Skift Global Forum 2021

Complete coverage of speakers and conversations at the travel industry’s top event. Read summaries, watch video highlights, and stay up to date with the latest announcements.

Hotels

Full Video: Marriott CEO Anthony Capuano at Skift Global Forum 2021

Anthony Capuano was named to fill the late Arne Sorenson's shoes this year, but the new Marriott CEO has hit the ground running. Listen to how he is building on his predecessor's legacy and at the same time making his own mark for the world's largest global hotel chain.

Full Video: Marriott CEO Anthony Capuano at Skift Global Forum 2021

Online Travel

Full Video: Expedia CEO Peter Kern at Skift Global Forum 2021

Look for Expedia's vacation rental unit, Vrbo, to keep gaining market share in geographies where it is already strong. But the brand hasn't always been nimble, and it may be missing out opportunities.

Full Video: Expedia CEO Peter Kern at Skift Global Forum 2021

Travel Technology

Full Video: Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi at Skift Global Forum 2021

Uber in recent years has been offloading operations in geographies where it can't compete. Its CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who is an Expedia board member, knows that Expedia's Vrbo, too, can't launch a frontal assault against the larger Airbnb, but has to invest into its strength. That's worked to a degree.

Full Video: Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi at Skift Global Forum 2021

Mergers and Acquisitions

Full Video: Certares Founder Greg O’Hara at Skift Global Forum 2021

Greg O'Hara of Certares argued that this is the easiest time to make travel investments ever — "if you are an expert." That's an important caveat, and we are skeptical that it is still not as easy as O'Hara lets on.

Full Video: Certares Founder Greg O’Hara at Skift Global Forum 2021
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Luxury

Skift Global Forum Video: The Evolution of Luxury Travel

In this brand talk from Skift Global Forum 2021, Audrey Hendley, president of American Express Travel, speaks with Rafat Ali, Skift founder and CEO, on what luxury travel will look like moving forward.

Skift Global Forum Video: The Evolution of Luxury Travel

Hotels

Full Video: Accor CEO Sébastien Bazin at Skift Global Forum 2021

The hotel welcome mat belongs to guests near and far. Accor CEO Sebastien Bazin's future vision for the future of Accor banks on the idea more business will come from next door neighbors checking out a restaurant, café, or meeting space.

Full Video: Accor CEO Sébastien Bazin at Skift Global Forum 2021

Airlines

Full Video: Incoming Southwest CEO Robert Jordan at Skift Global Forum 2021

Southwest Airline's incoming CEO says he has a "bias for action." That's not a bad trait to have in an environment where everything has changed in the last 18 months.

Full Video: Incoming Southwest CEO Robert Jordan at Skift Global Forum 2021

Online Travel

Full Video: Hopper CEO Frederic Lalonde at Skift Global Forum 2021

We've been skeptics of Hopper since Skift's launch. They've been proving us wrong lately, and that's OK.

Full Video: Hopper CEO Frederic Lalonde at Skift Global Forum 2021

Airlines

Full Video: Clear CEO Caryn Seidman Becker at Skift Global Forum 2021

Clear's previous experience vetting travelers and moving them quickly through airport security put it in an excellent position to take on the challenges of identity, health, and vaccination in the (hopefully) coming post-Covid panic world.

Full Video: Clear CEO Caryn Seidman Becker at Skift Global Forum 2021

Hotels

Full Video: Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky on Travel’s Revolutionary Moment

Airbnb's Chesky has seen the future, and it is a lot like Airbnb: "This revolution really is about flexibility," he told attendees. "Suddenly you can live anywhere, you can work anywhere. And I think what’s pretty clear is we’ve all learned how much work can get done remotely."

Full Video: Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky on Travel’s Revolutionary Moment

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Biggest Takeaways for Event Professionals From the Hybrid Skift Global Forum

The Skift Global Forum 2021, the premier global conference on the business of travel, took place last week in a hybrid format. With speakers and attendees joining in-person and online, we uncover the most valuable takeaways for event professionals. 

Biggest Takeaways for Event Professionals From the Hybrid Skift Global Forum

Tourism

10 Big Questions I Have on the Future of Travel Post-Pandemic

These are strangely precarious and hopeful times. These are the big questions I have as travel is poised for a big recovery, even as some answers have emerged in the last year.

10 Big Questions I Have on the Future of Travel Post-Pandemic