Guest Host: J. William Seccombe
Will Seccombe, President of CONNECT Travel takes a critical look at the challenges ahead for businesses in the travel, hospitality and tourism industry as we begin to rebound from the pandemic. Will also welcomes the industry to join him in Las Vegas this September for the eTourism Summit. Eric Terry, President of the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association details what’s been asked for in his letter to Virginia’s governor and lawmakers, requesting more than $272 million in assistance for Virginia’s tourism industry. Tripadvisor’s Steve Paganelli explains why “most searched” for destinations doesn’t always translate into higher visitation, and what’s behind intra-regional travel. Stewart Key, Public Information Officer for the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport gives a very positive update on air travel in and out of CHO. Dave Bratton shares Destination Analysts’ latest sentiments about how the vaccinated and unvaccinated are responding to travel.
Kurt Burkhart congratulates Blair Zahn as the 2020 Texas Travel Alliance’s Rising Star; he wonders how many citations TSA has issued for non-compliance of the federal mask mandate under the current Executive Order; salutes Layla Forstedt as she leaves the Fresno/Clovis Convention and Visitors Bureau and how she transformed tourism for her area. Kurt also invites would-be chefs and judges to participate in the World Food Championships!