Human Trafficking Spikes With Open Borders, Advocacy Groups Work With Lawmakers & Industry Groups To Combat Scourge

Guest Host: Patrick McKenna
Airdate: 08/29/01

Patrick J. McKenna, Esq., co-founder and president of the Virginia Coalition Against Human Trafficking talks about a growth industry you won’t find on any of the financial markets – human trafficking. He shares insights and experience as an advocate fighting back against a growing tide of human misery.  Eric Terry, president of the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association (VRLTA) discusses what his industry is doing to educate, inform and assist efforts to combat human trafficking in the travel and hospitality industry.

Simpleview’s Ryan George returns from US Travel’s ESTO Conference and shares key takeaways. Roy Van Doorn, owner of City Select and Charlottesville chapter president of VRLTA breaks down funding allocations from the American Rescue Plan, channelled through Rebuild VA and whether it’s enough to support the industry in the Charlottesville area.  Dave Bratton at Destination Analysts opines on how the media has fed into the virus frenzy, and shares some current traveler sentiments.

Kurt Burkhart wonders what’s next after the Sedona City Council nixed destination marketing funding for a year, and tells listeners how to enter The Fall Colors Vacation Prize Pack contest through Visit Durango and the Durango Business Improvement District.