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FUTURE OF: Travel

Time to ethically reset the travel industry

DATE & TIME
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

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SPEAKER(S)

Gianni Marostica (BComm 83, MBA 88), Natasha Martin (BA 05), Hannah Kellett (BComm 16), Allison Lampert (BA 98)

COST

This event is free

ORGANIZATION

University Advancement

WHERE

Online

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

1 – 2 p.m. Eastern Time

Now that travel is beginning to resume, what will it look like after the pandemic?

This past year, while we were grounded and forced to take a break from traveling, we were inspired to rethink our home and work lives. Time away allowed us to see how we can travel more sustainably and responsibly. What does that mean for the travel industry both in leisure and corporate industries?

We'll discuss what the impact on tourism has been and how to build back better — what lessons have we learned, and practices that we'll keep for the future.

Panelists

Gianni Marostica, BComm 83, MBA 88
Director, Global Business Development, Google

Natasha Martin, BA 05
Innovation & Engagement (Tourism) at NEOM & Founder, Good Tourism

Hannah Kellett, BComm 16
Senior Project Manager for Industry Development, Destination British Columbia

Moderator

Allison Lampert, BA 98
Aviation reporter, Reuters Montreal


Natasha Martin, BA 05

Innovation & Engagement (Tourism) at NEOM
Founder, Good Tourism

Natasha Martin, BA 05

Natasha Martin is a tourism consultant that specialises in early-stage adventure and responsible tourism development, with expertise is in strategy planning, product development, and tourism marketing and branding.

She works with governments, donor agencies and private sector, usually in frontier and niche destinations like Myanmar, Nepal, Greenland, and Namibia. Natasha currently leads Tourism Innovation at NEOM, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


Hannah Kellett, BComm 16

Senior Project Manager for Industry Development, Destination British Columbia

Hannah Kellett, BComm 16

Hannah Kellett builds resources and learning programs to support BC’s small and medium sized tourism businesses, and other organizations in their efforts to deliver outstanding guest experiences, effective marketing, and tangible business results. Her work is currently focused on areas pertaining to destination stewardship, namely community engagement, accessibility, and sustainability.

Before joing Destination BC, Hannah held progressively senior roles in international relations at the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). This included managing the global non-profit organization they spearheaded, The Montreal Group, which brought together state-owned, development banks from around the world.

Hannah is currently completing a Master of Science in Responsible Tourism Management, where the majority of her research has focused on Indigenous tourism. She lives in Vancouver, which is located on the traditional, unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples including the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations.


Gianni Marostica, BComm 83, MBA 88

Director, Global Business Development, Google

Gianni Marostica, BComm 83, MBA 88

Montreal-born Gianni Marostica has 25+ years of travel industry experience in the airline, hotelier, and software sectors. 

He has been at Google for 10 years and currently leads the Global Business Development team, responsible for all travel-related partners, deals and strategy for air, hotels, destination activities, and enterprise solutions. 

Before joining Google, he was Chief Commercial Officer at ITA Software, a privately-held startup in Cambridge, Mass. Gianni also served as President, Airline Passenger Solutions at Sabre Holdings Corp. for five years, providing mission critical and decision support software solutions to suppliers and intermediaries. He also served as the Managing Partner for Worldwide Consulting based.

Gianni also held several international executive assignments in Canada, the US, France and Italy where he worked on or led the turnaround efforts for the privatisation of Air Canada, Air France and Alitalia, responsible for the areas of pricing, revenue management, and distribution before moving to the U.S. Gianni currently serves on the board of a non-profit and a biotech startup and is involved in mentoring students in the MIT Sandbox project.


Allison Lampert, BA 98

Aviation reporter, Reuters Montreal

Allison Lampert, BA 98

Allison Lampert is an award-winning reporter who has covered areas like the war in Afghanistan and real estate before joining Reuters in Montreal where she covers aviation.

Allison specializes in business aviation where she has covered the transformation of Canada’s Bombardier into a pure play corporate plane maker. Allison is closely  following the aviation industry’s move  toward lowering emissions, along with travel during the time of COVID-19.

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