In his current role, Malcolm Smith is responsible for overseeing U.S. Travel’s business development activities, which include strategic partnerships, premier membership, sponsorships and advertising sales. Additionally, in 2011, Smith assumed the role of general manager of IPW, the premier international inbound trade show for the United States, formerly known as International Pow Wow.

Smith joined the U.S. Travel Association in July 2009, bringing with him more than 15 years of travel industry experience, including leadership positions in destination marketing, hospitality sales, and international sales and marketing.

Before joining U.S. Travel, Smith spent four years with Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants in the position of area director of sales and marketing for Washington, D.C., and Seattle, WA. In addition to his hospitality background, Smith has six years’ international sales and marketing experience as director of sales and marketing with the Texas Office of Tourism and two years’ experience as Amtrak’s global sales manager.

Over his career, Smith has served on numerous boards and advisory committees, such as U.S. Travel’s IPW Planning Committee, HSMAI-DC Chapter Board of Directors and the Greater Seattle Business Association Board of Directors. In 2014, Smith received the Stanley J. Fisher Award for Travel Professional of the Year by RSAA.

Smith holds a master’s degree in international relations from St. Mary’s University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas Tech University

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Friday Check-In | May 24, 2019

May 24, 2019

In this week’s Friday Check-in, we’ll spotlight the latest infrastructure updates, share information regarding REAL ID compliance, discuss progress on Brand USA renewal and highlight the 51st...

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Friday Check-In | March 29, 2019

March 29, 2019

In this week’s Friday Check-In, we cover an infrastructure hearing on the Hill, discuss the latest with the Visa Waiver Program and spotlight our upcoming events.

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Washington Addresses Key Travel-Related Issues

April 27, 2018

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the case concerning the president's 2017 executive order banning travel to the U.S. by certain countries. 

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May 26, 2017
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Earlier this week, the president released his budget for FY2018, which includes a proposal to cut federal funding for Brand USA. U.S. Travel and the broad travel community are engaging members of Congress to ensure their understanding of the tremendous value that Brand USA creates nationwide.


March 03, 2017
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U.S. Travel is urging the administration to make clear that legitimate international travelers are welcome to visit the U.S., while outlining the enhanced security measures contained in the executive action.