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 $2.5 trillion in economic output and supports 15.7 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 | October 4, 2019

October 04, 2019

In this week’s Friday Check-In, we highlight an industry-wide initiative that U.S. Travel has launched to ramp-up awareness on REAL ID requirements ahead of next year’s enforcement deadline,...

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Friday Check-In | September 20, 2019

September 20, 2019

In this week’s Friday Check-In, you’ll learn about our efforts to renew Brand USA, and hear about several important meetings that have taken place in recent days.

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Friday Check-In | August 30, 2019

August 30, 2019

In this week’s Friday Check-In, we’ll share a recap from our Travel Works Roadshow and hear from a few special guests.

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August 23, 2019
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In this week’s Friday Check-In, we provide a recap from a phenomenal ESTO conference, feature two special guests and share new research from U.S. Travel.


July 19, 2019
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In this week’s Friday Check-In, we’ll provide updates from U.S. Travel’s summer board of directors meeting, share the latest on Brand USA reauthorization, and update you on the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board policy recommendations.


June 21, 2019
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In this week’s Friday Check-In, we’ll provide an overview of our work to reauthorize Brand USA, Visa Waiver Program, National Parks and more.


June 07, 2019
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In this week’s Friday Check-In, we’ll take a look at the 51st IPW in beautiful Anaheim, California.


May 10, 2019
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In this week’s Friday Check-in, we’ll spotlight National Travel and Tourism Week, provide an update on H-2B Visas, discuss our latest research report, and unpack the latest Travel Trends Index.


April 12, 2019
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In this week’s Friday Check-In, we’ll share a recap from U.S. Travel Meetings Week, discuss the newly introduced JOLT Act, and hear from the association’s new national chair.