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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

Hopper Partners With Spirit Airlines to Help It Sell More Extras

A significant ancillary play from the Canadian online travel agency, but not quite the leap forward for so-called new distribution capability in the U.S. many would want to see, given Spirit's reach and target flyers.

Hopper Partners With Spirit Airlines to Help It Sell More Extras

Online Travel

Travel Investor Certares Places $354 Million Bet on Aviation Service Firm Avia Solutions Group

No niche purchase this time round, but a more rounded investment in a wide-ranging aerospace business group. Find out more when Certares founder Greg O’Hara speaks at Skift Global Forum in New York next week.

Travel Investor Certares Places $354 Million Bet on Aviation Service Firm Avia Solutions Group

Tourism

Skift Global Forum Preview: Africa Tourism Leader Sees Big Opportunity Ahead to Diversify

The gloom-and-doom narrative that mainstream news loves to associate with Africa is no reflection on its tourism future — if its travel industry seizes the chance to innovate post pandemic.

Skift Global Forum Preview: Africa Tourism Leader Sees Big Opportunity Ahead to Diversify

Tourism

Skift Global Forum Preview: Global Strategist Parag Khanna Spots the Forces Uprooting Travel

It's hip now to be bearish on international travel's long-term trajectory. But Parag Khanna has fascinating insights into why the travel industry is central to a new, more mobile phase of history.

Skift Global Forum Preview: Global Strategist Parag Khanna Spots the Forces Uprooting Travel
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Mergers and Acquisitions

Skift Global Forum Video: Putting the World on Vacation Through Subscription Travel

In this conversation from 2021's Skift Global Forum, Carolyn Kremins, president at Skift, speaks with Michael D. Brown, president and CEO, Travel + Leisure Co. and Jaqueline Gifford, editor in chief, Travel + Leisure, about the future of subscription travel.

Skift Global Forum Video: Putting the World on Vacation Through Subscription Travel

Online Travel

Skift Global Forum Preview: Expedia CEO Sees Airbnb as ‘One-Dimensional’

Peter Kern is correct that Expedia Group currently offers broader travel services than do Airbnb and Booking Holdings, but whether Expedia can gain ground on its rivals and can execute on its strategy are entirely different questions.

Skift Global Forum Preview: Expedia CEO Sees Airbnb as ‘One-Dimensional’

Coronavirus

Skift Global Forum Preview: Accor CEO on Future Hotels Being More Than Places to Sleep

Accor has plenty of opportunities to transform itself into more of a lifestyle brand, but every one of its competitors is playing this strategy to some degree. Finding a way to stand out is easier said than done.

Skift Global Forum Preview: Accor CEO on Future Hotels Being More Than Places to Sleep

Tourism

Skift Global Forum Preview: How Florida Tourism Is Winning the Race to Recovery

For Visit Florida, the pandemic was a golden opportunity to boost its domestic market share while competitors remained restricted. And it worked — Florida's visitor numbers are on track for a record breaking year.

Skift Global Forum Preview: How Florida Tourism Is Winning the Race to Recovery