Ateema Presents Hospitality & Tourism Summit Online, September 14th-18th, 2020


Contact: Dillin Ravenscraft

Ateema Media & Marketing

620 North LaSalle, Suite 310

Chicago, IL 60654

“The launchpad for rebuilding our industry.  It’s our platform for telling the world that Chicago is open for business in a safe and responsible manner.”

Virtual Event To Span a Week & Include Trade Show, Networking & Multiple Educational Sessions

Chicago, IL, July 28th, 2020 – Ateema Media & Marketing, the producers of Concierge Preferred Magazine and Planner Master Class formally announced this year’s reimagined Hospitality & Tourism Summit Chicago which is moving to an interactive online format.

The hospitality, tourism, meetings, and events industries have been heavily impacted by the shelter-at-home order which has fragmented business networks for months. Furloughs and staff reductions have dramatically changed the faces and representatives of businesses. The lack of in-person events has limited sales and business development opportunities. Major changes in the industry and specific businesses have altered the landscape causing new trends, opportunities, and knowledge gaps as industry professionals try to stay up to date.

This year’s Summit will be extended beyond just one day to include a full week of virtual educational sessions, virtual networking events, and the virtual trade show designed to kick start the industry rebuild. The Summit was created as a business development platform to connect and educate meeting and event planners, DMC’s, hotel concierge and guest services professionals, local condo and apartment building concierge and front desk professionals, hotel sales teams, social media influencers, and hospitality industry professionals. This year’s event will also include meeting and event planners from other markets. Attendance is expected to be more than 2,000.

The trade show is built to be an online marketplace for buyers, sellers and influencers to connect. The technology will allow for sharing video, presentations, documents and the like while enabling live, person to person video communication and the ability to schedule meetings. The virtual trade show will take place on Tuesday, September 15th but the software will be live until next year’s Summit to enable buyers to continue to connect with exhibitors. 

A sampling of the 10+ virtual educational webinars include:

  • A panel discussion led by Choose Chicago Chairman Glen Eden and CEO David Whitaker, entitled, “Tourism & Hospitality Forward”
  • Research presentations on customer sentiment for the travel and meetings and events industries from Erin Francis-Cummings, CEO of Destination Analysts
  • Panel discussions on the future role of concierge, and what the new reality means for planners led by Ateema CEO, Tim O’Malley
  • “PR & Messaging Tips To KickStart Your COVID-19 Business Rebuild” – a panel discussion featuring owners of 4 of Chicago’s top PR companies

Virtual networking opportunities will include an all-industry event, a “planners only” event, and a sponsor kickoff event. Our user friendly virtual networking technology replicates real life networking so you can enter and exit a conversation at will and target those you’d prefer to engage with.

Ateema’s Hospitality & Tourism Summit has been a leading industry event in Chicago for 19 years. “Given the changes in the market due to COVID-19, and the lack of industry platforms for sales and marketing, this year’s Summit is more important to individual businesses than ever before,” said Tim O’Malley, Ateema’s CEO. “In addition, this will be a huge opportunity for our industry to come together to let buyers around the world know that Chicago is open for business in a safe and responsible manner. In short, it’s a launchpad for our rebuild.”

Registration will open for the event on Monday, August 3 at For exhibitor information, contact Sam Krause at

About Ateema Media & Marketing

Founded in 2001, Ateema Media & Marketing is a Chicago-based company with an array of products and services designed to help our hospitality based customers attract business from visitors, social media influencers, and groups. The company also produces top quality tools for Chicago’s concierge and visitors as well as virtual education for the industry.

Ateema Media & Marketing’s digital portfolio includes a digital advertising platform, visitor content marketing program, and a weekly newsletter about things to do in Chicago. The producers of Concierge Preferred Magazine, Hospitality & Tourism Summit, Planner Master Classes, Chicago Concierge Favorites Awards, Mobile Visitor Network, and, Ateema Media & Marketing also provides a plethora of research and marketing services around the tourism and meetings and events industries.

Ateema Media & Marketing is a CMP Preferred Provider. The program(s) identified with the CMP Preferred Provider logo meet the requirements to receive continuing education (CE) credit for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential. The use of the CMP Preferred Provider Precheck logo is not an endorsement by the Events Industry Council of the quality of the session. For more information about the CMP credential or CMP Preferred Provider Program, please visit