WASHINGTON

The U.S. Travel Association announced it will host its first-ever Future of Travel Mobility summit, a day-long event on Tuesday, October 26, convening executives in the business, transportation and technology sectors, together with policymakers and administration officials.

Held at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C., the event will explore issues central to the coming decade of travel mobility and the traveler experience, including sustainable travel, seamless and secure travel, and innovative and emerging travel. Speakers will address the vital intersection of business innovation and public policy with the goal of accelerating action on critical mobility initiatives that strengthen core American industries.

Key sessions will include “The Green American Road Trip,” “From Curbside to Cruising Altitude,” and “Connecting Cities in Minutes With Hyperloop.”

Invitations are pending with select speakers, but those confirmed (as of 10/20/21) for the Oct. 26th event include:

  • The Honorable Pete Buttigieg, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation
  • The Honorable Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
  • U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Member, House Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • U.S. Representative John Katko (R-NY), Ranking Member, House Committee on Homeland Security
  • Austin Brown, Senior Director for Transportation Emissions, White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy
  • Ed Bastian, CEO, Delta Air Lines
  • JoeBen Bevirt, Founder and CEO, Joby Aviation
  • Todd Davidson, CEO, Travel Oregon
  • Josh Giegel, CEO and Co-founder, Virgin Hyperloop
  • Kevin McAleenan, former Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; CEO, Pangiam
  • Denise Naguib, Vice President, Sustainability and Supplier Diversity, Marriott International
  • Mark Reuss, President, General Motors Company
  • Blake Scholl, Founder and CEO, Boom Supersonic
  • Anne Smart, Vice President, Public Policy, ChargePoint

The summit is a key step in advancing the association’s goal of building more modernized travel infrastructure systems and increasing the industry’s global competitiveness beyond the pandemic.

“Our eyes are on the future, where U.S. technologies and advancements promise a new day for travel, mobility, sustainability and infrastructure,” said Roger Dow, President and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association.

“We have an opportunity—by bringing travel, transportation and business leaders together with government officials—to advance meaningful policies critical to the economic growth of our industry,” said U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes. “By investing in mobility today, America’s travel industry is preparing to emerge from the pandemic much stronger than before, positioned for innovation and sustainable growth.”

In-person attendance is available, but limited; please email for information. The event will also be available via livestream. Please register here for a link. 

All remarks delivered by program speakers are on-the-record. If you have interest in a separate media availability, please contact us via email in advance.

COVID-19 Vaccination/Test Results

To ensure a healthy and safe event, all attendees – including media guests – are required to submit either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result, administered by a medical professional and taken within 72 hours of event check-in.

To expedite entry, U.S. Travel Association has contracted with CLEAR Health Pass to provide easy proof of the required screening.

Accessibility Entrance

An accessible entrance with a ramp is available along the east side of the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium.

Reception (Closed Press)

The evening networking reception is closed to the press.


U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry. In 2020, travel generated $1.5 trillion in economic output and supported 11 million jobs, a drastic decline from pre-pandemic figures. U.S. Travel's mission is to increase travel to and within the United States. Visit ustravel.org for information and recovery-related data.