Capitol Hill Visits

To maximize our impact on Capitol Hill during this event and ease the burden on you and your fellow state delegates, U.S. Travel will schedule all appointments with your congressional delegation. A representative from our scheduling firm, Soapbox Consulting, will contact delegates beginning in February for a brief phone interview to collect the necessary information to coordinate these visits. To minimize confusion, please do not schedule your own congressional appointments.


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

12:00-6:00 p.m. | Registration and Distribution of Capitol Hill Appointment Schedules and Information Packets

Renaissance Ballroom Foyer



Renaissance Ballroom

1:00 p.m. | Welcome

Tori Emerson Barnes, executive vice president for public affairs and policy at U.S. Travel Association, sets the stage for DCH 2020.

1:05 p.m. | Our Message: Travel Works

Hear from U.S. Travel President and CEO Roger Dow on the importance of communicating travel’s essential contributions to our national economy and the impact that your efforts this week will have as we work together to advance travel.

1:20 p.m. | Keynote Address

Amy Walter, a top political analyst in Washington, D.C., will provide her insights into the 2020 election year.

2:20 p.m. | Sponsor Remarks
2:25 p.m. | Break
2:45 p.m. | IPW 2020 Update

Learn from IPW General Manager Malcolm Smith what’s in store at America’s leading international inbound travel tradeshow, taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada.

2:50 p.m. | Panel Discussion: Policies That Grow Travel

U.S. Travel’s government relations experts provide the latest intelligence and key messages on the issues delegates will discuss in their congressional meetings on Capitol Hill.

3:30 p.m. | Fireside Chat: Behind Closed Doors

What are the do’s and don’ts of a successful Hill meeting? Learn from top policy insiders how best to plan for, approach, and execute a successful meeting with a member of Congress and staff.

4:15 p.m. | Sponsor Remarks


4:20 p.m. | Travel Champion Awards Presentation 

Roger Dow presents the honorees of the 2020 Distinguished Travel Champion awards and the Grassroots Travel Champion award.

4:25 p.m. | Preparing for your Capitol Hill Meetings

Soapbox Consulting will provide last-minute tips for your congressional meetings, and you will have the opportunity to meet with your state delegation to coordinate who will attend the meetings with you. This will also be your chance to ask any questions about your schedule or the flow of the legislative meetings on Thursday.

5:00-6:00 p.m. | Networking Reception

Join travel leaders from across the country for peer-to-peer networking before Thursday's congressional appointments.
Mount Vernon Square

Thursday, April 2, 2020

7:00-8:30 a.m. | Distribution of Capitol Hill Appointment Schedules and Information Packets

Renaissance Ballroom Foyer

7:00-8:30 a.m. | Networking Breakfast

Renaissance Ballroom

Did you miss Wednesday’s program or still unclear about the issues you’ll be discussing during your Congressional appointments? U.S. Travel staff will be on hand throughout breakfast to answer any questions before you depart for Capitol Hill*.

*Transportation arrangements TBD*

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. | Meetings on Capitol Hill