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Skift Global Forum, Day 1

Skift Global Forum, Day 1

For the second consecutive day on the Brooklyn waterfront, the Skift Global Forum is on. The “TED of travel,” as it’s been billed, has for the second year brought a collection of some of the top minds in travel to New York—and this year, the action is at Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Duggal Greenhouse. It’s a tremendous space, in its second life as a venue after presumably sheltering ships and naval supplies. Today, beneath a deluge of natural light and a trickle of Skift yellow, big travel ideas are being shared.

Among the highlights for me from the Skift stage:

  • Geoffrey Kent, Founder, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Abercrombie & Kent (Day 1) — Talked about the founding of Abercrombie & Kent, collaborating with the Kenyan government to ignite safari tourism, and how he handpicks guides for new destinations from his own travels (Palau is next)
  • Fred Dixon, President, Chief Executive Officer, NYC & Company (Day 1) — Talked about the process of marketing New York City and shared a killer Taylor Swift anecdote
  • Rick Wise, Chief Executive Officer of Lippincott (Day 1) — Talked about applying behavioral science to brand experience, specifically in regards to “afterglow” innovation (ex: Black Tomato tours gives departing guests credits for laundry service and takeout to ease the transition back home)
  • Jonathan Mildenhall, Chief Marketing Officer, Airbnb (Day 1) — Talked about Airbnb going forward and navigating demand on scale in the face of pushback
  • Paul Hennessy, Chief Executive Officer, Priceline.com (Day 1) — Talked about the Priceline family’s OTAs and couldn’t talk about other things; I like Paul, who I Iast met at the Booking Summit in Amsterdam
  • Ivanka Trump, Executive Vice President and simply Ivanka Trump, Trump Organization (Day 2) — Talked about her role at the hospitality giant and leveraging celebrity
  • Chris Collins, Co-Founder/Executive Producer, Zero Point Zero (Day 2) — Talked about introducing the world to its beloved Anthony Bourdain and the story of No Reservations
  • Zim Ugochukwu, Founder, Travel Noire (Day 2) — Talked about her incredible story, modestly about her incredible achievements and in tangible terms about the opportunity (missed so far) to engage travelers of color
  • Ninan Chacko, Chief Executive Officer, Travel Leaders Group (Day 2) — Talked eloquently to Skift reporter Andrew Sheivachman about the inherent humanity in travel and made, to me, a resounding case for the travel agent in today’s travel space
  • Michael Small, Chief Executive Officer, Gogo (Day 2) — Talked about in-flight Wi-Fi now and going forward as well as Gogo’s new 2ku Wi-Fi technology
  • Nick Gray, Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Museum Hack and Company (Day 2) — Talked about a staggeringly elaborate and creative cruise experience he had with friends that inspired his group’s innovative take on museums; second act was a hilarious mini-musical about travel today

 

Update: It’s over. Skift Founder and CEO Rafat Ali just announced that the 2016 Skift Global Forum will likely be in this same space, which is good news for me. I had a great time, and I live 15 minutes away by foot. Thanks, Skift!

Ian Livingston

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Ian Livingston

Traveler and writer Ian Livingston has lost his bearings in 59 countries, six continents and five NYC boroughs. He is better for it. Now living in Brooklyn, he reports on the world’s lesser-known quantities as a self-calibrating writer and by way of his roles as Editor at JohnnyJet.com and Chat Manager for the weekly #TravelSkills Twitter chat with Johnny Jet and Chris McGinnis. In his sights now: the polar regions.

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