Start: April 4, 2017
8:00 am
End: April 4, 2017
6:00 pm

Skift Global Forum is the largest creative business gathering in the global travel industry. Over the last three years 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 in order to inspire the professionals in travel about the business and creative potential of world’s largest industry. Our Global Forum events — first in New York City and now in London — help top travel professionals understand the changing trends in travel across sectors, geographies, and the functional silos in travel industry.

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Speakers

Richard Solomons
CEO
InterContinental Hotels Group

Richard has led the continued growth of IHG, including the launch of HUALUXE Hotels and Resorts® and EVEN® Hotels, and IHG’s acquisition of Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants. Richard was integral in shaping and implementing IHG’s asset light strategy, which has helped the business grow significantly since it was formed in 2003. He is a member of the Industry Real Estate Financing Advisory Council, a Governor of the Aviation and Travel Industry Group of the World Economic Forum and a Non-Executive Director to the Board of Marks and Spencer Group.

Bjørn Kjos
CEO
Norwegian Air

Mr. Bjørn Kjos(born 1946) has been the Chief Executive Officer of Norwegian since October 2002. He is one of the founding partners of Norwegian Air Shuttle and was the Chairman of the Board between 1993-1996. Mr. Kjos was also Chairman during the start-up period of the Boeing 737 operation from June-September 2002. He was granted the right of audience in the Supreme Court in 1993. Mr. Kjos was a fighter pilot in the 334 squadron for six years, and is a law graduate from the University of Oslo.

Daniel Houghton
CEO
Lonely Planet

Daniel Houghton is CEO of Lonely Planet, one of the world’s leading travel media companies. He leads Lonely Planet’s global team of over 350 staff based on four continents. Lonely Planet is the largest travel guidebook publisher in the world with 450 titles, content published in 14 languages, digital assets on desktop and mobile, 12 international magazine editions and products in more than 150 countries. Previously, Daniel worked as a photojournalist and multimedia producer for clients such as The Seattle Times, US Army, ABC, Associated Press and McClatchy Newspapers.

Hugo Burge
CEO
Momondo Group

Hugo leads a 300-strong team spread across London, Copenhagen, Boston and Sydney operating the parent company of pioneering global travel search brands, Cheapflights and momondo, for over a million daily users in 30 markets. He channels his love of design and entrepreneurial flair into a commitment to build products people love and a strong company purpose, and to drive rapid global growth. His has been recognised with a variety of industry accolades, including Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and the Travolution Achievement Award in 2016.

Event Programme

Tentative Schedule
SESSION TITLE SPEAKER(S) TIME
Welcome to Skift Forum Europe Rafat Ali 9:00
Deep Dive Q&A w/ the CEO of InterContinental Hotels Group: The Next, Next Big Thing in Hospitality Richard Solomons 9:15
Moderated by: Rafat Ali
Deep Dive Q&A w/ the CEO of Norwegian Air: The Invention of Low-Cost, Long-Haul Flying Bjørn Kjos 9:35
Moderated by: Jason Clampet
Deep Dive Q&A w/ the Co-Founder & CEO of Kayak: The Next Phase of Consolidation of Online Booking Steve Hafner 9:55
Moderated by: Dennis Schaal
Panel: Habits of Chinese Travelers / Rise of WeChat Coming Soon 10:15
Moderated by: Luke Bujarski
Networking Break 10:30
Panel: The Two Sides of Personalization Coming Soon 10:50 AM
Moderated by: Greg Oates
Panel Talk w/ the Founding Partner at PROfounders Capital, Co-Founder & COO of GetYourGuide, and the Founder & Managing Partner at Seaya Ventures: Startups and Their Investors , 11:05 AM
Sean Seton-Rogers,
Tao Tao
Moderated by: Rafat Ali
Deep Dive Q&A w/ the CEO of Momondo Group: Travel Search Gets Personal Hugo Burge 11:30 AM
Moderated by: Patrick Whyte
Deep Dive Q&A w/ the Co-Founder & CEO of Skyscanner: What China Is Teaching Europe About Booking Gareth Williams 11:50 AM
Moderated by: Dennis Schaal
Deep Dive Q&A w/ the Managing Director at Trivago: After the IPO Johannes Thomas 12:10 PM
Moderated by: Jason Clampet
Video Presentation Coming Soon 12:29 PM
Lunch Break 12:30 PM
Panel Talk with the CEO of Lonely Planet, and the CEO of SUITCASE Magazine: Future of Packaged Travel Media Daniel Houghton, 1:45 PM
Serena Guen
Moderated by: Jason Clampet
Panel Talk with the CEO of Lonely Planet, and the CEO of SUITCASE Magazine: Future of Packaged Travel Media Daniel Houghton, 1:45 PM
Serena Guen
Moderated by: Jason Clampet
Panel Talk w/ the Co-Founders of Mr & Mrs Smith: The Secrets of Guest Loyalty James & Tamara Lohan 2:05 PM
Moderated by: Patrick Whyte
Deep Dive Q&A w/ the Founder & CEO of Design Hotels: The Independent Spirit in European Hospitality Claus Sendlinger 2:25 PM
Moderated by: Greg Oates
Skift Talk w/ Asia Trend Strategist at TrendWatching: Asian Trends Affecting European Travel Sector Acacia Leroy 2:45 PM
Panel Talk w/ COO of noma, and COO of VizEat: Dining Out is the New Rock and Roll Ben Liebmann, 3:00 PM
Camille Rumani
Moderated by: Greg Oates
Deep Dive Q&A w/ the CEO of Mileslife: Future of Points + Loyalty Troy Liu 3:25 PM
Moderated by: Luke Bujarski
Networking Break 3:40 PM
Panel Talk: Topic TBD Coming Soon 4:00 PM
Panel Talk w/ Acting Chief Executive at London & Partners, and Chairman World Travel & Tourism Council & Chairman at Dubai Holdings: Future of European Travel Andrew Cooke, 4:15 PM
Gerald Lawless
Moderated by: Patrick Whyte
Deep Dive Q&A w/ the Vice President of Engineering at Google Travel: Topic TBD Oliver Heckmann 4:40 PM
Moderated by: Dennis Schaal
Deep Dive Q&A w/ the CMO of TUI Group: Topic TBD Erik Friemuth  5:00 PM
Moderated by: Patrick Whyte
Fees & Tickets
FULL-PRICE TICKET