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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.

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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Travel Technology

Skift Global Forum Video: Transformation in Travel — Spotlight on Payments

In this video conversation from Skift Global Forum 2021, we hear from Carleigh Jaques, Senior VP, General Manager, Cybersource, a Visa Solution, about the changing nature of digital payments in the post-pandemic era.

Skift Global Forum Video: Transformation in Travel — Spotlight on Payments

EventMB

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

Airlines

12 Can’t-Miss Quotes From Skift Global Forum

The global travel industry still faces uncertainty in its recovery. But one thing is certain from all the interviews (and sometimes opposing viewpoints) at Skift Global Forum: How the world travels won't look like it did two years ago.

12 Can’t-Miss Quotes From Skift Global Forum

Tourism

How Travel Execs Reacted to Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky’s Golden Age Vision

Several fellow speakers aligned themselves with Brian Chesky at Skift Global Forum in a surprising show of unity among the dogfighting.

How Travel Execs Reacted to Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky’s Golden Age Vision

Travel Technology

Hopper CEO Hopes to Create a Google-Crushing Superapp for Travel

The generational signs are there, according to Hopper Chief Frederic Lalonde , and they're showing a future for superapps in the West.

Hopper CEO Hopes to Create a Google-Crushing Superapp for Travel

Hospitality

TWA Hotel Owner: Hospitality Needs to Adopt the Airline Pricing Model

Airlines shed their money-losing reputation by unbundling products and services and charging passengers on an à la carte basis. The recovering hotel industry could deploy the concept to make more money coming out of the pandemic.

TWA Hotel Owner: Hospitality Needs to Adopt the Airline Pricing Model

Tourism

U.S. Destinations Rush Plans to Welcome Return of International Visitors

Those U.S. destinations that have stayed ready during the pandemic for the return of international visitors don't have to waste valuable time getting prepped. The White House's unexpected relaxation of rules, however, has tourism officials scrambling.

U.S. Destinations Rush Plans to Welcome Return of International Visitors