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Skift Global Forum 2020

Skift Global Forum 2020 — the flagship global conference on the business of travel — will take place as an online International conference this year. In 2020, the “Global” really lives up to its promise, with a live broadcast on Eastern Timezone and on-demand access the day after and onwards. The Forum will feature talks with 40+ travel leaders spread over three days; accessible from anywhere in the world, any time you want.

Through our 2020 global theme, “The Decade Ahead: Safeguarding Travel’s Future,” Skift editors will lead frank and transparent conversations focused on what 2021 and beyond may look like for travel. This event will be essential for hearing how the industry’s leading business minds are working towards recovery and answering the big questions facing travel:

  • What parts of global travel are gone forever?
  • How has the pandemic accelerated digital transformation in travel?
  • What does the future of online booking look like, and can it drive a faster rebound?
  • Can hotels even re-open through uneven and unpredictable waves of return?
  • How will the airline industry ever be able to rebound from this crisis?
  • Where are the new travel tech innovators going to come from, and what parts of the industry will they disrupt?
  • Is the world better off with a travel industry that is, say, 20 percent smaller going forward?

Can’t attend live? Recordings and presentations will be available on-demand after the Forum


Speakers

Adam Sacks
Founder and President of Tourism Economics
Oxford Economics
Casper Overbeek
Director of Customer Experience
CitizenM
Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg
Co-Owner and Co-President
Valerie Wilson Travel
Muna Haddad
Founder and Managing Director
BARAKA
Eric Liebman
Global Head of Travel
Ingenico ePayments
Workshop Speaker
Jason Glas
Head of Travel, US
Criteo
Workshop Speaker
Beks Ndlovu
Founder
African Bush Camps
Peter Kern
Vice Chairman and CEO
Expedia Group
Haixia Wang
VP of Research
Skift
Lisa Checchio
EVP & Chief Marketing Officer
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
Mark Vondrasek
Chief Commercial Officer
Hyatt
Linda Jojo
Executive Vice President, Technology and Chief Digital Officer
United
Sébastien Bazin
Chairman and CEO
Accor
Wouter Geerts
Senior Research Analyst
Skift
Glenn Jones
Interim CEO
Bermuda Tourism Authority
Christian Selchau-Hansen
Co-Founder and CEO
Formation
Melissa Dalrymple
Partner
McKinsey & Company
Chantal Sturk-Nadeau
Executive Director
Destination Canada Business Events
Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz
Chief Product Officer
MGM Resorts
Eric Bailey
Global Director of Travel
Microsoft
Gertjan Dewaele
Product Innovation Lead
Ingenico ePayments
Workshop Speaker
Glenn Fogel
CEO and President
Booking Holdings
Clayton Nelson
Head of Strategy and Business Development
Egencia
Keith Barr
CEO
IHG
Ford Blakely
Founder, SVP & GM
Medallia Zingle
Geetika Agrawal
Founder and CEO
Vacation with An Artist (VAWAA)
Scott Kirby
CEO
United Airlines
Sooho Choi
EVP, Global Head of Travel & Hospitality
Publicis Sapient
Sven-Olof Lindblad
CEO
Lindblad Expeditions
Amy Weinberg
SVP, World of Hyatt
Hyatt
Darren Murph
Head of Remote
GitLab
Maya Leibman
EVP and Chief Information Officer
American Airlines
David Peller
Global Head, Travel and Hospitality
Amazon Web Services
Suzan Kereere
Global Head of Merchant Sales and Acquiring
Visa
Brian Kirkland
Chief Technology Officer
Choice Hotels International
James Thornton
CEO
Intrepid Travel
Max ZT & Priya Darshini
National Hammered Dulcimer Champion & Vocal Artist
Barry Diller
Chairman and Senior Executive
IAC and Expedia Group
Ed Bastian
CEO
Delta
Deborah Pevenstein
Chief Revenue Officer
Optii Solutions
Federico J. González Tejera
CEO
Radisson Hotel Group
Pauline Rigaudy
Client Partner, Travel, EMEA
Criteo
Workshop Speaker
Julie Coker
President and CEO
San Diego Tourism Authority
Virginie De Visscher
Senior Director of Business Development, Economic Sectors
Destination Canada Business Events
Elliott Ferguson
President and CEO
Destination DC
Jules Seeley
Senior Partner
McKinsey & Company
Prakash Ranjan
VP, Marketing Technology
MGM Resorts Inc.
Laurie Gablehouse
Head of Travel Solutions
Ingenico ePayments
Workshop Speaker
Monya Mandich
Vice President, Marketing
Expedia Group Media Solutions
Bex Deadman
Managing Director
Blue Cube Travel
Keith Tan
Chief Executive
Singapore Tourism Board
Gavin Landry
Executive Vice President / Director, The Americas
VisitBritain
Atif Rafiq
President of Commercial & Growth
MGM Resorts International
Joanna Geraghty
President & Chief Operating Officer
JetBlue
Stephen Cluskey
Co-founder and CEO
Mobility Mojo
Joshua Neckes
Co-Founder and President
Simon Data
Gustavo Segura Sancho
Minister of Tourism
Costa Rica Tourism Board
Julie Grieve
CEO
Criton
Dan Frommer
Founder and Editor in Chief
The New Consumer
Danielle Brown
Chief Marketing Officer
Points
Judy Emma
Senior Manager, Global Travel
Twitter
Clare Akamanzi
CEO
Rwanda Development Board
Laurie Garrett
Award-winning Science Writer
Arne Sorenson
President and CEO
Marriott International
Neil Jacobs
CEO
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas
Dan Holowack
Co-Founder and CEO
CrowdRiff
Betsy O’Rourke
Chief Marketing Officer
Xanterra
Jeanne Jones
Head of Community
Amperity
Christopher Evans
Joint CEO
Collinson Group
Andrew Watterson
EVP & Chief Commercial Officer
Southwest Airlines

Companies attending include:

What Attendees Say About Skift Events

We asked participants of Skift Global Forum 2019 for one word to describe the event. Here’s what they said.

“Cutting-edge”

“Provocative”

“Invigorating”

“World-Class”

“Inspiring”

“Complete”

“Enlightening”


Why You Should Participate

Skift Forums Are Transformative to Businesses and Brands

Marketing

Hear the experiences and strategies of major travel brands, insights from tourism boards, experts reinventing guest experience in hotels, and more.

Strategy

Our agenda is jam-packed with opportunities to learn from experts, gain tactical knowledge, and understand the latest trends in travel.

Technology

From CEOs to startups disrupting the travel landscape, attendees will hear insights on how tech is disrupting the industry and adapting to consumer demand.


What to Expect

Skift Editors and Analysts discuss the themes we’ll explore at this year’s event.


Who You’ll Connect With

Decision makers and strategists attend Skift Global Forum to learn from other leaders as well as their peers. Here’s a cross-section of who participates each year:

 

Online travel and travel tech executives looking to hear from the leading CEOs in their sectors and to connect with suppliers and customers

Entrepreneurs seeking to connect with decision makers to help shape their ideas and partner with their startups 

Investors and business development executives looking to examine shifts in the market and assess partner opportunities for expansion

Hospitality executives exploring the evolution of service and technology partnerships that can improve their business performance

Tourism and destination professionals looking to understand their markets, new consumer sentiments, and learn best practices from travel’s most innovative leaders

Consumer and enterprise tech companies providing platforms and solutions that support the industry

Airline strategy and distribution executives looking to broaden loyalty strategy, understand new technology, and find creative ways to drive demand

Travel advisors and tour operators seeking new ways to surprise and delight their customers in an experience-driven world

Marketers and creative executives looking to inspire consumers and develop engaging campaigns to drive travel’s recovery



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