Scott, Tim Sass, Georgia State University discussed on WSB programming

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Let's come together to celebrate our communities marking Tomb here. It's morning, Georgia for Swan fisting. She had Tonto and so with the weeks ahead in Sawani summer porch sham. We have performers on a bunch of front porches in our own town areas, So it's kind of spread out already to Roswell Live in Roswell is our signature event indoor ville barbecues that are celebrating their 150th anniversary. Having some outdoor movie nights. There's an outdoor festival or concert out there for all of us coming out of this pandemic. Edgar Craig, it's 95.5 WSB Touchdown again. That's the sound of prosperity. And in 2021, the annual Chick fil A Kickoff Classic, says they're too weekend games of September had to be held a full crowds of Mercedes Benz Stadium. Well, I think for the first time in the year we've got really, really good news. To share with everybody in the city Atlantic convicted of Visitors Bureau president of CEO William Pate tells me after being decimated by the pandemic, Atlanta's $16 billion or your hospitality industry is set for a roaring comeback. This year. We're going to see a significant uptick in visitation. In the city. Now through the end of the year, we're gonna see concerts and festivals back. We're gonna have AH, great sports season. All of these factors were going to come together and as we get more people in the city That means more money is going to flow through the city. And as that money flows through the city, the small businesses that support the hospitality industry are going to really have AH, have a good six months here, and that's gonna help in the total recovery for the entire city. What's on the books? That's got you so optimistic. Well, we've got 25 major conventions that are scheduled for the back half of the year. So that means we're going to be back to our normal routine of a convention. Every Sort of 7 to 10 days. How's Atlanta positioned versus other cities Now in the hospitality business? Well, we going into the end of 19. We were very well positioned competitively. One of the advantages we've had is that the governor kept the state open, and so we're ahead of other parts of the country in the reopening, and in part of the reason why our convention business is getting back a little more quickly, and then we've got some of our other demand generators. We're gonna have a great sports. Season this fall and 100% capacity are concerts are coming back stuff was coming back. All of those demand generators contributes significantly to visitation in the city, and so as all of those come back online as we head into the fall One of the great things about this business is it works on scales. And with all of those businesses coming back at the same time, we're really going to see a nice surge in visitation for the city. What are you hearing about? Meeting planners worried about Atlanta crime? No, not really. Because you know, the tourism district in general was one of the safest areas of the city. What most leading planners have been interested in are the protocols that we have cleaning, social distancing. What are you doing to protect employees? What are you doing to protect visitors? And that's an area where we score very, very well of meeting planners and the big game changer for big games and conventions here, what you paid says it's the vaccine, and now that we've got the vaccine Uh, we got, you know, really making significant progress against that. These people are more comfortable now. Plus, we've also noticed this significant pin up demand for travels. Well, as we always say good news is news to Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau president CEO William Peattie. Thanks for joining us. Thanks, Scott. Great to talk to you. Summer academies. You're underway now across Metro landed and help school kids catch up the pandemic, taking a heavy toll on learning gains. This research from Georgia State University, Georgia State economics professor Tim Sass says it is clear help getting back on track. The research find some students were not behind it all others behind more than seven months. These impacts were very uneven. A varied across subject across brain level across district and across different groups of students. Professor Sass says that across the board one size fits all is not going to be effective in getting students back on track. Sabrina Cuban 95.5 WSB. Going back to Sabrina's source interview with doctors says. What does this mean? Going forward? Well, I think there's a few lessons for moving forward. One is that simply getting kids back to In person learning. While it's going to be very helpful, that alone won't get students back to where they were. The bottom line is that students were impacted greatly by the pandemic. And those impacts varied a lot and students are going to need help getting back on track. But an across the board one size fits all approach is not going to be effective. The district you're going to have to look at the data, the side that helped that each to needs and Taylor those interventions. Students.

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