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    Revitalizing Tourism in Chicago After COVID-19

    Chicago leaders in the tourism and hospitality industry discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on the industry, and identify the steps needed to safely promote tourism during a pandemic—and after.

    Ana Belaval
    Reporter, "Around Town", WGN Morning News
    Glenn Eden
    Executive Vice President, Weber Shandwick Board Chair, Choose Chicago
    Michelle Boone
    Chief Program and Civic Engagement Officer, Navy Pier
    Nabil Moubayed
    General Manager, Kimpton Gray Hotel; Midwest Director of Operations, Kimpton

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    The New Normal—Be Our Guest: Reviving Tourism in Chicago

    Ana Belaval
    Reporter, "Around Town", WGN Morning News
    Michelle Boone
    Chief Program and Civic Engagement Officer, Navy Pier
    Glenn Eden
    Executive Vice President, Weber Shandwick Board Chair, Choose Chicago
    Nabil Moubayed
    General Manager, Kimpton Gray Hotel; Midwest Director of Operations, Kimpton

    By the end of 2019, Chicago was the second most visited city in the United States, with some 55 million visitors annually. This contributed to more than 153,000 jobs and one of the most diversified economies in the nation. But that was before the coronavirus pandemic upending the whole world. 

    With trade shows cancelled and world-renowned summer festivals called off, the flow of international travelers will be less robust in the Windy City this year. This conversation unites experts in Chicago’s tourism and hospitality industries to examine how COVID-19 will impact the stream of visitors into the city. As projections have fewer visitors coming than at any point in decades, we’ll explore how leaders are preparing a strategy to weather the storm while enticing tourists by centering Chicago as a safe and exciting place to visit during a global pandemic.

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    The panel for this event is in formation, and is subject to alterations and additions. 

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