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Hotel Council of San Francisco presents ‘The Future of Hospitality’ webinar

Hotel Council of San Francisco

With hotels in San Francisco, California, United States recently allowed to reopen, the Hotel Council of San Francisco presents the next in its series of educational webinars for hospitality professionals on October 15, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. “The Future of Hospitality” will feature industry professionals, travel experts, journalists and hoteliers in a wide-ranging discussion with specific tools and technologies for reopening San Francisco tourism economy.

Sponsored by the Expedia Group, the webinar is free and open to the public. However, advanced registration is required at  

Additional major support has been provided by Comcast Business, Recology, the Hotel and Lodging Association of California, I.A.T.S.I Local 16, San Francisco Travel and United Airlines. Special guest speakers include Caroline Betetaof Visit California onCalling all Californians: Looking at a Road to Recovery, Vik Krishnan of McKinsey and Company with Hospitality in 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.

There will be two expert panels. Sally Smith of the Expedia Group will moderate Working Together to Restore the Hospitality and Travel Industry with participants Kelly Reehoorn of the Expedia GroupJaqueline Volkart of the St. Regis Hotel, Melinda Franklin with United Airlines and Dana Cariss of Coral Tree Hospitality.

The event’s final presentation Embracing Technology in an Everchanging World will be moderated by nationally syndicated Techish columnist for USA Today and CNN contributor Jennifer Jolly. The participants are Kristee Cominiello of Comcast BusinessMark Beevor of Hotel ZettaDavid Lewin with the Grand Hyatt San Francisco and Gwen Purtell of Deep Blue.


“Tourism is the number one economic multiplier of San Francisco,” Hotel Council president and CEO Kevin Carroll said. “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.”

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 and is dedicated to protecting the city’s hospitality industry and connecting its members to support the growth and success of the industry. Its membership roster includes over 200 hotels, allied members and partner organizations.

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