Special Needs Demand Special Attention By Destinations Wanting Top-to-Bottom Inclusivity

Guest Host: Marc Garcia
Airdate: 08/01/01

Marc Garcia, President & CEO of Visit Mesa shares the journey this Arizona community took to become the world’s first Autism Certified City, and where he believes the travel and hospitality industry can make improvements in areas of accessibility. Marc explains the visitor experience through others who have visited Mesa, and why he felt personally invested. Carl Ribaudo, President & Chief Strategist for SMG Consulting, reveals new data from SMG’s Tourism Insight Poll. Brad Toll, President & CEO of Discover Green Bay is moving ahead to build a new $6.5 million visitor center, and explains why. Roy Van Doorn, Charlottesville chapter president of the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association opines on the benefits for having a brick-and-mortar visitors’ center. And, Dave Bratton at Destination Analysts foresees headwinds testing the nation’s recovery, but continues to remain optimistic in spite of the advancing Delta variant.

Kurt Burkhart tips the hat to Lincoln, Nebraska for a successful National High School Finals Rodeo, gives details on how to enter and win Intrepid Travel’s Antarctica Sweeps, and extends thanks and appreciation to Roger Dow, US Travel Association CEO, following his recently announced retirement in 2022.