Design the Future

Original Date December 9, 2021

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Inspiring New Possibilities for the Future of Travel

Design The Future is an online event to inspire the travel industry’s transformation through purpose-driven design, innovation, and creativity. 

The unprecedented challenges of the pandemic have paved the way for remarkable moments of resilience, new business models, and ingenuity across travel sectors. Now, as the next era of travel begins to take shape, industry leaders are redefining their strategies, spaces, and services in new and meaningful ways.

This free online event had wide-ranging discussions with visionary designers, brand builders, entrepreneurs, and trend experts around the ideas travel needs to define the decade ahead. During this event, we explored: 

  • How do travel brands adapt to a post-pandemic world? 
  • What are travel companies doing to take action on climate change and create a more sustainable future? 
  • How can travel brands navigate today’s ever-changing digital consumer landscape?
  • What actions can expand travel’s consciousness and lead to a more holistic industry? 
  • What does the next phase of the internet (Web 3.0, the metaverse, etc) mean for travel and connecting to consumers? 
  • How are the most innovative leaders working to reimagine travel’s future?

Supporting Sponsors



Thursday, December 9th

11:00 AM



Matt Heidkamp
11:05 AM

Skift Research: Travel Mythbusters

11:15 AM

Can Travel Avoid a Return to Old Bad Habits?

James Thornton

Intrepid Travel


Lebawit Lily Girma
11:40 AM

IDEA Awards Winner Feature

11:50 AM

The Role of Brand Purpose in Hospitality

12:40 PM

IDEA Awards Winner Feature

12:45 PM
1:20 PM

Why Seamless Payments are Critical to the Future of Travel

1:30 PM

New Frameworks For Integrating Wellness into Travel

2:05 PM

IDEA Awards Winner Feature

2:10 PM

Opportunities for Travel in the Next Stage of the Internet

3:00 PM

Event Ends

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