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Skift editors sit down with creatives, executives and entrepreneurs from across the travel industry to discuss their insights and perspectives on the how and why of travelers’ habits, industry patterns and the seismic changes happening to each. This podcast is brought to you by Skift.

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Skift editors sit down with creatives, executives and entrepreneurs from across the travel industry to discuss their insights and perspectives on the how and why of travelers’ habits, industry patterns and the seismic changes happening to each. This podcast is brought to you by Skift.

    Travel Uncertainty in 2022 With KAKAK CEO Steve Hafner

    Travel Uncertainty in 2022 With KAKAK CEO Steve Hafner

    Each year, our Megatrends event brings together industry leaders -- the people creating and defining the future of travel -- to hear Skift’s deep reporting and research around the global travel industry. Through the thousands and thousands of hours spent by our journalists and analysts talking to you, analyzing and connecting the dots, these presentations provide attendees with a vision of what’s next and the tools they need to drive the industry forward.


    For our 2022 event we are joined by the CEO of Kayak, as well as leaders at Marriott, Hilton, Hopper, Cape Town Tourism, and Certares, as well as Skift editors and analysts. 


    This edition of the Skift Podcast highlights Hafner's discussion with Skift Senior Travel Tech Editor Sean O'Neill.


    The event was recorded at Ogilvy's headquarters in New York City on January 19, 2022.


    For more insight into the trends driving travel in 2022, visit https://skift.com/megatrends-2022

    • 31 min
    Search and Sustainable Travel With Google Travel‘s MD Richard Holden

    Search and Sustainable Travel With Google Travel‘s MD Richard Holden

    Google will put an eco-badge of sorts next to a listing if sustainability-minded firms like GreenKey or EarthCheck have highlighted a hotel for its positive impact with environmental practices. Potential guests can even find out property-specific sustainability practices through the new feature, which will also be on Google Travel.


    "There are a lot of aspects that go into a ranking,” Richard Holden, vice president of travel products at Google, said in September 2021 at Skift Global Forum, and “travel obviously has an outsized impact on the world in terms of carbon."


    Listen to the full conversation with Skift Research's Seth Borko. 


    Read more coverage of Google and the travel industry at skift.com/tag/google


     

    • 21 min
    Bringing Everything to You With Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi

    Bringing Everything to You With Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi

    Uber's CEO doesn't want to offer a super app for everything, but he believes his company is in the best position to bring consumers anything they need, from rides, to food, to medicine, and more.


    “Anything you want to be delivered to your home with a frequent use case, that’s what we’ll offer,” said Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber, at Skift Global Forum, in conversation with Skift executive editor Dennis Schaal.


    Listen now for the full interview.


    Read more coverage of the travel industry at skift.com/news

    • 27 min
    Bonus Episode: Skift Daily Briefing for Jan. 6, 2022

    Bonus Episode: Skift Daily Briefing for Jan. 6, 2022

    Thanks for listening to the Skift Podcast. We have another podcast you can listen to every weekday morning. The Skift Daily Briefing podcast delivers the day's top headlines in under four minutes. Search for "Skift Daily Briefing" in your favorite podcast app to listen and subscribe.


    Here's the latest episode:


    Good morning from Skift. It’s Thursday, January 6, in New York City. Here’s what you need to know about the business of travel today.


    The travel industry faces numerous critical issues in the new year as many destinations grapple with the damage brought forth by Covid and its variants. Yet, six underappreciated storylines will define 2022 in travel, says Skift founder and CEO Rafat Ali in a special episode of the Skift Podcast. One of those underappreciated storylines, Ali says, is destinations such as the United States, Latin America and Dubai deciding to remain open to tourism despite the emergence of Omicron, developments that will have enormous implications for their economies. Ali adds another storyline to keep on is Chinese travelers, saying that visitors from the world’s most populous country will not be the economic force they were pre-pandemic as China becomes more isolationist.


    Next, corporate travel — a sector devastated by the pandemic — is still expected to struggle to reach to pre-Covid travel volumes in 2022 as video conferencing continues to replace large amounts of travel. However, some businesses operating in the sector are managing to attract investors, reports Corporate Travel Editor Matthew Parsons. One such company is the world’s largest corporate travel agency, American Express Global Business Travel, which estimated it may only see corporate travel levels reach 70 percent of pre-pandemic figures. Amex GBT could see its shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange in the first half of this year if a planned merger with blank check company Apollo Strategic Growth Capital goes ahead. A venture capital executive told Skift that more investment firms are focused on the travel recovery and possible investment returns, adding that despite the general belief that corporate travel won’t return to 2019 levels, a travel recovery above the 70 percent pre-pandemic figure projected by Amex GBT will be a boon for investors.


    We end today in Barbados. The Caribbean nation is home to a new online travel booking platform that’s working to create new revenue streams for its tourism businesses, writes Global Tourism Reporter Lebawait Lily Girma. It is unusual in that it was launched by a destination itself. BookBarbados.com — which was launched at the end of 2021 — is a privately funded and owned online travel booking platform that allows users to make reservations for hotel stays, Airbnb rentals, and local tours in one place. It also aims to solve a problem several Caribbean countries have faced during the pandemic — delayed payments from major international tour operators. Close to 70 percent of hotels in the region had reported being owed significant amounts of money by May 2020. The platform’s future goals include offering cruise booking for ships sailing out of Barbados as well as other services visitors to the country might seek, such as a personal trainer. Peter Harris, the website’s founder, said he aims to expand the BookBarbados.com model to other Caribbean locations.


    For more travel stories and deep dives into the latest trends, head to skift.com. To find these stories and more insight into the business of travel, subscribe to Skift daily newsletter at skift.com/daily.

    • 3 min
    The Travel Industry’s 6 Under-Appreciated Storylines

    The Travel Industry’s 6 Under-Appreciated Storylines

    Skift CEO Rafat Ali explains the underappreciated storylines from the last year that will continue to define the travel industry in 2022.


    The United States, Latin America, and Dubai will remain open by prioritizing keeping their economies open over everything else.

    Outdoor is now a permanent and premium part of the leisure and business travel industries. 

    Basing a strategy based on Chinese travelers even post pandemic is foolhardy, as a China turns inwards and isolationist.

    Tour operators remain the most devastated sector in travel and will remain so in 2022. As an asset class for investors this sector will remain troubled, unless most pivot to independent, customized tours versus group fixed-date tours.

    Booking windows may have permanently shortened and financial products that introduce flexibility will help players stand out. Exciting as a sector and lot more innovation and investment to come.

    Labor turmoil will continue in 2022, with higher wages all across the board and turnover of top ranks to continue. This will be a lot more than just transitory over next couple of years.

    For more insights into the business of travel, visit skift.com/news.

    • 17 min
    Another Year of Recovery and Optimism With Southwest CEO Robert Jordan

    Another Year of Recovery and Optimism With Southwest CEO Robert Jordan

    New Southwest Airlines CEO Robert Jordan said that he sees 2022 as another “transition” year in the recovery. He is optimistic that business travelers will return — his predecessor has said this may take 5-10 years — but does not expect this to occur overnight.


    “I’m an optimistic guy,” said Jordan. “I’m very optimistic that we’re going to get the travel back," said Robert Jordan, incoming CEO of Southwest Airlines, at Skift Global Forum, in conversation with Airline Weekly editor Madhu Unnikrishnan.


    Listen now for the full interview.


    Read more coverage of the travel industry at skift.com/news

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

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28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Alireza Aghasi ,

A must-listen for travel business people

Insightful and authentic content for travel business people. Helps you develop a holistic view of travel and tourism industry

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Best in the business of travel!!!!

Phenomenal podcast! Intersection of travel business, marketing, and technology. The best part is the quality of guests they are able to get. They are often speaking to CEOs, VP of Marketing, Etc.

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Refreshing listen!

Huge fan of Skift and was so happy to see they created a podcast! The conversations are really refreshing and authentic and the content is entertaining yet valuable. Looking forward to next week’s already!

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