2018 Summit General Session Video and Educational Seminar Audio


Tuesday General Sessions

General Session – Annual Business Meeting
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Keynote:  Navigating the Digital Economy
Kelly McGuire, SVP, Revenue Management & Direct Marketing at MGM Resorts, and author of Hotel Pricing in a Social World: Driving Value in the Digital Economy and The Analytic Hospitality Executive
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Inbound Travel Leaders Panel
Moderator: Sean Bayliss, Brand USA
Panelists: Adam Rogers, Hotelbeds; Malcolm Smith, IPW powered by US Travel; Faisal Subluban, Bonotel Exclusive Travel
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Wednesday General Sessions -Sponsored by Best Western Hotels and Resorts

General Session Opening  with sponsor Sandi Lackey, Best Western Hotels and Resorts
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Keynote: Mark Brown, Economist, U.S. Department of Commerce
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Wednesday Breakout Sessions -Sponsored by Best Western Hotels and Resorts

Air Travel Forum: Insights on Travel to the USA
Moderator: Alfredo Gonzalez, AG Hospitality Group
Panelists:  TJ Jackson, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; Erik Hansen, US Travel Association; Caroline Borawski, Norwegian Airlines; David Zielke, Port of Portland
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Tapping the India Market
Speaker: Pabs Raghava, Tours Limited
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Group Travel vs. FIT – A Look at the Evolving China Market
Haybina Hao, Adviser and Senior Travel Writer, ICN TV Network
Greg Eckhart, Travel Oregon; Makiko Matsuda Healy, NYC & Company; David Huang, Chinese Host; Aki Lu, JBS Hotels/JBS Group
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Ask the Operator about the Mice Market
Moderator: Renee Eichelberger, Explore St. Louis
Panelists: Pia Jayatilake, New World Travel; Jordi Zarroca, Cosmopolitan Incentives; Stephan Forget, Go West Tours
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How can the tourism industry overcome disasters?
Moderator: Gerrit De Vos, Bonotel Exclusive Travel
Panelists: Meire Ramos, Marriott International; Daniel Schwartz, San Francisco Travel; Peter van Berkel, Travalco; Rafael Villanueva, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
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Partners in Profit: Creating the Experience to Attract International
Moderator:  Rosemary McCormick, Shop America Alliance and U.S. Cultural & Heritage Tourism Marketing Council
Panelists:       Lauren Beebe, Like A Local Tours; Laurel Bennett, Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation; Doug Kellogg, TourMappers North America
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Educational Seminars Sponsored By:

Best Western Hotels