In Person, Online, and On Demand

September 21-23, 2021

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SKIFT GLOBAL FORUM returns to New York city – in person and ONLINE

Skift Global Forum 2021 – the flagship global conference on the business of travel – is back in person. It will take place as a three-day hybrid conference at the iconic TWA Hotel next to JFK in New York City, with both online and in-person speakers and attendees.

Now in its eighth year, Skift Global Forum 2021 is where industry leaders and executives will come together to discuss travel’s great comeback, making this Forum the most consequential in its history.

Join us in 2021 as we together reignite the global travel industry’s return!


When: September 21-23, 2021
In Person, Online, and On Demand

TWA Hotel at New York’s JFK Airport

and Online via Skift’s Event Platform


Day 1 / Sept 21: Opening event and reception

Day 2 / Sept 22: Full day of sessions, lunch, and evening reception

Day 3 / Sept 23: Half day of sessions, ending at lunchtime

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3

Tuesday, September 21st

5:00 PM

Opening Event

5:05 PM

A World On The Move: How Travel Can Adapt in the Decade Ahead

6:00 PM

Reception on TWA Hotel Tarmac

Wednesday, September 22nd

9:00 AM
9:05 AM

Presentation and Panel, hosted by Skift Research in Partnership with McKinsey & Company

9:25 AM

Charting a Path for Growth Amid Travel’s Uncertain Rebound

9:50 AM

Finding New Strategies for the Road Ahead

10:25 AM

Future Growth in Luxury, Lifestyle, and Sustainability

10:45 AM

Networking Break

11:15 AM

Panels and Editorial Interviews

11:50 AM

Finding New Approaches to Destination Storytelling and Local Connection

12:45 PM

Attendee Lunch and Networking

1:45 PM

Investor Predictions on the Future of Travel

1:45 PM

Afternoon Interviews and Discussions

2:05 PM

Future of Data and AI in Travel: How Will It Evolve?

2:30 PM

Panels, Talks, and Interviews to be Announced

3:30 PM

Networking Break

4:00 PM

Alternative Accommodations 3.0: No Longer the Alternative

5:10 PM

Rebuilding Online Travel and Trust with Stakeholders

5:30 PM

Closing Fireside Discussion: How Will Travel Change For Good?

6:00 PM

End-of-Day Reception and Networking

Thursday, September 23rd

9:00 AM


9:05 AM

Aviation’s Inflection Point: How the U.S. Moves Forward From Here

9:30 AM

Why Travel Needs Work Together as it Rebuilds

10:35 AM

Will Hybrid Events Even Make It Past 2021? A Deep Dive Report

10:45 AM

Morning Networking Break

11:15 AM

Building New Models for Travel’s Future

11:45 AM

Panels and Interviews

12:15 PM

Closing Interviews and Discussions

Speakers TBD

1:00 PM

Conference Ends


  • Reigniting Travel’s New Economy: Travel has a renewed  purpose and importance as the world reopens. It won’t be taken for granted again. How will the industry seize new economic opportunities, and also rebuild with a broader responsibility in mind?  
  • A World On The Move: For many, how we live and work has dramatically changed through the pandemic, and there are still even bigger shifts in mobility and who has access to travel ahead. How can travel plan ahead to be a geopolitical force for good? 
  • Regional Tourism is Here to Stay: Travel has found new strength in its own backyard. But will destinations and hotels preserve this local focus and open arms as the International jet-set return.
  • Hospitality’s Uncertain Rebound: As leisure travel sees a strong return, hotels are facing a tale of multiple cities, with some brands and regions faring very well, and other still closed. How long can this last given the lack of group, business, and urban travel? 
  • Aviation’s Imminent Inflection Point: As government aid comes to an end, how will airlines evolve with the delayed and sluggish return of business travel and international routes? Is the real test still ahead? 
  • Overcoming Travel’s Recency Bias: Travel’s bounce back seems to be moving far faster than people imagined. What lessons can we learn from this return and how travel can adapt to counter future hurdles?
  • A Return to Experience: After an extended period of living life online, how will the consumers and the industry return to a focus on experiences, local, and the senses, along with balancing heightened expectations of convenience?
  • Unlearning Travel’s Old Habits: Will the industry go back to the old status quo and forget lessons of the pandemic? How can travel look beyond attracting travelers at any cost, and instead find a better way to rebuild?

What Should I expect?

Hybrid events are new for everyone. Learn more about how we’re planning to make this a compelling and safe experience for attendees.

Learn more on our FAQ page.

For a past example of the calibre of speakers and schedule you can expect, please visit our Skift Global Forum 2020 site.


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Why You Should Participate

Skift Live events are transformative to businesses and brands.


Learn from the experiences and strategies of the most creative leaders at major travel brands.


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


Attendees will hear insights on how tech is disrupting the industry and adapting to consumer demand.


In Person

Limited tickets available, due to safety restrictions. Book early to assure your space.



Online Only


Solo Ticket

Full access to the event for one person.


Group booking

Invite up to 7 co-workers with just one purchase.

From $570

Master Pass

Access every online event in 2021, live and on-demand.

Join Us

Events take place on Eastern Standard Time (UTC -5).

Can’t attend during the live event? Recordings and presentations will be available on-demand after the Forum for both live and online attendees.

Tickets to Skift events are non-refundable. After purchasing a ticket, attendees can transfer registration to another person.

Other Ways to Attend


In Person or Online

Skift Research subscribers at every level – personal, professional, and enterprise – get 25% off of the full price of registration for live and online-only registrations. Use promo code RESEARCH21 through the Solo Ticket option, above. If you’re not currently signed in, click “Sign In” on the registration page.


In Person or Online

Skift Pro subscribers get 15% off the full price of registration for live and online-only registrations. Use promo code PRO21 through the Solo Ticket option, above. If you’re not currently signed in, click “Sign In” on the registration page.


Group Ticket rates for online participants begin at two tickets. 

  • Tickets for two attendees are US$285 each 
  • Tickets for three attendees are US$265 each 
  • Tickets for four to seven attendees are US$245 each 

You can purchase these through our registration portalSelect the number of tickets you need. Discounts will automatically be applied as you add attendees. 

To purchase more than sevent tickets, please contact for details on creating a custom package

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