In many senses, the COVID-19 outbreak has brought the world to a halt. Perhaps no industry has been more heavily impacted than travel and tourism. Globally, it is estimated that well over 100 million people work in the travel and tourism sector, with it accounting for over 10 percent of the world's economy.
Jason Fulvi, President & CEO of Visit KC will dive into the direct effects both locally and globally, while answering any questions you may have about the current state of travel & tourism in the face of Coronavirus.
1. COVID-19's Impact On The U.S. Travel Industry Expected To Be 9 Times Worse Than 9/11 - (Forbes)
2. Tourism and COVID-19 - (UNTWO)
3. How COVID-19 Will Change Cruise Ship Travel - (CNBC)
4. Reopening America's Skies: How to Fly Safely in the COVID-19 Era - (The Hill)
5. COVID-19 Impact on African Safaris - (CNN)
About the Moderator
A passionate ambassador for the hospitality and tourism industry, Jason Fulvi is the President & CEO of Visit KC, the leading destination marketing organization for the Kansas City region.
From the organization’s headquarters in Downtown Kansas City, Missouri, Fulvi oversees a team of 47 who support a vital and growing component of the region’s economy through marketing, sales and service of the convention and tourism industries—generating nearly 48,000 jobs and $5.6 billion in economic impact annually.
With more than 32 years of experience in the hospitality and tourism industries, Fulvi comes to Kansas City from Visit PITTSBURGH, where he has served for 16 years and most recently as the organization’s Executive Vice President.
Fulvi grew up in a small town in Western Pennsylvania and graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management. He has served in a number of capacities over his hospitality tenure, working his way up through the industry and serving companies such as Westin, Hilton Worldwide and Holiday Inn, before joining Visit PITTSBURGH in May 2002.
In 2007, Jason became a Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME). The CDME status is recognized within the convention and visitors bureau industry as its highest educational achievement.
Fulvi is active within several industry organizations, including the American Society of Association Executives and the Professional Convention Management Association. He currently serves as Immediate Past Chair of the Destinations International Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering travel marketers. Upon his hire at Visit KC, Destinations International President & CEO Don Welsh described Fulvi as “a natural leader who will bring a high level of energy, passion and professionalism to his appointment in Kansas City.”