John O’Donnell Appears on Panel to Discuss Future of Large Public Events

Late last month, WANADA President and CEO John O’Donnell joined leaders from some of the largest tourism and convention organizations in North America for a panel discussion on what the future looks like for large public gatherings like The Washington, D.C. Auto Show.

The event, which featured convention and events leaders from Washington, Las Vegas, Vancouver, and Newark, was hosted by the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC), a Brussels-based trade group representing large events spaces, and supply-chain partners, across the world.

While the program was hosted virtually, and viewed by members across North America and the world, O’Donnell participated in the event at Studio 801 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, where he was joined by EventsDC President and CEO Greg O’Dell.

O’Donnell spoke optimistically about the future of large gatherings, particularly consumer-focused events. He noted the success the United States has had in distributing highly effective vaccines in a short period of time, surpassing the pace of most of the world in at least the initial rollout, and the clear signs of pent-up demand from consumers who wish to take in the kinds of events and experiences that were largely closed and canceled for more than a year.

The 2022 Washington, D.C. Auto Show will be held January 21-30, 2022, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. We at WANADA thank Greg O’Dell and the EventsDC team for all their help making the auto show a success every year, and for helping facilitate John’s appearance on this panel discussion with AIPC.

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