People travel for a variety of reasons. Emotional fulfillment and enrichment are key travel motivators, as is discovering a ‘sense of place’ within a city or destination. But whether they want to see the sights, live like locals, ride every ride, or shop ‘til they drop, what people really want is to experience the United States.

The U.S. Travel Experience Network represents more than 900 U.S. Travel members in organizations as diverse as national parks, iconic landmarks, shopping centers, entertainment venues, world-class attractions and sightseeing tours. Our purpose is to enhance the effectiveness of the individuals and organizations who participate, by providing them with tools, connections and support.

The Experience Network serves members by engaging and galvanizing all types of attraction and experience organizations, serving as champions who support and assist U.S. Travel in its efforts to educate, and advocating and connecting its members and the industry at large.

U.S. Travel Association Attractions Membership

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Experience Network Board of Advisors' Outing to the Grand Canyon
Experience Network Board of Advisors' Outing to the Grand Canyon...

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Experience Network IPW Client Appreciation Event
Experience Network IPW Client Appreciation Event

As a member of U.S Travel The Experience Network provides the following programs and services for its members:

Educate and Network by:

  • Gaining access to authoritative industry research to stay informed of the latest travel trends and forecasts affecting businesses.
  • Attending informative, one of a kind educational sessions put on for and by the Experience Network.
     

Connect by:

  • Interacting with peers, meeting new colleagues and building valuable and productive relationships at Experience Network meet-and-greets and U.S. Travel events.
  • Staying current on industry news through the U.S. Travel Experience Network LinkedIn group and ongoing e-newsletters.
     

Advocate by:

  • Leveraging the collective strength of the experience industries.
  • Creating synergy with Brand USA, liaising with industry partners and protecting the travel business environment.
  • Ensuring the travel industry is recognized as a vital economic driver with local, state and federal officials, and continuing to work toward being a more eco-friendly industry.

 

Chair
Kristen Esposito
Vice President of Tourism and Marketing Alliances, Simon Shopping Destinations

Vice Chair
Robert Graff
Vice President of Marketing, The Papillon Group

Immediate Past Chair
Jill Renslow
Senior Vice President, Business Development and Marketing, Mall of America

Members
Margot A. Amelia
Senior Vice President/Chief Marketing Officer, National Aquarium
Debra Borgwardt
Associate Vice President, Sales & Partnerships, Boston Attractions
John Curran
Vice President and General Manager, Big Bus Tours Chicago
Dan Dipiazzo
Vice President of Marketing, Discovery Cove
Ronald Drake
Managing Director of Sales, Attractions, Caesars Entertainment
Diana Elmore
Senior Regional Sales Manager, West, Merlin Entertainments
June Fallo
Director of Sales and Marketing, Edgar Degas House Museum, Courtyard and Inn
Brian Gallagher
Director, Program Management and Business Development
Liz Gilbert
Director of Sales, National Accounts and Travel Industry, Entertainment Cruises
Maria Gutierrez-Winder
Director of Sales, SeaWorld San Diego
Tara Hippensteel
Director of Tour and Travel, North America, Hard Rock International
Rick Hoeninghausen
Director, Marketing and Sales, Xanterra Parks and Resorts, Yellowstone National Park Lodges
Bob Hofmann
Vice President, Broadway Inbound, Inc.
Jay Judal
Director of Outside Sales, San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Rod LaBranche
Director of Sales, Historic Tours of America
Carolann Ouellette
Executive Director, Maine Huts and Trails
Kathy Paver
Senior Vice President of Marketing, PIER 39
Christina Schwartzman
Director of Marketing, Sawgrass Recreation Park
Nichole Williamson
General Manager, 360 CHICAGO