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.

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.

Nominations for 2018 will open in the spring. 

If you have questions, please email Greg Staley, SVP, Communications. 

Past Honorees

 

2017

Arne Sorenson

Marriott International

Randy Smith

STR


2016

Caroline Beteta

Visit California

Christopher J. Nassetta

Hilton Worldwide

2015

Michael A. Leven

Georgia Aquarium

W. Stephen Maritz

Maritz Holdings Inc.

 

2014

Sam Gilliland

Sabre Corporation

Rossi Rallenkotter

Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority


2013

Mike Gallagher

CityPASS

Randy Garfield

The Walt Disney Company


2012

Gary Sain

Visit Orlando

Peter Greenberg

CBS News


2011

The Honorable Harry Reid

U.S. Congress

Donald S. Freeman

Freeman Companies


2010

Isadore Sharp

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts


2009

Adam Goldstein

Royal Caribbean International

Stevan Porter

InterContinental Hotel Group

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

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

Edward Hogan

Pleasant Holidays LLC


1998

Curtis Carlson

Carlson Companies, Inc.


1997

Marjorie Beenders

Missouri Division of Tourism

Thomas Kershaw

Hampshire House Corporation

Patrick McMahon

Virginia Tourism Corporation


1996

The Honorable Ronald Brown

U.S. Department of Commerce

Kenneth Hine, CAE

American Hotel & Motel Association

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.

Darryl Hartley-Leonard

Hyatt Hotels Corporation

David Humphreys

Recreation Vehicle Industry Association


1993

Ted Balestreri

The Cannery Row Company

Earlene Causey

VIP Travel Agency of Baytown

The Honorable John Rockefeller IV

U.S. Congress


1992

Stanley Fisher

Allied Tours

Charles Goeldner

University of Colorado, College of Business

Robert Harnsberger

Luray Caverns


1991

Preston Robert Tisch

Loews Corporation

Charles West

Alaska Sightseeing Tours TravAlaska

Kemmons Wilson

Holiday Inns, Inc.


1990

Robert Dickinson

Carnival Cruise Lines

The Honorable Ernest Hollings

U.S. Congress

Dr. John Hunt

University of Massachusetts--Amherst

Norman Philion

Air Transport Association


1989

Bob LeBlanc

Louisiana Office of Tourism

Jack Lindquist

Walt Disney Productions

William Toohey

Travel Industry Association of America


1988

Chuck Gee

University of Hawaii

Voit Gilmore

Four Seasons Travel Service

Arthur Tauck, Jr.

Tauck Tours


1987

Eric Friedheim

Travel Agent Magazine

Robert Giersdorf

Exploration Cruise Lines


1986

Edward Book

Hershey Entertainment and Resort Company

William Edwards

Hilton Hotels Corporation

J. W. Marriott, Jr.

Marriott Hotels and Resorts


1985

Paul Ignatius

Air Transport Association

Howard "Bud" James

American Hotel & Motel Association

Irwin Robinson

Travel Weekly


1984

The Honorable Donna Tuttle

USTTA

Peter Ueberroth

Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee


1983

Howard Clark

American Express Company

Mary Huddleston

Trailways, Inc.


1982

Jeanne James

Arizona Hotel & Motel Association

James Michener

Author


1981

Bunny Grossinger

Grossinger Hotel

The Honorable James Santini

U.S. Congress


1980

Melinda Bush

Hotel & Travel Index

James Montgomery

Pan American World Airways


1979

Elana Andersen

Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Robert Sullivan

San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau


1978

Marjorie McDonald

Georgia Hospitality & Travel Association

Paul Rodgers

Ozark Airlines, Inc.


1977

Betty Blake

Betty Blake & Company

James Kerrigan

Trailways, Inc


1976

Katharine Kane

City of Boston

William Walton

Holiday Inns, Inc.


1975

Florence Somers

Redbook

C. Langhorne Washburn

United States Travel Service


1974

The Honorable Daniel Inouye

U.S. Congress

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

Robert Murphy, Jr.

Washington State Travel Council