International Hospitality Institute Honors Roger Dow


In July, the International Hospitality Institute (IHI) announced the 100 Most Powerful People in Global Hospitality. The list features the 100 Most Powerful People in USA Hospitality and recognizes these changemakers and influencers for their work in promoting the USA hospitality industry.

Roger Dow, President and CEO of U.S. Travel Association, was among the leaders recognized in IHI’s list. During one of the most difficult times for the industry, Roger played a crucial role in uniting and leading the travel community.

“I am humbled to be considered alongside some of the industry’s most influential leaders,” Dow wrote in a post on LinkedIn. “Many of whom I have worked closely with to ensure our industry returns to a state of growth following the COVID-19 pandemic. I look forward to continuing to work together to bring travel to new heights.”

Since joining the U.S. Travel Association in 2005, Dow’s efforts have resulted in major legislative victories, including establishing Brand USA, an effective national tourism and travel program, securing funds to maintain U.S. national parks, and obtaining pandemic-related relief for the travel industry.

Not only during the pandemic, but throughout Dow’s 17 years at the travel association he has united industry leaders and travel businesses of all sizes to engage elected officials in ways that have helped move forward critical issues facing the hospitality industry. Due to Dow’s contributions, U.S Travel Association is now heading towards a full recovery after the most difficult years in the industry.

Prior to joining U.S. Travel Association, during his 34-year career with Marriott International, he developed the Marriott Rewards, the world’s most frequent traveler program. Dow also served in the United States Army with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam, where he received the Bronze Star and other citations.


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