Guest Host: Steven Paganelli
Steve Paganelli, Tripadvisor’s Group Head of Destination Marketing, Americas, joins Kurt Burkhart to discuss travel trends as seen by TripAdvisor and Phocuswright from their report, “2020 A Year in Travel: Charting the Travel Industry’s Path to Recovery,” as well as some predictions for the new year. Teresa Propeck, Vice President of Passenger Services introduces the Verde Canyon Railroad and what guests will experience as they travel through Arizona’s Verde Valley. Esra Calvert, Chief Data Adviser for Estrada Insights speaks to concerns many have about personal privacy and how gathered data is used and protected. The rollout of vaccines will have an impact on travel, and Dave Bratton from Destination Analysts shares his thoughts on the timeline for vaccine relief to the travel marketplace. From Charlottesville’s beautiful Boar’s Head Resort, general manager Russ Cronberg talks about the additional amenities and activities that make this one of Virginia’s crown jewels in hospitality excellence.
Kurt Burkhart also extends best wishes to Casandra Matej as she readies to take the leadership role with Visit Orlando. He gives a glimpse into two of MMGY Global’s newest studies – “The Black Traveler: Insight, Opportunities & Priorities,” and “Profile of the Global Black Traveler.”