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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.

Hotels

Marriott CEO Juggles Growth Ambitions With Plan to Go Net-Zero by 2050

Anthony Capuano revealed an an ambitious sustainability plan at Skift Global Forum on Wednesday, which puts a lot of the onus on franchise owners and partners.

Marriott CEO Juggles Growth Ambitions With Plan to Go Net-Zero by 2050

Short-Term Rentals

Airbnb CEO Sees the New Age of Mobility Redefining the World of Travel

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky presented his vision for a dramatically changed travel industry of the future. The issue that no one can answer right is how enduring some of these trends will be.

Airbnb CEO Sees the New Age of Mobility Redefining the World of Travel

Tourism

Travel Needs to Get Ahead of the ‘Great Migration’: Strategist Parag Khanna

The media may be spinning a tale of increased nationalism, but that's not what's actually happening. The travel industry's focus must stay on the world's shifting human mobility patterns where it can play a huge role and reap the benefits.

Travel Needs to Get Ahead of the ‘Great Migration’: Strategist Parag Khanna

Announcements

Watch: Skift Global Forum Opening Night

Join at 5pm EST on September 21 to watch our free livestream of interviews with Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky and geopolitical author and strategist Parag Khanna.

Watch: Skift Global Forum Opening Night
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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

Tourism

Tourism’s Time for Talk Is Over

Will the industry seize this historic moment to go beyond discourse, and rebuild in a way that puts communities first?

Tourism’s Time for Talk Is Over

Coronavirus

Skift Global Forum Preview: Incoming Southwest CEO Robert Jordan on Pulling Off New Service to 18 Airports in 18 Months

Incoming Southwest Airlines CEO Robert Jordan sees the pandemic's road to recovery in four stages: Survive, stabilize, repair, and prosper.  Right now, he says his airline is still in the stabilize phase.

Skift Global Forum Preview: Incoming Southwest CEO Robert Jordan on Pulling Off New Service to 18 Airports in 18 Months

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

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’