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The Next Big Challenges for Low-Cost Airlines

10/17/2018
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This episode of the Skift podcast explores a major hurdle for low-cost airlines: how to make long-haul flights make money. Our experts are Skift Senior Aviation Business Editor Brian Sumers and Seth Kaplan, editor of Airline Weekly, a 14-year-old newsletter that Skift recently bought.

Duration:00:39:35

Travel's Tough Truths and Inspirations

9/19/2018
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This episode of the Skift podcast explores uncomfortable truths about travel, as well as the things that inspire us about the industry. The conversation was sparked by two pieces of writing from Skift Founder and CEO Rafat Ali, who is one of our guests. He's joined by Skift Co-Founder Jason Clampet, who is also general manager of Skift Table, and Skift News Editor Hannah Sampson.

Duration:00:40:26

How London is Powering a Travel Startup Cluster

9/21/2017
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On this sponsored episode of the Skift podcast, we’re talking about what destinations can do to better forge alliances between tourism and tech. Our guests come from both worlds: London and Partners innovation relationship manager Danielle Sheerin joins research and insights manager Louise Wilks along with Katie Hegarty, lab program and community manager with the Trampery. This is a sponsored podcast produced by SkiftX in collaboration with London and Partners.

Duration:00:53:43

What to Expect From the New Expedia

9/13/2017
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On this episode of the Skift podcast, we're talking all about Expedia in the wake of big changes. Now-former CEO Dara Khosrowshahi left to take the top job at Uber, and Expedia promoted its CFO Mark Okerstrom to the chief executive position. A team of Skift experts gathered to talk about Dara’s legacy, his replacement, Expedia’s financial performance, and the opportunities and challenges ahead. Leading the conversation was Skift executive editor Dennis Schaal, senior research analyst Jared...

Duration:00:37:22

What Next-Level Hotels Have in Common

6/21/2017
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On today's episode of the Skift Podcast, we're hearing from hotel experts who make a living helping travelers find standout properties. Our guests are Claus Sendlinger, CEO and founder of Design Hotels, and James Lohan and Tamara Heber-Percy, the founders of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, a travel club that started out as a guidebook featuring under-the-radar boutique hotels. They spoke at Skift Forum Europe in London this year and sat down with us backstage in the Skift Take Studio.

Duration:00:30:59

InterContinental Hotels Group CEO on Customers Who Want It All

6/7/2017
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Our guest on today's mini-episode of the Skift Podcast is Richard Solomons, the soon-to-retire CEO of InterContinental Hotels Group. He spoke at Skift Forum Europe this year and joined us backstage in the Skift Take Studio to discuss how IHG is trying to cater to both millennials and baby boomers, the way the company is keeping well-known brands relevant but comfortably familiar, the reason he isn’t really worried about Airbnb, and plans to expand the boutique Kimpton brand.

Duration:00:17:13

Travel Search, Bargain Hunting and the Future of Booking

5/24/2017
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On today's episode of the Skift Podcast, we're talking about the way consumers comparison shop for travel. Our guests are executives from some of the top metasearch companies in the world: Trivago managing director Johannes Thomas, Kayak CEO Steve Hafner, Momondo Group CEO Hugo Burge, and Skyscanner CEO and co-founder Gareth Willams. Each spoke at Skift Forum Europe in London this year and sat down individually with us backstage in the Skift Take Studio.

Duration:00:47:13

Norwegian Air CEO on Flying Cheap and Long-Haul

5/10/2017
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On today's mini-episode of the Skift Podcast, we're talking about disruption in the airline industry. Our guest is Bjorn Kjos, the CEO of Norwegian Air. He spoke about low-cost transatlantic flights, competition from legacy carriers, the airline’s growth opportunities around the world, and the risks facing global travel. Kjos joined us in the Skift Take Studio backstage at the first ever Skift Forum Europe in London.

Duration:00:11:44

Global Tourism in a Time of Volatility

4/26/2017
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On today's episode of the Skift Podcast, we're talking about volatility in the world, and how the travel industry deals with it. Our guests are Olivier Jager, CEO and co-founder of ForwardKeys, which compiles tourism data based on reservations transactions, and Gerald Lawless, chairman of the World Travel and Tourism Council. They joined us in the Skift Take Studio backstage at the first ever Skift Forum Europe in London.

Duration:00:35:36

What Hotels Are Doing to Win Your Loyalty

4/12/2017
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On today’s episode of the Skift podcast, we’re talking hotel loyalty: who’s doing it right, who’s still trying, and how it is continuing to evolve. Our guest is Gary Leff, founder of the View from the Wing blog. We also have insights from Best Western Hotels & Resorts CEO David Kong and Langham Hospitality Group CEO Robert Warman.

Duration:00:38:47

Why Flights Are So Cheap (And You Might Hate Yours)

3/22/2017
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On this episode of the Skift podcast, we’re talking about why bargain-priced airfare is all over the news, the true cost of cheap flights, the reason airlines are fighting to capture price-sensitive travelers, and what they’re charging for instead. Our guests are Brian Sumers, Skift’s airline business reporter, and editor in chief Jason Clampet. We've also got clips from interviews with British Airways CEO Alex Cruz, International Airlines Group CEO Willie Walsh, and Emirates Airline...

Duration:00:29:09

What Cruise Lines Are Doing to Win a New Generation of Cruisers

3/8/2017
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On this episode of the Skift podcast, we're hearing from leaders of the world’s two largest cruise lines on attracting newcomers to cruising, appealing to millennials, and considering the needs of Generation Z. The episode features portions of separate conversations we had with Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, and Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International.

Duration:00:23:38

How New York City Tourism Changes the City

2/22/2017
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On this episode of the Skift Podcast, we're talking about tourism growth in New York City, the role of gentrification, the new ways that visitors are experiencing the city, and what kind of growth is sustainable. Our guest is Skift reporter Andrew Sheivachman, who reported an in-depth piece on the city's tourism landscape, and we're also hearing from interviews he did with several industry leaders.

Duration:00:32:10

The Evolution of Accessible Travel

2/1/2017
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On this episode of the Skift podcast, we're talking about the legal and technological changes that have made travel more accessible to people with disabilities, the opportunities that the travel industry has been missing, and what lies ahead for the disability travel market. Our guests are Peter Slatin, founder and president of Slatin Group, which provides education and training to help businesses improve interactions with clients who have disabilities, and Brett Heising, CEO of...

Duration:00:40:44

Megatrends Defining Travel in 2017

1/25/2017
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On this episode of the Skift podcast, we explore the biggest trends that will define travel in 2017, with audio from our annual Megatrends event. Skift founder and CEO Rafat Ali and co-founder and editor-in-chief Jason Clampet delve into topics including how low-cost airlines are changing the transatlantic game, the festivalization of meetings and events, the return of humanity to travel, and the evolving desires of Baby Boomer travelers.

Duration:00:31:43

How Where-to-Go Lists Get Made

1/18/2017
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On this episode of the Skift podcast, we’re talking about a very specific form of travel advice — the where-to-go-in-the-coming-year list — and what goes into making them. Our guests are Dan Saltzstein, a travel editor at The New York Times who organized the 52 Places to Go in 2017 project, and Nikki Ekstein, travel editor at Bloomberg Pursuits. She oversaw Bloomberg’s Where to Go in 2017 list.

Duration:00:43:31

How Travel Companies Can Win the Hearts of Supertravelers

1/11/2017
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On this episode of the Skift podcast, we're hearing from supertravelers about what they like, dislike, and merely tolerate on the road. The conversation took place at the Skift Global Forum last year. Panelists are Alexandra Wood, chief operating officer at Wearable Experiments; Jalak Jobanputra, founder and managing partner of Future\Perfect Ventures; Colin Nagy, head of communications strategy at creative agency Fred & Farid, and Leonard Brody, an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. The...

Duration:00:31:59

SXSW and Superfly Pros on Making Events Better

1/4/2017
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On this mini-episode of the Skift podcast, we welcome Mike Shea, chief logistics officer and partner at South by Southwest, and Rich Goodstone, co-founder of Superfly, the production company behind Bonnaroo. Mike and Rich joined us in the Skift Take Studio backstage at the Skift Global Forum to talk about bringing fun to events that could be boring, the way attendee behavior is changing, and why selfies are getting in the way of experiences. The Skift Take Studio Series is presented by...

Duration:00:12:35

Google Travel VP on the Power of Virtual and Augmented Reality

12/21/2016
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On this mini-episode of the Skift podcast, we welcome Oliver Heckmann, Google's vice president of engineering who heads the search engine's travel product. We spoke backstage in the Skift Take Studio during the Skift Global Forum. He spoke to us about how user behavior is changing with the shift to mobile, Google’s efforts to move toward an assistant-driven environment, and the future of virtual and augmented reality. The Skift Take Studio Series is presented by Mastercard, a payments...

Duration:00:13:06

Booking.com CEO on Taking a Mobile-First Approach

12/14/2016
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On this mini-episode of the Skift podcast, Booking.com CEO Gillian Tans discusses last-minute behavior, direct bookings, advertising, new search methods, and more. We interviewed Gillian backstage in the Skift Take Studio during the Skift Global Forum. The Skift Take Studio Series is presented by Mastercard, a payments technology company that is enabling loyalty, security and data solutions for the global travel industry.

Duration:00:11:08