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Economic Impact of Gun Violence on Tourism
The topic of gun violence is not exclusive to politics - American gun policy has a major impact on the economy, including the tourism sector which is heavily reliant on perceptions of risk and safety.
Participation is open to everyone. There is no registration fee. You get to learn from these amazing speakers and so much more. Reserve your spot today!

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During this engaging panel discussion, you'll learn:
- data showing how gun violence impacts tourism economies
- how you can elevate the conversation from being one of politics to one of economics
- where opportunities are available for tourism leaders to make a difference
- where to find resources to support communities that are affected by gun violence

Sandy Phillips, Survivors Empowered
Wes Roehl, Temple University

Moderator: Stephen Ekstrom, The Tourism Academy | tourismacademy.org


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Sandy Phillips
Founder @Survivors Empowered
Survivors Empowered is an organization founded by Sandy and Lonnie Phillips after the slaughter of their daughter, Jessica Redfield Ghawi and eleven others in the Aurora Colorado Theater Mass Shooting in 2012. Their original non-profit, Jessi’s Message, has grown into Survivors Empowered - a national organization created By Survivors, For Survivors, Empowering Survivors. Prior to Jessi's murder, Sandy spent over 20 years working in the tourism industry - product development, destination marketing and travel trade relations.
Wes Roehl, PhD
Professor in the School of Sport, Tourism, and Hospitality Management @Temple University
Wes Roehl is a professor in the School of Sport, Tourism, and Hospitality Management at Temple University. Wes received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from The College of New Jersey and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, respectively. In addition to his current position at Temple University he has taught at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Bond University in Australia; and Temple University's Japan campus. His research focuses on tourist behavior, industry performance, and advertising effectiveness. He is a former editor of Tourism Review International and the UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal. He has worked with industry partners including casinos, destination marketing organizations, festivals and events, industry advocacy groups, and municipal governments.