Roger Dow is president and CEO of U.S. Travel Association, the Washington, D.C.-based organization representing all segments of travel in America. U.S. Travel’s mission is to increase travel to and within the United States.

As the leading travel industry advocate, Dow and his team regularly confers with administration and congressional leaders to advance policies that benefit the broader travel industry. His efforts have resulted in major legislative victories, including securing pandemic-related relief for the hard-hit travel industry, establishing and renewing Brand USA, the highly effective national travel and tourism promotion program, and procuring funds to maintain America’s treasured national parks. Dow and U.S. Travel are also leaders of the Meetings Mean Business Coalition which promotes and defends the value of face-to-face business meetings, trade shows, conferences and conventions, as well as the Let’s Go There Coalition, a domestic initiative to inspire future travel following steep declines associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Travel provides the industry with unrivaled research and insights and holds renowned annual events, such as IPW, the leading international inbound travel trade show, and ESTO, the premier learning and knowledge-sharing forum for destination marketing professionals. Most recently, Dow launched The Dow Report, a regular video series that features conversations with prominent CEOs across the industry about their leadership throughout the pandemic.

For his efforts to unify the travel industry and increase its effectiveness on Capitol Hill, Dow has received multiple honors and awards. Dow has also held seats on several boards, including ASAE, GWSAE, MPI Foundation, PCMA, Tourism Diversity Matters, RE/MAX International, the Travel Institute, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, among others.

Prior to joining U.S. Travel in 2005, Dow spent 34 years at Marriott International, rising to senior vice president of global and field sales. 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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It's Time to Lift the International Travel Ban

July 08, 2021

The time is now—we simply cannot afford to wait any longer. 

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Let's Meet There: Recovering Business Travel, Professional Meetings and Events

June 24, 2021

This industry-wide webinar covers the launch of our latest campaign…...

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Let’s Meet There: Industry Turns Focus to Restoring Professional Meetings and Events

June 22, 2021

The same energy, focus and collaboration that made Let’s Go There such a great success will carry the Let’s Meet There campaign through this next chapter.

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June 09, 2021
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U.S. Travel welcomed Christine Duffy , president of Carnival Cruise Line, as the association's national chair , leading a board representing a diverse cross-section of travel business sectors. In this brief video message to the U.S. Travel membership, Christine shares her perspective on equipping...


March 23, 2021
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Roger Dow speaks with two Travelzoo general managers, James Clarke from the U.K., and Christian Smart from Germany, about the current state and the road ahead for global long-haul travel.


March 16, 2021
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This webinar features the U.S. Travel government relations team as they walk through the travel-related provisions provided by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021—the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that includes much-needed federal assistance and substantial support to aid our industry’s recovery—as well as important details on accessing available relief. To learn more about the relief options, we encourage you to bookmark our travel industry relief resource page which will be updated regularly with more information as it becomes available.


February 19, 2021
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There is a connection to civil rights history that began at the very doorstep of U.S. Travel’s present-day office in Washington, D.C.

January 13, 2021
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As we look ahead to the start of our recovery in 2021, membership at U.S. Travel is evolving to meet the changing needs of this industry. To ensure we are meeting the needs of the entire travel ecosystem as we face an entirely new chapter, we have re-imagined our membership structure and offering...


January 07, 2021
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The U.S. Travel government relations team provides an in-depth overview of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Package and the components of the legislation that have important impacts on travel businesses. Learn how to access relief, when funds will be made available and other considerations you should...