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 $2.6 trillion in economic output and supports 15.8 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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U.S. Travel Calls on Congress to Support 501(c)(6) DMOs

April 03, 2020

While the CARES Act contains a number of hard-fought provisions to provide essential and immediate aid to the travel industry, a crucial problem is emerging with the distribution of funds: relief for destination marketing organizations (DMOs) with a 501(c)(6) tax designation.

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The Coronavirus Relief Package Passed. How Do You Access Funding?

April 01, 2020

U.S. Travel has created several documents to inform your next steps.

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Friday Check-In

Friday Check-In | March 6, 2020

March 06, 2020

For this week's Friday Check-In, Roger Dow delivers an update on Coronavirus and what it means to the travel industry.

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February 28, 2020
Friday Check-In

In this week's Friday Check-In, we have an update on Coronavirus, discuss the latest developments on REAL ID, and preview Destination Capitol Hill.


February 21, 2020
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The spread of COVID-19 has created uncertainty in the global travel community and is affecting inbound travel to the United States, specifically from our No. 3 overseas market, China.

February 07, 2020
Friday Check-In

In this week’s Friday Check-In, we’ll provide an update on the Coronavirus, take a look back at the State of the Travel Industry address, and discuss movement on improving America's infrastructure.


January 17, 2020
Friday Check-In

This is the first Friday Check-In of 2020, and we'll cover several events taking place over the next few weeks.


December 20, 2019
Friday Check-In

In the final Friday Check-In of the year, we share an update on Brand USA reauthorization, the latest on USMCA, and a preview of National Plan for Vacation Day.


December 20, 2019
Delicate Arch in Arches National Park.

While each new year presents its own successes and challenges, 2019 was tremendously successful for the U.S. Travel Association and the members we serve.