In October 2021, U.S. Travel Association hosted “The Future of Travel Mobility”— an inaugural gathering of global leaders in travel, transportation, and technology, elected and appointed officials as well as policy influencers to engage on central issues impacting the future of travel mobility and the traveler experience, including:

Innovative and Emerging Travel. From air taxis to hyperloops, supersonic airliners to high-tech tunnels that speed access to attractions, entrepreneurs are looking to radically reinvent how we get to and around destinations. What are the latest innovations in development? What are the business, social and policy implications of such visionary travel transportation innovations?

Seamless and Secure Travel. Biometrics and touchless digital technology will revolutionize how travelers move to and within destinations. How are technologies eliminating “pain points” in the travel experience? How will trusted traveler programs evolve? How do we overcome concerns over consumer privacy and equity to enable more seamless, inclusive, secure travel?

Sustainable Travel. A future vision for more sustainable travel including the electrification of the automotive sector. What are the implications for travelers, travel businesses, and travel infrastructure? How will we achieve equitable access for all travelers?

Watch the 2021 event sessions below:

Seamless and Secure Keynote: Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

Policymaker Spotlight: Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)

Sustainable Travel Fireside Chat: “The Green American Roadtrip”

  • Mark Reuss, President, GM
  • Moderated by: Nathan Bomey, Business Reporter, USA Today

Seamless and Secure Travel: Business, Policy Leader Panel

  • Rep. John Katko (R-NY)
  • Kevin McAleenan, Former Acting U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Chairman and CEO, Pangiam
  • Moderated by:  Jessica Wehrman, Transportation and Infrastructure Reporter, CQ Roll Call

Sustainable Travel: Business Leader Panel

  • Todd Davidson, CEO, Travel Oregon
  • Denise Naguib, Vice President, Sustainability & Supplier Diversity at Marriott International
  • Anne Smart, Vice President of Public Policy, ChargePoint
  • Austin Brown, Senior Director for Transportation Emissions, White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy
  • Moderated by: Julia Cosgrove, Vice President, Editor in Chief, AFAR

Fireside Chat: “From Curbside to Cruising Altitude”

  • Ed Bastian, CEO, Delta Air Lines
  • Moderated by: Roger Dow, President and CEO, U.S. Travel Association

Policymaker Spotlight: Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI)

Policy, Politics and The Future of Travel Mobility: Business Panel

  • Kate Mills, Partner, Monument Policy
  • Kevin Yoder, Partner, HHQ Ventures
  • Moderated by: Erik Hansen, Vice President, Government Relations, U.S. Travel Association

Innovative and Emerging Travel Keynote: “Connecting Cities in Minutes with Hyperloop

  •  Josh Giegel, CEO and Co-Founder, Virgin Hyperloop
  •  Audience Q&A moderated by: James Fallows, Contributing Writer, The Atlantic

Innovative and Emerging Travel: Business Panel

  • JoeBen Bevirt, Founder and CEO, Joby Aviation     
  • Blake Scholl, Founder and CEO, Boom Supersonic      
  • Moderated by: James Fallows, Contributing Writer, The Atlantic

A Path Towards Greener and Cleaner Skies: Business and Research Panel

  • Vik Krishnan, Partner, McKinsey & Company
  • Lauren Riley, Managing Director, Global Environmental Affairs and Sustainability at United Airlines
  • Moderated by: Julia Cosgrove, Vice President, Editor in Chief, AFAR

Closing Keynote: Secretary Pete Buttigieg

Health and Safety

To ensure a healthy and safe event, all attendees were required to submit either proof of vaccination or a negative test taken within 72 hours of check-in.


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