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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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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A Message from our National Chair

June 09, 2021

U.S. Travel welcomed ...

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The Dow Report | Travelzoo

March 23, 2021

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.

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November 23, 2020
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For those that are choosing to travel, I implore you to take part in the shared responsibility of protecting public health.

November 10, 2020
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Roger Dow speaks with Jeff Arnold, Chairman and CEO of Sharecare and Chairman of Forbes Travel Guide, about the growing relationship of health and well-being at the personal and organizational level.


November 10, 2020
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Roger Dow speaks with Jeff Arnold, Chairman and CEO of Sharecare and Chairman of Forbes Travel Guide, about the growing relationship of health and well-being at the personal and organizational level.


October 28, 2020
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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 right. The CEOs of the World Travel & Tourism Council and U.S. Travel Association and other industry...


October 20, 2020
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Roger Dow speaks with Doug Baker, Chairman and CEO of Ecolab, about the relationship between health & safety and hospitality during the COVID-10 pandemic.


October 06, 2020
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Roger Dow speaks with Caryn Seidman-Becker, CEO of CLEAR, about the importance of health security and identity, and how travel can emerge stronger than ever.