San Francisco is beginning to look ahead to what safely welcoming tourists and travelers to the city again looks like. The hospitality industry plays a big role in how the tourism economy will bounce back. To prepare industry professionals for the upcoming challenges the Hotel Council of San Francisco is presenting a series of educational webinars titled, “The Future of Hospitality.”
On Thursday, October 15, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. industry professionals, travel experts, journalists and hoteliers will join in wide-ranging discussions with specific tools and technologies aimed at reopening San Francisco’s tourism.
The webinar is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. To register click here.
Vice President of Comcast Business for California, Kristeen Cominiello, will join the event’s final presentation entitled “Embracing Technology in an Everchanging World.” She will speak alongside Mark Beevor of Hotel Zetta, David Lewin with the Grand Hyatt San Francisco and Gwen Purtell of Deep Blue, while the conversation is moderated by Jennifer Jolly, “Techish” columnist for USA Today and CNN contributor.
“Tourism is the number one economic multiplier of San Francisco,” said Kevin Carroll, Hotel Council President and CEO. “Now that our hotels are allowed to open, we must be prepared for the new normal of the living-with-COVID era. Our ongoing series of educational webinars are designed to prepare out hospitality professionals as we welcome back travelers to San Francisco.”
Other speakers include Caroline Beteta of Visit California on “Calling all Californians: Looking at a Road to Recovery”; Vik Krishnan of McKinsey and Company with “Hospitality is the New Normal”; Howard Pickett of San Francisco Travel with “A Look Forward” and Danny Borelis of I.A.T.S.E. Local 16 discussing “How to Leverage technology to optimize Your Self-contained Meetings.” A second expert panel, “Working Together to Restore the Hospitality and Travel Industry,” will be moderated by Sally Smith of Expedia with participants Kelly Reehoorn of Expedia; Jaqueline Volkart of the St. Regis Hotel; Melinda Franklin with United Airlines; and Dana Cariss of Coral Tree Hospitality.
The Hotel Council of San Francisco is a non-profit membership-based organization advocating for the economic and social vitality of the hospitality industry in San Francisco. Their membership roster includes over 200 hotels, allied members, and partner organizations. The Hotel Council is dedicated to protecting the San Francisco hospitality industry and connecting its members to support the growth and success of the industry.