This virtual event, brought to you by the DC Chamber of Commerce in partnership with EventsDC and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development will bring together policymakers, and private sector companies to explore how travel, accommodations, and the hardest-hit industries are looking at post-covid trends in the private sector.
Business travel, whether local, regional, national, or international paused during the pandemic but it remains critical for business growth, needed face-to-face interaction, and impacts other businesses that rely on that traveling population from food & beverage, lodging, transportation, local economies and so much more. Further, leisure travel for workers and residents is also changing. Now that COVID restrictions are lifted, more offices return to work, business travel and personal travel spending is expected to increase this year and industries are changing to align with new policies and regulations and new target customers to operate and grow beyond the pandemic.
Distinguished panelists will take a look at:
- What are the key indicators for increased leisure and business travel?
- What do industry experts say about predictions for future local and international tourism?
- How can employers play a role in strengthening hospitality, restaurant, and travel-related industries impacted by the pandemic?
- As employees return to work what aspects of the new normal impact corporate and personal travel?
- To what extent does remote work still impact or will impact corporate meetings and events?
- In what ways will technology be a key player for the customer as well as business experience?
- How should companies best prepare for the comeback of business travel and local visitors?
- Moderator: Thomas Penny, Donohoe Hospitality Services
- Greg O’Dell, President & CEO, Events DC
- Elliott Ferguson, President & CEO, Destination DC
- Christopher Floyd, Founder, Capital Restaurant Resources