Roger Dow is president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, the Washington, D.C.-based national umbrella organization representing all segments of travel in America—an industry responsible for generating $2.1 trillion in annual economic output. U.S. Travel’s mission is to increase travel to and within the United States.
U.S. Travel addresses critical travel-related policy issues, including:
Reducing barriers to travel through smarter visa policies;
Welcoming more international travelers to the U.S. by fostering the Visa Waiver Program;
Improving the entry experience at America’s gateway airports;
Implementing approaches to reform America’s air travel security and screening system; and
Investing in the nation’s transportation infrastructure
Dow was instrumental in championing the bipartisan Travel Promotion Act signed into law by President Obama in March 2010. The legislation established Brand USA, the highly effective national promotion program that attracts more international visitors to the U.S. Dow also launched the Project: Time Offnitiative (formerly known as Travel Effect)—the multifaceted, research-driven campaign that helps policymakers and the public better understand the personal, business, social and economic benefits of taking earned time off. Dow and U.S. Travel are also leaders of the Meetings Mean Business Coalition, a which provides resources to promote and defend the value of face-to-face business meetings and travel on our economy.
Prior to joining U.S. Travel in 2005, Dow advanced through the ranks at Marriott International in a tenure spanning 34 years, where he rose to senior vice president of global and field sales.
He serves, or has served, on the board of directors of ASAE, PCMA, ASAE Foundation, MPI Foundation, GWSAE, the Travel Institute and RE/MAX International, as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Committee of 100 and on the advisory boards of Arizona State University’s Center for Services Leadership and the University of Richmond Robins School of Business. Dow served in the United States Army with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam, where he received the Bronze Star and other citations.
Dow earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Seton Hall University and was honored as a Most Distinguished Alumnus in 2012.