Staying Connected

A series of online conversations via virtual roundtables that will help you keep a pulse on the travel industry and hear from your peers on the current climate and future thinking.

Upcoming Sessions

Think Differently: It is time for DMOs to work with Local Tours, Activities, Attractions & Experiences 

Wednesday June 3, 2020 | 1 p.m. EDT
 
It’s time to think differently about what can be a super important distribution channel, especially as recovery begins and destinations are primed to work with partners to build local tourism and, when ready, destination tourism. Penlists include: 
 
  • Robert Graff, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Bindlestiff Tours- National Parks Adventures
  • Maureen Haley, Vice President of Strategic Tourism Initiatives, Visit Houston
  • Jay Judal, Director of Outside Sales, San Diego Zoo
  • Mo Parikh, CEO, Bandwango
  • Eric Thompson, Vice President of Marketing, Visit Salt Lake
  • Bruce Rosard, Co-founder & COO, ArivalWill Seccombe, President, Connect Travel
Co-produced with Arival
 

The Future of Travel Trade Events

 
Thursday, June 4, 2020 | 1 p.m. EDT

 

Trade events and conferences remain a vital role in our industry. Connect with industry leaders to hear how events will evolve moving forward. Panelists include: 

  • Carylann Assante, CAE, CEO, Student & Youth Travel Association
  • Peter J. Pantuso, CTIS, President & CEO, American Bus Association
  • Will Seccombe, President & CEO, Connect Travel
  • Malcolm Smith, Senior Vice President Business Development & IPW General Manager, U.S. Travel Association 
 
Sponsored by TourOperatorLand.com

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Connect with Tour Operators

Thursday, May 28, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. EDT

Join international tour operators to discuss the latest on the current climate. Panelists include:
  • Dave Cecco, Director of Product, WestJet Vacations
  • Jeff Karnes, Executive Vice President, New World Travel
  • Michael Marzano, President, FM Tours
  • Ernesto Tecco, Group Manager | Business Partner, 5A Incentive Planners
Sponsored by TourOperatorLand.com

 

How to Connect Arts, Culture, Heritage and Performance Experiences into the Current Travel Climate 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. EDT

Join this conversation to hear about the connection of arts, culture, heritage and  performance experiences amidst the current travel climate and forecast recovery in 2021. Join: 
  • Staci Mellman, Chief Marketing Officer, VISIT FLORIDA
  • Richard Peterson, President & CEO, U.S. Cultural & Heritage Marketing Council
  • Seth Spillman, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, National Cowboy Museum
  • Josh Collins, Director Destination Activations and Marketing, Streetsense
Moderated by Streetsense

 

Developing Product Post-COVID

Thursday, May 21, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. EDT

Connect with Brand USA and Miles Partnership to hear how to work with the travel trade to develop cross-state, regional trips and packages. Panelists include:
  • Jackie Ennis, Vice President Global Trade Development, Brand USA
  • Paul Winkle, Sr. Vice President Global Marketing, Miles Partnership
Sponsored by TourOperatorLand.com

 

How Destinations are Using Social Media Now and into the Next Normal

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. EDT

Join DMOs and brand experts who will discuss ideas for social media now and into the next normal. Hear from:
  • Adam Stoker, President/CEO, Relic Agency
  • Anastasia Straley, Destination Social Media Manager
  • Katie Utken, Digital Marketing Manager, Hamilton County Tourism Inc.
  • Josh Collins, Director Destination Activations and Marketing, Streetsense
  • Liz Mabe, Director of Digital Marketing, Discover Puerto Rico
Moderated by Streetsense

 

Connect with International Tour Operators

Thursday, May 14, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. EDT

Join international tour operators to discuss the latest on the current climate. Panelists include:
  • Elvi Cal, Vice President Product Development, TravelBrands Inc.
  • Wolfgang Hendrix, CEO, Wolf Consultancy BV | UStravel.nl | CanadaTravel.nl
Sponsored by TourOperatorLand.com

 

The Post COVID-19 Brand Position: Is Your DMO Ready? 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. EDT

Join DMOs and brand experts as the dive into the post COVID-19 brand position that will have you asking if your DMO is ready. 
  • Kylie Boring, Director of Marketing, Visit Tupelo
  • Steve Chandler, Owner, Chandler Thinks
  • Martin Stoll, CEO, Sparkloft
  • Josh Collins, Director Destination Activations and Marketing, Streetsense

Moderated by Streetsense

Crisis into Marketing Opportunity: Timo Kohlenberg Tells You what you Shouldn’t miss!

Friday, May 8, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. EDT

Join us for conversation with Susanne Loomis, Marketing Director and Timo Kohlenberg, CEO, America Unlimited to discuss why Germany should be on top of your list to promote travel to the U.S.

    Sponsored by TourOperatorLand.com

     

    Connect with Canadian and Mexican Tour Operators Virtual Roundtable

    Thursday, May 7, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. EDT

    Join Canadian and Mexican tour operators to hear the latest on the current climate. Hear from:
    • Karla Urias, Owner, PasswordTravel.com | ViajaTravel.com
    • Kristine Geary, President & CEO, Maple Leaf Tours
    •  Alberto Cervera, Head of Mexico, TUI GROUP

     

    Sponsored by TourOperatorLand.com

    Influencing Travel Post-COVID-19 

    Wednesday, May 6, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. EDT
    Join brand experts, DMOs and influencers as they discuss how you can influence travel in the new normal.
    • Jade Broadus, Vice President & Creative Director, Travel Mindset
    • Kristin Luna, Journalist and Blogger, Camels & Chocolate
    • Matt Maxey, Associate Director of Public Relations, Visit Franklin  
    • Josh Collins, Director Destination Activations and Marketing, Streetsense

    Moderated by Streetsense

    Connect with Domestic Tour Operators Virtual Roundtable

    Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. EDT

    Join domestic tour operators across the U.S. to discuss the latest on the current climate. Hear from:

    • Julie Gagnon, General Manager, Jolly Tours and Travel   
    • Dennis Lyons, Assistant Vice President / Coach & Tour Group, DATTCO

    Moderated by TourOperatorLand

    The Spirit of Travel – How to Inspire Your Audience During NTTW and Beyond

    Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. EDT

    Join DMOs across the U.S. as they discuss marketing plans for the upcoming National Travel and Tourism Week and for the months to come.

    • Gathan Borden, Vice President of Marketing, VisitLEX
    • Melissa Gogel, Vice President of Marketing, Tourism & Communications, Visit Phoenix 
    • Wes Rhea, CEO, Visit Stockton
    • Josh Collins, Director Destination Activations and Marketing, Streetsense

    Moderated by Streetsense

    Connect with Domestic Tour Operators

    Thursday, April 23, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. EDT

    Join domestic tour operators across the U.S. to discuss the latest on the current climate. Hear from:

    • Bob Cline, President, US Tours  
    • Tim Patrick, CTC, Director of Product Development, Mayflower Cruises & Tours 
    • Irene M. Vecchi, Global Chains Leader – Global Procurement Network, Flight Centre

    Sponsored by TourOperatorLand

    Essential vs. Non-Essential – The New Normal of Marketing Stacks 

    Wednesday, April 22, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. EDT

    Join DMOs and brand experts as they discuss the new normal of marketing stacks. Our panelists include:
    • Amrita Gurney, Vice President of Marketing, CrowdRiff
    • Dan Rosenbaum, Director, Global Digital Marketing, San Francisco Travel
    • Matthew Smith, President, Plan Left
    • Josh Collins, Director Destination Activations and Marketing, Streetsense

    Moderated by Streetsense

    Connect with Air Service Development Industry Experts 

    Thursday, April 16, 2020 | 3:30 p.m. EDT

    Join air service development experts across the U.S. to discuss the latest on the current climate. Hear from:

    • Kevin Healy, President & CEO, Campbell-Hill Aviation Group, LLC
    • Vicki Jaramillo, Senior Director, Marketing & Air Service Development, Orlando International Airport
    • Laura L Jackson, Vice President, Air Service Development, Denver International Airport
    • Kazue Ishiwata, Senior Manager Air Service Development, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport  

    Sponsored by TourOperatorLand

    RESET: Parsing the New Normal in Destination Marketing 

    Wednesday, April 15, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. EDT

    Join DMOs and brand experts as they analyze the new normal in destination marketing. Our panelists include: 
    • Leroy Bridges, Vice President, Digital & Communications, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater
    • Tedd Evers, Founder & CEO, TripTuner  
    • Andi Thoreson, Director of Marketing, Visit Fargo-Moorhead
    • Josh Collins, Director Destination Activations and Marketing, Streetsense

    Moderated by Streetsense

     

    Connect with International Tour Operators 

    Thursday, April 9, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. EDT

    Join international tour operators to discuss the latest on the current climate. Hear from:

    • Timo Kohlenberg, President and CEO, America Unlimited

    Sponsored by TourOperatorLand

    Connect with DMOs from Around the U.S. 

    Wednesday, April 8, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. EDT

    Our first marketing virtual roundtable brings together brand experts and DMOs to discuss planning for destination marketing in the post coronavirus landscape. Our panelists include:

    • Zeek Coleman, Director of Data Intelligence, Visit Savannah
    • Josh Collins, Director Destination Activations and Marketing, Streetsense
    • Jeff Robinson, Director of Marketing, Visit Indy
    • Will Seccombe, President, Connect Travel

    Moderated by Streetsense

     

    Connect with Receptive Tour Operators 

    Thursday, April 2, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. EDT

    Join Connect Travel for Virtual Roundtable discussions with RTOs and learn the best way we can help now on their path forward. Hear from:

    • Jack Lok, Advisor, Universal Vision
    • Charles Zhao, Managing Director, CP Trip Service Inc.
    • Tresie Benoit, Director Contracting North America, W2M World2Meet
    • Tereza Reis, President, Personal RGE Tours

    Sponsored by TourOperatorLand

    Connect with Receptive Tour Operators

    Thursday, March 26, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. EDT

    Join RTOs across the U.S. to discuss the latest on the current climate and learn the best way we can help them now on their path forward. Hear from:

    • Chris Ellis, CEO, 7M Travel Holdings
    • Peio Cuevas, VP Operations & Business Development, See USA Tours
    • Katja Jahn, Head of Destination Management, G2 Travel
    • Tim Ulutin, Managing Partner, Incoming America

    Sponsored by TourOperatorLand

    “My colleagues and I all agreed it was one of the best and most useful webinars we’ve participated in lately (and as you probably know, there have been a lot of webinars lately!) Looking forward to the next one!”

    Stacey Sheetz

    Capital Region USA

    “The webinar was super helpful! Thank you for all you do to keep us in the know and prepared for the inevitable recovery.  Definitely keep us on your list for all your industry updates.  We’ll be sharing the recommendations with our Colorado destination partners and lodging properties.”

    Jennifer Bartlett

    Alpert, Colorado Tourism Office