The Hall of Leaders was established in 1969 as part of U.S. Travel's National Awards Program to recognize individual contributions to the travel and tourism industry.

Induction to the U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders is the single highest and most revered honor an individual in the travel and tourism industry can receive.

View the 2019 Inductees.

The award is presented by the U.S. Travel Association. Inductees into the Hall of Leaders are "individuals who have made sustained, noteworthy contributions that have had a positive impact on the broad travel and tourism industry." The exemplary vision and leadership demonstrated by these individuals have strengthened and unified the industry well beyond their own organizations, industry segments or communities.

If you have questions, please email Angie Briggs, Vice President, Industry Relations.

Past Honorees

   

2019

Bob Moore Hilton

2019

Nancy Novogrod Travel + Leisure

2018

Todd Davidson Travel Oregon

2018

Spurgeon Richardson Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau

2017

Arne Sorenson Marriott International

2017

Randy Smith STR

2016

Caroline Beteta Visit California

2016

Christopher J. Nassetta Hilton Worldwide

2015

Michael A. Leven Georgia Aquarium

2015

W. Stephen Maritz Maritz Holdings Inc.

2014

Sam Gilliland Sabre Corporation

2014

Rossi Rallenkotter Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

2013

Mike Gallagher CityPASS

2013

Randy Garfield The Walt Disney Company

2012

Gary Sain Visit Orlando

2012

Peter Greenberg CBS News

2011

The Honorable Harry Reid U.S. Congress

2011

Donald S. Freeman Freeman Companies

2010

Isadore Sharp Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

2009

Adam Goldstein Royal Caribbean International

2009

Stevan Porter InterContinental Hotel Group

2009

Andrew Taylor Enterprise Rent-A-Car

2008

Jay Rasulo Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

2007

Stephen P. Holmes Wyndham Worldwide

2006

Jonathan S. Linen American Express

2005

William S. Norman  Travel Industry Association of America

2005

Alan Fredericks Travel Weekly

2004

Richard D. Fain Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.

2003

Marilyn Carlson Nelson Carlson Companies Inc.

2002

Jonathan M. Tisch Loews Hotels

2001

Walt Disney Walt Disney Co.

2000

Joseph Vittoria The Travel Company

1999

Michael Egan Certified Vacations Group, Inc

1999

Edward Hogan Pleasant Holidays LLC

1998

Curtis Carlson Carlson Companies, Inc.

1997

Marjorie Beenders Missouri Division of Tourism

1997

Thomas Kershaw Hampshire House Corporation

1997

Patrick McMahon Virginia Tourism Corporation

1996

The Honorable Ronald Brown U.S. Department of Commerce

1996

Kenneth Hine, CAE American Hotel & Motel Association

1996

George Kirkland Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau

1995

Jim Host National Tour Association, Inc.

1994

Roger Ballou American Express Travel Related Services Co., Inc.

1994

Darryl Hartley-Leonard Hyatt Hotels Corporation

1994

David Humphreys Recreation Vehicle Industry Association

1993

Ted Balestreri The Cannery Row Company

1993

Earlene Causey VIP Travel Agency of Baytown

1993

The Honorable John Rockefeller IV U.S. Congress

1992

Stanley Fisher Allied Tours

1992

Charles Goeldner University of Colorado, College of Business

1992

Robert Harnsberger Luray Caverns

1991

Preston Robert Tisch Loews Corporation

1991

Charles West Alaska Sightseeing Tours TravAlaska

1991

Kemmons Wilson Holiday Inns, Inc.

1990

Robert Dickinson Carnival Cruise Lines

1990

The Honorable Ernest Hollings U.S. Congress

1990

Dr. John Hunt University of Massachusetts--Amherst

1990

Norman Philion Air Transport Association

1989

Bob LeBlanc Louisiana Office of Tourism

1989

Jack Lindquist Walt Disney Productions

1989

William Toohey Travel Industry Association of America

1988

Chuck Gee University of Hawaii

1988

Voit Gilmore Four Seasons Travel Service

1988

Arthur Tauck, Jr. Tauck Tours

1987

Eric Friedheim Travel Agent Magazine

1987

Robert Giersdorf Exploration Cruise Lines

1986

Edward Book Hershey Entertainment and Resort Company

1986

William Edwards Hilton Hotels Corporation

1986

J. W. Marriott, Jr. Marriott Hotels and Resorts

1985

Paul Ignatius Air Transport Association

1985

Howard "Bud" James American Hotel & Motel Association

1985

Irwin Robinson Travel Weekly

1984

The Honorable Donna Tuttle USTTA

1984

Peter Ueberroth Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee

1983

Howard Clark American Express Company

1983

Mary Huddleston Trailways, Inc.

1982

Jeanne James Arizona Hotel & Motel Association

1982

James Michener Author

1981

Bunny Grossinger Grossinger Hotel

1981

The Honorable James Santini U.S. Congress

1980

Melinda Bush Hotel & Travel Index

1980

James Montgomery Pan American World Airways

1979

Elana Andersen Hyatt Hotels Corporation

1979

Robert Sullivan San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau

1978

Marjorie McDonald Georgia Hospitality & Travel Association

1978

Paul Rodgers Ozark Airlines, Inc.

1977

Betty Blake Betty Blake & Company

1977

James Kerrigan Trailways, Inc

1976

Katharine Kane City of Boston

1976

William Walton Holiday Inns, Inc.

1975

Florence Somers Redbook

1975

C. Langhorne Washburn United States Travel Service

1974

The Honorable Daniel Inouye U.S. Congress

1974

Frances Koltun Frances Koltun Enterprises

1973

Bill Hardman Hardman Productions

1972

Charles Gillett New York Convention and Visitors Bureau

1971

William Patterson American Express Company

1970

Laurance Rockefeller Rockresorts, Inc.

1969

Clarence Arata Metropolitan Washington Board of Trade

1969

Robert Murphy, Jr. Washington State Travel Council