A few members from our team were invited to experience the Hospitality and Tourism Summit Chicago 2022 at Navy Pier held this past Tuesday. Attendees included our Events Director, Jessica Brown, HR and Account Specialist, Marissa VanGarderen, and the Senior Planner from one of our Turnkey Hospitality brands, Michelle Durpetti Events, Nicole Lee. They spent the day talking with other industry professionals about the rebuilding of tourism, meetings and events in Chicago. This was a great event designed to cultivate relationships between meeting and event planners, concierges, and businesses that cater to Chicago’s groups, events and visitors!
“The event draws the ‘who’s who’ in the industry each year and boasts 80+ exhibitors including venues, restaurants, nightspots, hotels, event services, attractions, tours, shops and more.” After the breakout sessions, our team was welcomed to listen to a panel of professionals who gave insight on previous trends and what we can expect in the coming years. The panel included:
Jim Meyer- Choose Chicago, Interim CEO
Marilyn Gardner- Navy Pier, President and CEO
Larita Clark- MPEA, CEO
Michael Jacobson- Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association, President and CEO
Sam Toia- Illinois Restaurant Association, President and CEO
“People are traveling and booking in-person events again.” said Tim O’Malley, CEO of Ateema Media & Marketing. “It has been an unprecedented couple of years for our industry and we’re proud to team up with our partners to take this important next step in the rebuilding process. Our industry needs to work together to let people know that Chicago has reopened, and we’re back to providing world class experiences for our guests,” O’Malley continued. “This year’s Summit will play a more important role than ever before in terms of connecting industry buyers and sellers given the effects of the pandemic on the networks in our industry.”
After the panel, they enjoyed the entertainment showcase featuring local bands, artists, drag queens, magicians, DJs, and comedians! To conclude their long day of learning and networking, they enjoyed a beautiful ride aboard The Odyssey Lake Michigan and incredible views of our city!
Our team is very much looking forward to what’s to come for the hospitality industry and for tourism numbers to increase in Chicago for 2022!