Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC

SKIFT GLOBAL FORUM

September 27 - 28, 2016

THANKS FOR BEING PART OF THE AMAZING 2016 FORUM

SKIFT GLOBAL FORUM 2016: OUR PROMISE

Skift Global Forum is the largest creative business forum in the global travel industry. In three years — 2014 to 2016 — it has become what media, speakers and attendees have called the “TED of travel.”

It is the first conference focused on top Marketers, Strategists and Technologists in travel, the people creating and defining the future of travel. Skift carefully curates topics and speakers to inspire the professionals in travel about the business and creative potential of the world’s largest industry.

Our Global Forum helps top travel professionals understand the changing trends in travel across sectors, geographies, and the functional silos in travel industry.

To get an understanding of what you will get out of the Skift Global Forum, and why you should attend, check out: Skift Global Forum: This Is Not a Freakin’ Trade Conference

Check out the coverage of the previous Skift Global Forum editions here on Skift.com.

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2016 FORUM SPEAKERS

Skift Global Forum does not accept any speaker suggestions or submissions. The speaker selection each year is an internal editorial process based on programming needs as determined by Skift’s editors.

ARNE M. SORENSON

ARNE M. SORENSON

President and CEO, 
Marriott International, Inc.

ARNOLD DONALD

ARNOLD DONALD

President and CEO, Carnival Corporation

DARA KHOSROWSHAHI

DARA KHOSROWSHAHI

President and CEO, Expedia, Inc.

GILLIAN TANS

GILLIAN TANS

President and CEO, Booking.com

NIKI LEONDAKIS

NIKI LEONDAKIS

CEO, Commune Hotels & Resorts

LIZ LAMBERT

LIZ LAMBERT

Founder and CCO, Bunkhouse

RICH BARTON

RICH BARTON

Co-founder and Executive Chairman, Zillow Group

MERYL LEVITZ

MERYL LEVITZ

CEO, Visit Philadelphia

HENRI GISCARD D’ESTAING

HENRI GISCARD D’ESTAING

Chairman and CEO, Club Med

STEPHEN KAUFER

STEPHEN KAUFER

President and CEO, TripAdvisor

JAY WALKER

JAY WALKER

Founder, Priceline and CEO, Upside

RUZWANA BASHIR

RUZWANA BASHIR

Founder & CEO, Peek

SCHEDULE

#SessionSpeaker(s)TimeVenue
1Opening Evening Event - The Standard, High Line: Biergarten & Garden Rooms7:00PM-9:00pm848 Washington Street (Entrance at Corner of Little West 12th Street) New York, NY 10014
#SessionSpeaker(s)TimeVenue
1Doors Open / Breakfast7:30AMAlice Tully Hall
2Welcome to Skift Global ForumRAFAT ALI 8:35AMAlice Tully Hall
3Deep Dive Q&A w/ the CEO of Carnival Corporation: Winning Over the 98%JASON CLAMPET , ARNOLD DONALD 8:50AMAlice Tully Hall
4Deep Dive Q&A w/ the CEO of The Travel Corporation: State of Packaged Travel and Why it MattersHANNAH SAMPSON , BRETT TOLLMAN 9:20AMAlice Tully Hall
5Deep Dive Q&A w/ the President of Air Canada: Creating a Home in the Sky for Every PassengerBENJAMIN SMITH , JOE LEADER 9:50AMAlice Tully Hall
6Networking Break Sponsored By Cendyn10:20AMAlice Tully Hall
7Skift Talk w/ the CEO of Commune Hotels and Resorts: Next Generation Lifestyle BrandNIKI LEONDAKIS 10:50AMAlice Tully Hall
8Skift Talk w/ the CEO of Routehappy: What Airline Passengers Really WantROBERT ALBERT 11:05AMAlice Tully Hall
9Deep Dive Q&A w/ the CEO of Expedia: What's Next in Online TravelDENNIS SCHAAL , DARA KHOSROWSHAHI 11:20AMAlice Tully Hall
10Panel: Online Travel at 20 Years OldDENNIS SCHAAL , BRAD GERSTNER , JAY WALKER , RICH BARTON , DARA KHOSROWSHAHI 11:50AMAlice Tully Hall
11Panel: Doing to Being—The Zen of Digital Transformation (Sponsored by Adobe)GORDON HO , BARRY GOLDSTEIN , CAROLYN CORDA , MICHAEL KLEIN , RAFAT ALI 12:25PMAlice Tully Hall
12Lunch12:45PMDavid Geffen Hall
13Skift Talk w/ the CEO of MMGY Global: Avoiding the Plague of Traveler StereotypesCLAYTON REID 1:45PMAlice Tully Hall
14Deep Dive Q&A w/ a Director at Promote Iceland: Pros and Cons of Rapid Tourism Growth RAFAT ALI , Inga Hlín Pálsdóttir 2:00PMAlice Tully Hall
15Panel: What Ails US TravelMERYL LEVITZ , JASON CLAMPET , ROGER DOW 2:20PMAlice Tully Hall
16Panel: The Great Debate - Points vs. PriceBRIAN SUMERS , GEORGE HOBICA , BRIAN KELLY 2:50PMAlice Tully Hall
17Skift Talk w/ a SVP at Smartling: Rethinking the Global Customer Journey in the Age of Uber and Airbnb (Sponsored by Smartling)KEVIN COHN 3:20PMAlice Tully Hall
18Networking Break3:30PMAlice Tully Hall
19Skift Talk w/ the CEO of HYP3R: On-Location - The New Frontier of Social (Sponsored by HYP3R)CARLOS GARCIA 4:00PMAlice Tully Hall
20Skift Talk w/ the Publisher of Callisto Publishers: Iconic Design in AviationMatthias C. Hühne 4:10PMAlice Tully Hall
21Skift Talk w/ the CEO of Wolff Olins: The Heroic Purpose of Travel IJE NWOKORIE 4:25PMAlice Tully Hall
22Deep Dive Q&A w/ the CEO of Generator Hostels: Reinventing the HostelGREG OATES , FREDRIK KORALLUS 4:40PMAlice Tully Hall
23Panel: Building a Hotel Brand in the Sharing Economy AgeGREG OATES , LIZ LAMBERT , AMAR LALVANI 5:00PMAlice Tully Hall
24Deep Dive Q&A w/ the CEO of Marriott: The Opportunities of ScaleRAFAT ALI , ARNE M. SORENSON 5:20PMAlice Tully Hall
25Evening Reception (Sponsored by Chase Sapphire Reserve)6:00pmAlice Tully Hall
26End of Day 17:00PMAlice Tully Hall
#SessionSpeaker(s)TimeVenue
1Doors Open / Breakfast7:30AMAlice Tully Hall
2Welcome to Day 2RAFAT ALI 8:35AMAlice Tully Hall
3Deep Dive Q&A w/ the CEO of Booking.com: Scale and Choice in an Age of Personalization in Online TravelRAFAT ALI , GILLIAN TANS 8:50AMAlice Tully Hall
4Deep Dive Q&A w/ the CEO of Club Med: The Future of All-Inclusive in a Changing World JULIA COSGROVE , HENRI GISCARD D’ESTAING 9:20AMAlice Tully Hall
5Deep Dive Q&A w/ former CEO of Starwood Hotels and Resorts: How to Avoid Being Devoured in a Rapidly Changing WorldFrits van Paasschen , JASON CLAMPET 9:50AMAlice Tully Hall
6Video: The DNA Journey (Sponsored by Momondo Group)10:20AMAlice Tully Hall
7Networking Break Sponsored by Momondo Group10:25AMAlice Tully Hall
8Skift Talk w/ the CEO of 500px: Visual Intelligence is the Future - Your Photos Are Your Product, Optimize or Die (Sponsored by 500px)ANDY YANG 10:55AMAlice Tully Hall
9Deep Dive Q&A w/ the VP of Engineering at Google: Google's Growing Travel FootprintDENNIS SCHAAL , OLIVER HECKMANN 11:05AMAlice Tully Hall
10Deep Dive Q&A w/ the Head of Global Business Marketing at Facebook: Changing From Agency Thinking to Platform ThinkingBRIAN MORRISSEY , SARAH PERSONETTE 11:25AMAlice Tully Hall
11Skift Talk w/ the CEO of SilverRail: Travel’s Next Chapter - Seamless MobilityAARON GOWELL 11:45AMAlice Tully Hall
12Deep Dive Q&A w/ the CEO of Lola: Next Big Travel Business - Mature Founders Solving Hard Problems RAFAT ALI , PAUL ENGLISH 12:00PMAlice Tully Hall
13Skift Talk w/ the President of Fathom: Travel Deep - Unleashing Human Potential (Sponsored by Fathom) TARA RUSSELL 12:20PMDavid Geffen Hall
14LunchDavid Geffen Hall
15Panel: The Hospitality Mindset for Changing Guest DesiresCHIP CONLEY , JASON CLAMPET 1:40PMAlice Tully Hall
16Deep Dive Q&A w/ the Head of R&D at Amadeus: Creating a Framework for Travel Innovation (Sponsored by Amadeus) DENNIS SCHAAL , RASHESH JETHI 2:20PMAlice Tully Hall
17Deep Dive Q&A w/ the CEO of Peek: Navigating The Complex Landscape of Travel Industry As a StartupRUZWANA BASHIR , RAFAT ALI 2:35PMAlice Tully Hall
18Data Dive w/ the CEO of CB Insights: The Unbundling of Travel ANAND SANWAL 2:55PMAlice Tully Hall
19Skift Talk w/ the CEO of Upside: Imagination - The Missing IngredientJAY WALKER 3:05PMAlice Tully Hall
20Deep Dive Q&A w/ the President of Upside: Special Announcement (Sponsored by Upside) CAROLYN KREMINS , SCOTT CASE 3:20PMAlice Tully Hall
21Networking Break3:25PMAlice Tully Hall
22Skift Talk w/ a Partner at James Sanders + Associates: Celluoid Skyline, Tourism and New York in the Movies JAMES SANDERS, AIA 3:55PMAlice Tully Hall
23Data Dive w/ the Research Director at Skift: Travelers' Manifesto on the Future of TravelLUKE BUJARSKI 4:10PMAlice Tully Hall
24Panel: The Needs of Super Travelers And Why They Matter (Sponsored by Allianz Global Assistance)ALEXANDRA WOOD , LEONARD BRODY , COLIN NAGY , JALAK JOBANPUTRA , LUKE BUJARSKI 4:20PMAlice Tully Hall
25Panel: SXSW and Superfly on Creating ExperiencesGREG OATES , RICH GOODSTONE , MIKE SHEA 4:45PMAlice Tully Hall
26Deep Dive Q&A w/ the CEO of TripAdvisor: The TripAdvisor effect - How Big Can it Get?RAFAT ALI , STEPHEN KAUFER 5:20PMAlice Tully Hall
27End of Day 25:50PMAlice Tully Hall

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Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
1941 Broadway & W. 65th St.
New York, NY 10023

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