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 meet with executive branch and congressional leaders to advance policies that benefit the broader travel industry. His efforts have resulted in major legislative victories, including his instrumental role in establishing and renewing Brand USA, the highly effective national travel and tourism promotion program. 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.

U.S. Travel provides the industry unrivaled research and analysis 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 featues conversations with prominent CEOs from across all segments of the industry about their leadership and insights throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

For his efforts to unify the travel industry and increase its effectiveness on Capitol Hill, Dow has been the recipient of multiple honors, including MPI’s 2018 Industry Leader Award. Dow has also held seats on several boards, including ASAE, GWSAE, MPI Foundation, PCMA, 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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Do Your Part for Public Health if Choosing To Travel for Thanksgiving

November 23, 2020

For those that are choosing to travel, I implore you to take part in the shared responsibility of protecting public health. 

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A Global Effort: The Road To Reopening International Air Travel

October 28, 2020

As the travel and tourism industry around the world continues to confront the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, significant strides are underway to restart global air travel when the time is...

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Virtual Political Conventions Got the Job Done. We Still Need the Real Thing

September 10, 2020

In the words of one Milwaukee-based writer, “a virtual convention is about as nourishing for its host city...

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August 20, 2020
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Congress should consider a stand-alone bill to freeze federal per diem rates for at least the next two years.

August 19, 2020
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There is a straightforward action that the federal government can take right now to get our economy on the path to recovery: increase the federal role in COVID-19 testing.

August 06, 2020
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As reopening continues, confidence builds and the emotional connection to travel returns, the Let's Go There campaign will look to incentivize Americans to book and take a trip by providing industrywide offers and discounts to compel Americans to act during a pre-determined booking window. This...


August 03, 2020
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We all have a role to play in ensuring a safe and healthy travel experience: wear a mask, sanitize surfaces and wash hands frequently, and stay home if you are feeling sick.

July 28, 2020
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The U.S. Travel team provides an update on the HEALS Act. Tune in to hear what that means for the travel industry and ways to continue activating for relief. View the presentation slides here .


July 14, 2020
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The numbers make it clear: This is the summer of getting reacquainted with our hiking boots.