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Joe D’Alessandro and Ernest Wooden Jr. to Be Inducted Into U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders

Travel industry leaders Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of the San Francisco Travel Association, and Ernest Wooden Jr., former president and CEO of the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, will be honored as the 2020 inductees into the U.S. Travel Association Hall of Leaders, the organization announced this week.

Travel Coalition, Executives Call on Congress to Pass Relief Legislation

Last week week, a coalition of almost 200 travel, hotel, franchise, and state and local government groups called for Congress to not go on recess without providing relief for sectors devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, a group of 17 CEOS of the largest U.S. travel companies sent a statement to leaders in Washington, pleading to advance a subsequent round of legislative relief from the economic fallout of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Five Ways to Aid the Resumption of In-Person Meetings and Events

To showcase the innovative measures being taken to support the safe return of in-person meetings and events, the Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMBC) is enlisting corporate executives, policymakers and meetings industry leadership to engage in critical conversations in a virtual discussion series.  The conversations—which premiered in July and will continue through the fall—thus far highlighted five key considerations, predictions and actions underway. They are:

Bonnie Carlson Inducted Into Destinations International Hall of Fame

Bonnie Carlson, president and CEO of the Bloomington, Minnesota Convention and Visitors Bureau, will be inducted into the Destinations International Hall of Fame this week. This designation is the highest honor that Destinations International can bestow and will be presented during the organization’s virtual conference. Carlson was the second female chair of Destinations International’s board of directors when the organization was known as the International Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus.

Puerto Rico Sets Reopening Date; Event Venues Unveil Safety Measures

As part of Puerto Rico's four-phased reopening plan, the island announced it will formally reopen for inbound tourism on July 15. It was the first U.S. entity to implement strict measures such as a curfew; currently, thorough cleanliness measures are in place Island-wide and enhanced policies are being implemented that follow the U.S. Travel Association health and safety guideline, along with locally enforced measures.

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In Memoriam: Karolyn Kirchgesler, President and CEO, Team San Jose

Team San Jose, along with its board of directors, have announced the passing of Karolyn Kirchgesler, president and CEO. The entire Team San Jose family, which includes the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, the collection of San Jose Theaters and Visit San Jose, extend their condolences to the Kirchgesler family and to all of her loved ones. Kirchgesler was diagnosed with cancer in October 2019 and officially stepped back from her role as CEO of Team San Jose in a heartfelt video message this April.

Stats: Most Americans Working From Home Miss In-Person Meetings

With more than 300 million Americans under stay-at-home orders to help slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), many are now required to work from home and avoid all non-essential business travel. In a matter of weeks, thousands of conferences, conventions, trade shows and other face-to-face business events have been postponed or cancelled. Recent estimates from the U.S.