Executive Speaker Series: Road to Recovery - Tourism

Executive Speaker Series: Road to Recovery - Tourism

  • Date(s): Wed, Aug 05, 2020
  • Time(s): 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
  • Location: Webinar
  • Members: Free, registration required
  • Non-Members: Free, registration required
  • Questions: Contact Hannah Holman at 206-389-7216


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*A recording and audio transcript of this webinar are available at this link.

Join our panel of local executives and experts as they discuss how they are navigating reopening and what predictions they are making about the tourism industry's road to recovery.

Our tourism sector – cruise business, conventions at area hotels, restaurants, arts and cultural attractions, and more – brought in more than 40 million visitors and $8 billion to King County last year. 2020 looks very different, with a 77% decline in spending and hospitality jobs representing 42% of all jobs lost in the state in the first 2 months of the pandemic response.

Emergency funding and pivoting to new services are helping some businesses, in addition to the outpouring of support from Seattle area locals, but the future remains uncertain for many as we move slowly into the phases of reopening.

Our Panel Includes:

  • Hon. Stephanie Bowman
    Commissioner
    Port of Seattle

  • Edouardo Jordan
    Chef/Owner
    Salare, Junebaby &
    Lucinda Grain Bar

  • Amanda Parsons
    General Manager
    Thompson Seattle hotel
















  • Howard Wright
    Chairman & Founder
    Seattle Hospitality Group

  • Tom Norwalk
    President & CEO
    Visit Seattle
    (moderator)
About the Executive Speaker Series: 
Our bi-monthly Executive Speaker Series events each focus on a unique industry and feature top business leaders who discuss the successes, challenges, and opportunities facing their sector.


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