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Airline, Hospitality, Tourism Industries: What to Expect?

June 10, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Returning to operations in our new environment is sure to bring many expected and unexpected challenges. Some hotels are talking about leaving departure rooms empty for 24 hours between guests. U.S. carriers are resuming flights slowly amid conflicting restrictions abroad and uncertainty about what hotels and other amenities have reopened.  As some airlines ask crews to wear full-body suits, many flyers aren’t keen to embrace travel yet.

On Wednesday, June 10 @ 6:00 pm, our panel of representatives from the travel, aviation, and hospitality industries will share their insight.

Meet the Panelists:

  • Nancy Barag, Director of Sales and Marketing at the Inn at Penn, A Hilton Hotel – With a long track records of the hospitality industry, Nancy was part of the pre-opening team at Inn at Penn, DOS&M. She also held multiple roles as the Sales Manager at the Sheraton Society Hill, Adams Mark Hotel on City Line Avenue, Hotel Bellevue Stratford…and Sheraton Philadelphia Hotel. Nancy grew up in Omaha, NE. She went to the University of Arizona and received a degree in Special Education. She later moved to Boston, MA. Her late husband, Marc, and Nancy raised two daughters. She lives in East Falls.




  • Giovanna Chiti, Owner of ‘Discover my Italy‘, Italian Travel Expert – Giovanna is an Italian travel expert dedicated to opening the real doors to her country, so travelers may have a truly authentic experience and fall in love with Italy as their own.  Her 30-year travel career began as a specialist with TWA in Milan. Giovanna worked as a travel agent in Chicago to a group specialist for Cathay Pacific Airlines back in Milan. She then co-founded  Caravella Italia, a tour operator based in Philadelphia that focused on small, upscale group travel to Italy. Feeling the call to do something truly personal, Giovanna Giovanna founded Discover my Italy in 2010. Seeking to deliver more personalized service, Giovanna wanted to find a way to marry her deep knowledge of Italy with the unique needs, interests and budgets of travelers. She is the proud mother of three boys. Her happiest moments are sharing Italy with her sons and cultivating their love of such a beautiful country through extensive travel.


  • Alan Jackson, Cabin Crew/Flight Attendant with major airline companies – Alan started his airline industry career in 1995 with America West Airlines. He was based in Phoenix Arizona until 2014 when he transferred to Philadelphia after the merger of America West Airlines which took place in May 2005.  Us Airways then acquired bankrupt American Airlines in September 2013…..He plans on staying in the Philadelphia base until he retires. 




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June 10, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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