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Webinar Recap – This Week in Social Distancing – July 9, 2020

Thursday, July 9, 2020 11AM PT

This week, Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA), Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB), and Travel Portland joined us as we looked at how tourist destinations can use mobile data to start their Recovery planning efforts. 

In this week’s webinar, we provided an update on how consumer behavior nationwide has shifted since reopening and showcased how the metrics available via COVID-19 Recovery Insights can be used to analyze actual examples of destinations that have been impacted differently from the pandemic. 

Our research is powered by de-identified & aggregated location insights from hundreds of millions of devices that have opted into sharing their location data.

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Speakers included: 

Evelina Giang

Director of Analytics and Data Solutions

As Director of Analytics and Data Solutions at UberMedia, Evelina is an expert in location intelligence. Her passion lies in helping businesses solve complex real world problems with the use of mobile data. She has worked with a variety of companies to onboard mobile data as a key piece of their toolkit for location analysis.

Evan Saunders

Vice President, Tourism and Hospitality

Evan Saunders is Vice President of Tourism and Hospitality at UberMedia, a leading mobile data analytics and business intelligence company focused on location analysis. UberMedia works with destinations and companies small and large around-the-world, providing them data and insights on their visitors. Prior to UberMedia, Evan founded Attract China, a tourism marketing company focused on Chinese travelers coming to America, and ran it as CEO over a four-year period, servicing 250 clients, speaking at over 30 conferences worldwide, and winning multiple industry-leading awards, including HSMAI’s Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds. An avid traveler and club sandwich enthusiast, Evan documents his adventures on his blog,

Steve Halasz

Director of Research, Travel Portland

Steve Halasz serves as the Director of Research at Travel Portland in Portland, OR. Prior to founding the Research Department at Travel Portland, Steve was the Director of Consumer Research at Brand USA. He has conducted Market Research for more than 10 years and started his research career as a consultant in the manufacturing and industrials sector. As a consultant, he worked with many leading, global brands, such as John Deere, Ingersoll Rand, US Gypsum, Altec, and Rheem Manufacturing. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Wake Forest University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from The College of William & Mary.

Heath Dillard

Director of Insights, Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA)

Heath Dillard is the Director of Insights for the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, leading the organization’s research efforts to support sales & marketing strategies for Charlotte as a leisure and group destination, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Bojangles’ Entertainment Complex and the Charlotte Convention Center. He frequently presents on trends impacting the Charlotte Tourism Industry. 

David O’Donnell

Director of Strategic Communications, Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB)

David O’Donnell is the Director of Strategic Communications for the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB).  In this capacity, Mr. O’Donnell directs all media relations, public relations, and external communications issued by the GBCVB. He also oversees the GBCVB’s social media operations and digital influencer campaigns.  Mr. O’Donnell is a member of U.S Travel Association’s Communications Advisory Committee and he is the GBCVB’s chief liaison to several public and quasi-public organizations in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including Massport and the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism.  He plays a leading role in all consumer-facing marketing efforts and is a member of Massport’s route development stakeholders committee, a forum of destination experts that pursues new international non-stop routes to Boston Logan International Airport.

Mr. O’Donnell holds a BA in American History & Government from Colorado College and an MA in World History from Northeastern University.  He has published several articles and essays on U.S. political and social history, along with one book on the pioneering literary culture of Boston and Massachusetts in the 19th Century.  He grew up outside of Bangor, Maine and currently resides in Dedham, Massachusetts.

This article is a summary of a webinar presented by UberMedia on July 9th, 2020 .  We encourage you to contact us if you are interested in learning more, including to understand more fully the study methodology and our data collection and privacy practices.  Do not reprint.