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May 18, 2021

COVID-19 and Travel: Will I need to be vaccinated? What restrictions will there be? To where? And where will I stay?

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COVID-19 and Travel: Will I need to be vaccinated? What restrictions will there be? To where? And where will I stay?


Expert speakers from the Transportation and Hospitality industries as well as UK government officials will address opportunities, challenges and updates on the various aspects of (international) business and leisure travel for now as well as in the foreseeable future.


Lots of uncertainties and confusion – how will a “post”-COVID-19 era look like travel-wise.

  • Vaccinations rates are improving rapidly in the US and the UK, but there are hurdles and other regions are still in lockdown.
  • What are the rules and restrictions for both business and leisure travellers coming to the US? What will change and when? Do I need a vaccination passport?
  • What have airports, hotels and airlines put in place to make travel safe and convenient? What is next?


Ian Chyun, Airline Business Development Director – Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
Ian Chyun is an international commercial aviation professional with 15 years of experience working for airports and global airlines in the United States, Latin America, and Europe.  In his current role, he is responsible for growing new and expanded air service to Reagan National Airport and Dulles International Airport for airlines in the oneworld and SkyTeam alliances.  Prior to working at MWAA, Ian spent 9 years working in Sales & Marketing for the Lufthansa Group Airlines based in Washington, DC.

Paul Swartz
Regional Sales Manager / American Airlines
Paul currently leads a team of nine Senior Corporate Account Managers in Greater Washington and New England. His team’s focus is to strengthen our existing partnerships and strategic relationships with our top corporate accounts. Paul brings a wealth of experience from past roles in the highly competitive financial, real estate, and electronics industries. He has a BA in Economics and History from Colby College in Waterville, Maine

Derrick Surratt, Manager, Government Sales British Airways
Derrick currently manages the strategic relationship with the U.S. Government for British Airways and Iberia Airlines. He also manages strategic relationships with corporations throughout the U.S. Northeast Corridor. Derrick has held multiple sales and sales management roles within British Airways throughout a 25-year career including Regional Sales Director for the South US. He earned a B.A. in Political Science from UNC-Chapel Hill and an M.B.A. from the University of Reading in the U.K. Derrick is happily married and has twin girls.

Mark Huntley, General Manager and Regional Vice President, Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown
Mark Huntley was appointed general manager and regional vice president of Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown in July 2017. A seasoned hotelier, Huntley’s regional responsibilities for overall operations, performance and strategic direction include that of Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown, Fairmont Pittsburgh, Novotel Miami Brickell, Fairmont El San Juan Hotel  and Sofitel Washington, DC Lafayette Square. He has held the position of regional vice president & general manager of The Savoy in London and briefly served as executive vice president of MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas before returning to Fairmont in 2007.

Nicholas Woodbridge – First Secretary, Transportation Policy, British Embassy, Washington DC
Nick Woodbridge has been with the UK Department for Transport (DfT) for eight years. His prior positions included Project Manager at Serco and Project Manager at Scott Wilson (now URS Corporation). Nick has a BS from Brunel University London and an MS from Canterbury Christ Church University.

MODERATORS and Co-Chairs of the Prgram Committee

Hilary Fordwich, President, Strelmark, LLC, Business Development Consultants
Jan Mul, Director, International Business Investment, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority