2020 Schedule of Events

The Hospitality & Tourism Summit Online will feature a variety of virtual programming. We have an interactive virtual trade show floor, 3+ virtual networking events, and 10+ educational events. Simply choose the sessions you’d like to attend!

Remember to check back often as we have more sessions being released weekly!

Monday, September 14th

2:00 PM | Tourism & Hospitality Forward – A panel discussion led by Choose Chicago Chairman Glenn Eden and President & CEO David Whitaker

4:00 PM | SponsorCONNECT – Virtual networking event for sponsors & exhibitors

Tuesday, September 15th

All Day | Hospitality & Tourism Summit Virtual Trade Show

Wednesday, September 16th

9:30 AM | Industry Trends – Webinar lead by David Saef, SVP, Freeman

10:30 AM | Your Production Guide to Going Live – Webinar lead by Sean Denny with LUXE Productions about the do’s and don’ts for virtual, online, pre-recorded, hybrid, etc. events

11:30 AM | How Hotels Are Making It Safe For Meetings & Events – A panel discussion with IHLA’s Michael Jacobson and hoteliers

12:30 PM | Marketing That Brings Meetings – Webinar lead by Destination Analysts’s CEO, Erin Francis-Cummings, on their most recent meeting and groups research

2:30 PM | The Changing Role of Meeting & Event Planners – Hear directly from 3 top planners on how the game has changed, and what it means for meetings & events

3:00 PM | PlannerCONNECT – Planners-only virtual networking event

Thursday, September 17th

10:30 AM | Corporate & Not For Profit Fundraising – Create community impact with your next event panel discussion lead by Dayna Malow, Live Art International

11:30 AM | Communications During Crisis – Practical PR Solutions For Businesses & Events Based On Real-Life Cases panel discussion with Janet Isabelli (Isabelli Partners), Carol Fox (Carol Fox & Associates), Noreen Heron (Heron Agency), and Dakota Shultz (Agency 360)

12:30 PM | Coronavirus Travel Sentiment Index – The latest findings on how Americans are approaching travel decision making with Erin Francis-Cummings, CEO of Destination Analysts

2:30 PM | IndustryCONNECT – Virtual networking event for all attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors

Friday, September 18th

10:30 AM | 18 Connections In 90 Minutes – Virtual Networking event for all attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors to cap off the week in a “Business Speed Dating” format