Livestream: What is the Future of International Travel and Tourism?
A panel of senior leadership from LAX, Delta, Marriott, and World Trade Center LA

Justin Erbacci

CEO, Los Angeles World Airports

Dana Debel

Managing Dir., Government Affairs, Delta

Javier Cano

VP and Marketing GM, Marriott Int'l at LA Live

June 10, 2020 11:00 AM    Webinar

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While regions and countries around the globe are beginning to re-open, what is the future for the travel and tourism industries? Since the global outbreak of COVID-19, passenger traffic in the U.S. is down 95%, international passenger revenues are expected to decrease by over $300 billion, and roughly 100 million travel sector jobs have been eliminated or are at risk. While the physical layout of airplanes and the financial model of airline companies pose challenges to the travel & tourism industries, the desire to see the world has only increased over the decades. 


On this livestream, the Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall, in partnership with the World Trade Center Los Angeles, will host interim CEO of Los Angeles World Airports Justin Erbacci; Managing Director of Government Affairs for Delta Dana Debel; and VP & Market General Manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles and the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE. The panel will be moderated by Stephen Cheung, President of WTCLA  and Executive Vice President of LAEDC. The panel will address key questions about the fate of the domestic, regional, and international travel ecosystem. How has LAX been impacted by the pandemic, and what are they doing to adapt their business and economic model for the future? What are airlines doing to plan for a safe future while still staying financially afloat? And when it comes to travel — whether business or leisure — will we see psychological or societal attitude shifts towards flying? Join us live on June 10th at 11 am for the answers to these questions and the chance to ask yours. 

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Justin Erbacci serves as the Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). He has been with LAWA since October 2016. Mr. Erbacci has oversight of Los Angeles International (LAX) and Van Nuys (VNY) general aviation airports. Mr. Erbacci oversees the largest airport police force in the United States, and works with his public safety team and outside government stakeholders to ensure the protection of the public and property. Mr. Erbacci brings more than 15 years of experience in global executive leadership from inside and outside of the aviation industry. Prior to his appointment with LAWA, he served as Vice President of Customer Experience & Technology for Star Alliance, a global airline network comprised of 28 airlines serving 640 million passengers annually.

Dana Debel is responsible for government relations with state and local officials in the western U.S., inclu​ding California, Washington, and Utah, along with other key communities. Prior to relocating to Los Angeles, Dana led similar efforts out of Delta’s Detroit hub. Dana has led numerous efforts to enhance the presence of Delta within its hub communities and improve the economic and operating climate for Delta’s customers and employees before state and local elected leaders. Prior to joining Delta, Dana served as Policy Director for Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm, and was charged with carrying out the Governor’s policy agenda in both the legislative and administrative arenas.​

Javier Cano is vice president and market general manager for Marriott International’s L.A. Live properties: the Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live, the Ritz Carlton Residences at L.A. Live, and Courtyard and Residence Inn L.A. Live. He also is the chairman of the Los Angeles Tourism Marketing District, overseeing a $27 million effort to drive tourism to the city. He serves on the boards of the California Hotel & Lodging Association, California Travel Association, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Hotel Association and the California Hospital Medical Center Foundation. He is on the advisory board of Collins College of Hospitality at Cal Poly Pomona.


Stephen Cheung (moderator) is the Executive Vice President of LAEDC and the President of World Trade Center Los Angeles (WTCLA). Cheung leads investment attraction to the LA County region on behalf of both LAEDC and WTCLA, and facilitates the successful location of new businesses, projects, and deals from both international and U.S. investors into the region. He also supports international trade and international connections for organizations based in LA County. Prior to his current role, Stephen Cheung was the Secretary-General of International Trade and Foreign Affairs for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Concurrently, Cheung was the Director of International Trade for the Port of Los Angeles.

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