Powering Travel, brought to you by Expedia Group

Join hosts Sally Smith and Brandon Ehrhardt for an exciting new podcast designed for the people who power travel. (That’s you!) Listen in to hear industry leaders reveal their best-kept secrets, hard-earned hospitality tips, and bold predictions on where the industry is headed next.

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Episode 1: From surviving to thriving — a new chapter for the hospitality industry

Powering Travel kicks off with Dennis Schaal, founding and executive editor of Skift — the go-to source for travel industry news. Listen to the episode to hear his take on evolving traveler trends!

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Meet your hosts

Sally and Brandon love keeping up with the latest news in travel. They're on a mission to interview experts across the industry about what's trending — and they can't wait to share what they learn with you.

Sally Smith

Sally is the senior director of market management at Expedia Group. She launched her career in 2005 with Starwood Hotels & Resorts and joined Expedia in 2012, where she’s earned a decade of experience in hotel revenue management and sales strategy. Sally’s passionate about travel — and about technology’s potential to benefit the industry. She lives in Lake Tahoe, CA, with her husband and their two young children.

Brandon Ehrhardt

Brandon is the senior director of partner programs at Expedia Group, where he heads up our platform loyalty program. Brandon spent the early days of his career designing revenue management strategies for United Airlines. While with Expedia Group, Brandon has played an integral role in scaling our loyalty program, launching research projects, and leading strategic initiatives. Brandon currently resides in Chicago, IL, with his wife and a rambunctious toddler.

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Contact us at poweringtravel@expediagroup.com with suggestions for episode topics, pitches for guest appearances, sponsorship inquiries, or general questions about the podcasts. We’d love to hear from you.