Bench Events is organising a complete online conference

Published on : Thursday, March 26, 2020

To bring together industry leaders to discuss the unprecedented economic circumstances caused by the Covid-19 outbreak Bench Events is organising  a complete online conference.

What the industry can do collectively to rebuild confidence will be addressed in the event.


On April 7 from 10:00-16:00 BST the virtual conference will take place and registration is free of charge for all participants.

To selected charities helping out those in the hospitality industry an optional donation is requested and for those worst affected by the coronavirus.

The event will address what the industry can do collectively to rebuild confidence.

Puneet Chhatwal, chief executive, Indian Hotels stated that with Covid-19 sweeping across the globe, many companies in the hospitality industry are facing an unprecedented threat.


As they combat the pandemic much better united than divided, they all need to come together to share ideas.

He went on saying that the meeting on the internet will set a great example of what we can do by thinking in a bold and imaginative way.

There will be a a stellar list of speakers, including: Paul Stoltz, the world’s leading expert and consultant on resilience and creator of the Adversity Quotient; Roger Bootle, the award-winning founder of Capital Economics; Najib Balala, cabinet secretary, ministry of tourism and wildlife, Kenya; Roger Dow, president of the United States Travel Association; and dozens of top executives from across the hospitality industry worldwide.

The economics of the coronavirus, how to survive the greatest adversity of their time and the nine  essential leadership behaviours needed in crisis and the outlook to recovery will be the topics on the agenda.

It is expected that state of the art video conferencing technology will be used to bring virtual main-stage panel sessions to an audience of up to 100,000 online participants.

There will be more focussed roundtables drilling into the details of the specific subjects and people joining remotely will be able to ask questions and post comments in real time, using a live chat facility.

Jonathan Worsley, founder, Bench Events, concluded that ‘Devastating’ is the word most governments are using to describe the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on society and the economy.

The sector that stands to suffer the most is travel and hospitality.

Nothing is certain, except that our world will never be the same again. We need business leaders to come together to discuss the best strategies to cope with the immediate crisis and to plan how to capitalise on the recovery when it comes.

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