Roger Dow is president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, the Washington, D.C.-based organization representing all segments of travel in America—an industry that generates $2.4 trillion in economic output and supports 15.6 million jobs. U.S. Travel’s mission is to increase travel to and within the United States.

U.S. Travel advocates for policies that allow travel to thrive. Dow regularly meets with executive branch and congressional leaders to discuss industry priorities, and his efforts have resulted in major legislative victories. He was instrumental in establishing Brand USA, the highly effective national travel and tourism promotion program.

Beyond U.S. Travel’s role as chief travel industry advocate in Washington, the association under Dow’s leadership provides essential research, including analysis of travel’s significant economic impact and products such as the monthly Travel Trends Index.

U.S. Travel produces annual events that connect the industry, such as IPW—the leading international inbound travel trade show—which drives $4.7 billion in future travel to the United States; and ESTO, the premier learning and knowledge-sharing forum for destination marketing professionals.

Additionally, Dow and U.S. Travel are leaders of the Meetings Mean Business Coalition, which promotes and defends the value of face-to-face business meetings, trade shows, conferences and conventions.

Counted among Dow’s successes is Project: Time Off, a research-driven initiative aimed at vacation usage that evolved to support the expansion of U.S. Travel’s domestic leisure travel agenda.

For his work to unify the travel industry and increase its effectiveness on Capitol Hill, Dow is the recipient of multiple honors, including the 2018 MPI Industry Leader Award, Successful Meetings’ Most Influential People, and the 2008 TRENDS Association Executive of the Year.

Prior to joining U.S. Travel in 2005, Dow advanced through the ranks at Marriott International in a tenure spanning 34 years, where he rose to senior vice president of global and field sales. He has held seats on the boards of ASAE, ASAE Foundation, PCMA, MPI Foundation, GWSAE, the Travel Institute, RE/MAX International and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100.

Dow served in the United States Army with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam, where he received the Bronze Star and other citations. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Seton Hall University and was honored as a Most Distinguished Alumnus in 2012. In addition, he holds an honorary degree from Johnson & Wales University.

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Friday Check-In | December 7, 2018

December 07, 2018

In this week’s Friday Check-In, Tori Barnes examines various year-end scenarios in Washington and explains what these could mean for Brand USA’s renewal and national parks funding.

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Friday Check-In | November 16, 2018

November 16, 2018

In this week’s Friday Check-In, we’ll share an update on two industry meetings, as well as our efforts to earn renewal for Brand USA and our perspective on the midterm elections. 

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American Pro Sports Are a Huge Draw for International Dollars

November 12, 2018

Certain overseas markets are perfectly primed to join American sports fandom—an opportunity that could have a profound effect on international inbound travel and visitor spending.

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November 01, 2018

I’ve sat across the table from Barack Obama, and now I’ve sat across the table from Donald Trump. While these two presidents are obviously dissimilar in their views, the message that I brought with me to the West Wing was the same: travel is a jobs provider, and when it thrives, so does America.

October 26, 2018

In this week’s Friday Check-In, we’ll showcase hurricane recovery efforts in Florida, share updates from several industry meetings, and provide our take on the upcoming midterm elections.

October 12, 2018

In this week’s Friday Check-In, you’ll learn about travel-related provisions in the newly passed FAA bill, developments toward the renewal of Brand USA, and the latest insights from our Travel Trends Index.

September 28, 2018

This week’s Friday Check-In discusses a recent development toward expanding the Visa Waiver Program, recap National Public Lands Day, and share a positive step for air travel.

September 14, 2018

In this week’s Friday Check-In, you’ll hear about our recent meeting with the White House; get an update on efforts to protect and maintain our National Parks; learn about a new Brand USA toolkit; and hear about a new member webinar series.

August 31, 2018

In this week’s Friday Check-In, you’ll learn about our efforts to help protect America’s national parks, get the latest travel forecast from U.S. Travel researchers, and hear about two new resources we’re delivering for our industry’s use.