TripAdvisor Executive Headlines 2021 Chattanooga Tourism Summit

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Recovery of Hamilton County’s tourism economy will be a central focus when the 2021 Chattanooga Tourism Summit takes place virtually on Tuesday, March 9. The Chattanooga Tourism Co. has secured Steven Paganelli, a leading marketing executive from TripAdvisor, to share his insights and guidance as the keynote speaker.

“Throughout the pandemic, Chattanooga Tourism Co. has worked hard to connect our local industry with resources and tools to navigate these challenging times,” said Barry White, president and CEO of Chattanooga Tourism Co. “We’re dedicated to innovating and collaborating with our tourism partners, and the summit is both a celebration and a forum for learning from industry experts.”

The summit will include a local musical performance, the keynote from Mr. Paganelli, two breakout sessions for hospitality and tourism professionals and an update from Mr. White on the region’s tourism economy. In 2019, tourism had an economic impact of $1.2 billion in Hamilton County.  

TOURISM SUMMIT SCHEDULE: 

9 a.m. Main Program
Tourism Report - Barry White, Chattanooga Tourism Co. President & CEO
Keynote - Steven Paganelli, TripAdvisor Group Head of Destination Marketing, Americas 

10-10:30 a.m.        Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Inspiring Confidence with Online Listings - Josh Wray, Miles Partnership Program Specialist
State of the Hotel Industry in the U.S. and Chattanooga - Jennifer Foster, STR Business Development Executive, Destinations 

Registration is required to attend. For more information, go to VisitChattanooga.com/Tourism-Summit.


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