — Full Video

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi thinks Uber's next phase of growth will come from scaling and product innovation. Hint: Uber Teens and Uber Freight?

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi: ‘Super Apps,’ AI and Uber Teens — Full Video

Hotels

Hilton CEO Christopher Nassetta Seeks ‘Even Playing Field’ for Hotel Fees — Full Video

Hilton President and CEO Chris Nassetta said a lot on the Skift Global Forum stage. Most notably, he advocated for U.S. lawmakers to compel third-party distributors to display resort fee and other junk fees upfront on a consumer's first search.

Hilton CEO Christopher Nassetta Seeks ‘Even Playing Field’ for Hotel Fees — Full Video

Short-Term Rentals

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky: Cleaning Fees, NYC, and AI — Full Video

Brian Chesky has big plans for Airbnb, with a vision that essentially reimagines the platform in its next generation. And he plans to be around for at least a couple more decades to see it all through.

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky: Cleaning Fees, NYC, and AI — Full Video

Online Travel

Expedia CEO Peter Kern Explains Breakup With Hopper and AI Plans – Full Video

Expedia Group CEO Peter Kern didn't just delve into the past during his appearance at Skift Global Forum — he touched on its AI-powered future as well as its international expansion plans.

Expedia CEO Peter Kern Explains Breakup With Hopper and AI Plans – Full Video

Skift Meetings

CEO of Visit Milwaukee: What It’s Like to Take the National Stage

Not only is Peggy Williams-Smith, President and CEO of VISIT Milwaukee, the first native Milwaukeean to hold this position, but she is also the first woman.

CEO of Visit Milwaukee: What It’s Like to Take the National Stage

Skift Meetings

Maritz CEO on Unleashing Human Potential

The importance of company culture continues to grow, even more so when you are in the process of integrating multiple entities with their own cultures into one brand.

Maritz CEO on Unleashing Human Potential