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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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For this episode of the Skift Podcast, we're featuring a conversation between William J. Hornbuckle, Chief Executive Officer and President of MGM Resorts International and Skift Hospitality Reporter Cameron Sperance. The two discuss the return of big events and the changes and opportunities ahead for large hotels. The conversation took place online at the Skift Hospitality and Marketing Summit on June 16, 2021.  To take part in future events, find the one that suits you at live.skift.com.
The recent Skift Short-Term Rental and Outdoor Summit brought together leaders from online rental marketplaces, investors, startup founders, and outdoor recreation operators for interviews with Skift editors and research analysts. We uncovered what might happen next in both sectors as their growth outpaces the rest of travel and the big questions facing these sectors.  This session features a discussion with Allen Mask, Managing Partner of CōLab, and Laurence Tosi, Managing Partner & Founder of WestCap Group, along with Seth Borko, Skift Senior Research Analyst, on May 19, 2021. Read more coverage of this session in the story "Will It Be Airbnb, Sonder — and Then Everyone Else?" 
While Skift Podcast is on hiatus, we wanted to share the first episode of the Event Manager Podcast, a production of our partner site EventMB.  Julius Solaris founded Event Manager Blog in 2007, as a result of his passion for events and in the process discovered a whole industry. Throughout his professional journey he's become a master of how to build a brand on social media and is one of the industry's undisputed thought leaders. Editor-in-chief Miguel Neves and deputy editor Dylan Monorchio discuss the unique current market conditions and the strategies for surviving and even thriving in the event industry. Subscribe to the Event Manager Podcast here. 
Marriott Group President Stephanie Linnartz speaks with Skift Hospitality Reporter Cameron Sperance at Skift Forum Asia in October 2020. Learn more about our slate of online events in 2021 at live.skift.com.    
IAC/Expedia Group Chairman Barry Diller speaks with Skift Editor-in-Chief Tom Lowry at Skift Global Forum in September 2020. Learn more about our slate of online events in 2021 at live.skift.com.
Your daily insight into the business of travel from the industry’s most trusted authority.  We are excited to share another update from the Skift Daily Briefing. Our daily podcast tells listeners what they need to know about the top travel stories in just under four minutes. It’s available every weekday morning at 6:30 a.m. ET on podcast apps from Apple, Google Play, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Overcast, Stitcher, and more, as well as smart speakers powered by Google and Amazon. Thank you for listening — and reading — and stay tuned as we continue to grow and deliver the news you need on more platforms. Subscribe through your favorite podcast app or at https://skift.com/skift-daily-briefing/.
What a difference a year makes — and perhaps a pandemic. During a discussion at this year's Skift Short-Term Rental & Outdoor Summit on December 9, held online, signs of more collaborative environment emerged between cities and short-term rental operators. The discussion was moderated by Amy Hinote, founder and editor-in-chief of VRM Intel. “The industry came in and we weren’t ready as municipalities and now we’re ready for those conversations and I’m excited about them,” said Clarence Anthony, CEO and executive director of the National League of Cities. Amanda Pedigo, Expedia vice president of government and corporate affairs, and Tim Burgess, former Seattle mayor and city council member, weighed in as well about the impact of the pandemic on short-term rental players and cities desperate to revive downtown economies. To learn more about short-term rental regulations and opportunities, read this story.
Since Skift's own launch it was the first media outlet to ask hard questions of Airbnb, and it has been amazing to document that journey of the company from start till its IPO day and beyond. Here are CEO Rafat Ali's thoughts in an audio essay. Read complete coverage of Airbnb at https://skift.com/tag/airbnb.
In early November Skift hosted its first Design the Future event, an afternoon of discussions with leaders in the design and creativity space. As part of this, we're posting extracts of these conversations.  Host: Robert Rosenthal, author, speaker, and journalist Guest: Aaron Walton, CEO of Walton Isaacson Diversity means harnessing the power of disruption. Differences are disruptive, and that’s the key to innovation — disrupting the status quo or predictable, said Walton Isaacson CEO Aaron Walton. The travel industry, like the entire world, has had a major wake-up call this year when it comes to diversity, but Walton said the industry needs to see diversity is more than just the look of a company: “The eye should be able to be see diversity, but what’s probably just as important is how it sounds,” he added. “The sound of diversity is the sound of the status quo smashing into a million pieces and someone rearranging those in ways nobody thought about before.”
What a difference a few days make for optimism in the beleaguered travel industry. With the clarity on U.S. presidential election results coming this past weekend and the encouraging news on vaccine development and effectiveness from Pfizer, the travel industry is riding high, at least on optimism for rapid recovery starting second half of 2021 and after. Travel stocks, particularly airlines, are reflecting that larger market optimism for travel. To decipher what this all means for the travel sector and what scenarios could play out in the coming months and in 2021, Skift Editors and Research Analysts met on Friday, November 13 to discuss both short- and long-term recovery prospects. To participate in more events like this live please visit https://forum.skift.com
In the closing interview for Skift Forum Asia, Tripadvisor CEO Steve Kaufer argued that his company and its Viator brand are in the “pole position” because of the company’s vast content and international reach in tours and activities. Kaufer is interviewed here by Skift Executive Editor Dennis Schaal. Learn about and participate in future events by visiting Forum.skift.com
At Skift's recent Travel’s Path Forward: Online Travel event, Skift Executive Editor Dennis Schaal interviewed Kayak and OpenTable CEO Steve Hafner about the state of travel metasearch, restaurant bookings, and what digital discovery and booking looks like during and after a pandemic.    To participate in more events like this, visit https://forum.skift.com
At the Travel Loyalty Online Summit on July 16, 2020, Skift Aviation Business Editor Zoomed The Points Guy's Brian Kelly to talk about how consumer spending during the Covid-19 pandemic and (hopefully) afterwards will change how airlines, other travel brands, and travelers themselves think about loyalty.   Join us for more events like this at https://forum.skift.com
Your daily insight into the business of travel from the industry’s most trusted authority.  We are excited to share another update from the Skift Daily Briefing. Our daily podcast tells listeners what they need to know about the top travel stories in just under four minutes. It’s available every weekday morning at 6:30 a.m. ET on podcast apps from Apple, Google Play, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Overcast, Stitcher, and more, as well as smart speakers powered by Google and Amazon. Thank you for listening — and reading — and stay tuned as we continue to grow and deliver the news you need on more platforms. Subscribe through your favorite podcast app or at https://skift.com/skift-daily-briefing/.
Oyo has been in the eye of the storm for the last year, for many reasons Skift has covered over time. But with coronavirus shutting down a big part of its business in India, China, and other countries, the acceleration of its troubles have continued. Through it the charismatic founder and CEO Ritesh Agarwal has been front and center in making sure the high-profile company survives this, through instituting various cuts and financing moves. The company now says it has enough money for next three to four years and has no plans to exit any of the 80 markets it is in. In the final episode of the inaugural season of the weekly The Long View livestream, Skift CEO Rafat Ali talks to Agarwal about Oyo’s long-term prospects, how he is thinking of reopening the company, reinvigorating the sales and growth of the company, becoming a long term player in the market now that its honeymoon period in the industry is over, and his views on future of hospitality. For more events like this, visit https://forum.skift.com
Hotels and the Coronavirus

Hotels and the Coronavirus

2020-05-2901:39:43

In this unprecedented downturn in travel as a result of Covid-19, the crisis is impacting every hotel company, from the top chains to small hotel operators. Major declines in occupancy and room rates are a global problem, which has forced many hotels to furlough employees and others to shutter, or convert to quarantine centers and host healthcare staff working round-the-clock. As this uncertainty continues, especially in Europe and North America, the likelihood of a strong rebound of occupancy within two or three months seems ever more distant. Listen as Skift editors and research analysts, along with leaders from across the hospitality sector, discuss how hotels might prepare now for the long recovery ahead. Learn about more events like this at Forum.skift.com Agenda Asia’s Uneven Normality: Business Travel, Weekend Leisure, and Adaptable Operations Guest: Stefan Leser, CEO LANGHAM HOSPITALITY GROUP Monderator: Matt Parsons, Skift Shifts in Luxury, Wellness, and Guest Experience Guest: Dino Michael, HILTON Monderator: Carolyn Kremins, Skift A Data-Driven Look at Hospitality’s Recovery Guest: Alex Alt, ORACLE HOSPITALITY Moderator: Jeremy Kressmann, Skift X Trust and Reputation in the Post-Coronavirus Age Guest: Adele Gutman Milne, LIBRARY HOTELS COLLECTION Moderator: Cameron Sperance, Skift Safeguarding Hospitality’s Future: From Safety to Operations to Brand Messaging Guests: William “Chip” Rogers, AHLA; Lisa Borromeo Checchio, WYNDHAM HOTELS & RESORTS Moderator: Cameron Sperance, Skift  
We are excited to share another update from the Skift Daily Briefing. Our daily podcast tells listeners what they need to know about the top travel stories in just under four minutes. It’s available every weekday morning at 6:30 a.m. ET on podcast apps from Apple, Google Play, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Overcast, Stitcher, and more, as well as smart speakers powered by Google and Amazon. Thank you for listening — and reading — and stay tuned as we continue to grow and deliver the news you need on more platforms. Subscribe through your favorite podcast app or at https://skift.com/skift-daily-briefing/.
As the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a sharp decline for both the rapidly expanding urban short-term rental market and the prospects of a busy summer vacation rental season, how can players both large and small across alternative-accommodations best balance find resilience in this time? How can platforms best balance the needs of both guests and hosts, following more consistent policy enforcement? Join Skift editors and research analysts, along with leaders in short-term rental ecosystem to discuss how the crisis has impacted the business landscape and how to prepare for the key challenges ahead. Participate in events like this by registering at https://forum.skift.com Agenda: How is the Leisure Rental Market Preparing for Recovery? Guests: John Banczak, TURNKEY VACATION RENTALS; Michelle Hodges, MEYER VACATION RENTALS; Kelly Barton, EXPEDIA GROUP Moderator: Amy Hinote, VRM INTEL Post-Crisis Tech, Pricing, and Marketing Strategies for Property Managers Guests: Vered Schwarz, GUESTY; Andrew McConnell, RENTED.COM Moderator: Wouter Geerts, SKIFT RESEARCH Built for Adaptability: A Look Into Urban Market Shifts Guests: Francis Davidson, SONDER Moderator: Dennis Schaal Accelerating Tech’s Service Role Around Cleaning and Safety Guests: Alex Nigg, PROPERLY; Jeremy Gall, BREEZEWAY Moderator: Sean O’Neill, SKIFT Does the Luxury Market Have a Competitive Advantage in Recovery? Guests: Will Lucas, MINT HOUSE; Amanda Dyjecinski, ONEFINESTAY Moderator: Seth Borko, SKIFT RESEARCH
We are excited to share another update from the Skift Daily Briefing. Our daily podcast tells listeners what they need to know about the top travel stories in just under four minutes. It’s available every weekday morning at 6:30 a.m. ET on podcast apps from Apple, Google Play, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Overcast, Stitcher, and more, as well as smart speakers powered by Google and Amazon. Thank you for listening — and reading — and stay tuned as we continue to grow and deliver the news you need on more platforms. Subscribe through your favorite podcast app or at https://skift.com/skift-daily-briefing/.
We are excited to share another update from the Skift Daily Briefing. Our daily podcast tells listeners what they need to know about the top travel stories in just under four minutes. It’s available every weekday morning at 6:30 a.m. ET on podcast apps from Apple, Google Play, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Overcast, Stitcher, and more, as well as smart speakers powered by Google and Amazon. Thank you for listening — and reading — and stay tuned as we continue to grow and deliver the news you need on more platforms. Subscribe through your favorite podcast app or at https://skift.com/skift-daily-briefing/.
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