Digital conference on affects of coronavirus on hospitality sector announced

Digital conference on affects of coronavirus on hospitality sector announced

London's Bench Events will host the discussion on April 7th

Hospitality industry leaders can join in a global digital forum to discuss the impact coronavirus is having on the industry. 

The event, organised by Bench Events, will host the live conference on April 7th from 10am to 4pm and is free to take part in. 

However, a donation is welcome, with the proceeds going to charities helping those in the hospitality industry suffering worst due to the spread of COVID-19.

Puneet Chhatwal, CEO, Indian Hotels, said: “With COVID-19 sweeping across the globe, many companies in the hospitality industry are facing an unprecedented threat. As we will combat the pandemic much better united than divided, we all need to come together to share ideas. This meeting on the internet will set a great example of what we can do by thinking in a bold and imaginative way.”

Bench Events has lined up speakers including Paul Stoltz, a global expert and consultant on resilience and creator of the Adversity Quotient, Roger Bootle, the award-winning founder and chairman of Capital Economics; Hon. Minister Najib Balala, cabinet secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, Kenya; Roger Dow, president and CEO of the US Travel Association and more

The agenda will cover topics including the economics of coronavirus, the essential leadership behaviours needed in a crisis, the outlook to recovery, how to capitalise on the upturn when it comes and the new post-COVID reality. Discussions will be moderated by the presenter of HARDtalk and conference chair Stephen Sackur and Anita Mendiratta, Special Advisor to Secretary General, UNWTO.

Video conferencing technology will be used to bring virtual main-stage panel sessions to an audience of up to 100,000 online participants. There will be roundtables, debates and Q&As throughout the event.

There'll also be speed networking and exhibtition booths.

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