Roger Dow is president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, the Washington, D.C.-based organization representing all segments of travel in America—an industry that generates $2.1 trillion in economic output and supports 15 million jobs. U.S. Travel’s mission is to increase travel to and within the United States.
U.S. Travel champions a pro-competition, pro-growth, pro-traveler agenda and advocates for policies that reduce barriers to travel and improve America’s travel infrastructure. In addition, the association provides essential research, such as the monthly Travel Trends Index, and engages, connects and informs the travel industry at events year-round.
On several occasions, Dow has met with President Obama, administration officials and congressional leaders to discuss important travel issues, and his efforts have resulted in major legislative victories for travelers. In particular, he was instrumental in establishing Brand USA, the highly effective national promotion program, which was reauthorized through 2020 by Congress.
In 2014, Dow launched Project: Time Off, a multifaceted, research-driven initiative aimed at shifting American culture so time off is understood as essential to personal well-being, professional success, business performance, and economic expansion. This new venture builds on other successes during Dow’s tenure, including the growth of U.S. Travel’s annual IPW international marketplace and the Meetings Mean Business Coalition, which provides resources to promote and defend the value of face-to-face business meetings and travel on our economy.
Under Dow’s leadership, U.S. Travel was recognized as one of Washington’s top places to work by both the Washington Post and Washingtonian magazine in 2015.