Roger Dow to Remain at U.S. Travel Until 2018

President and CEO Roger Dow will remain in his current position until at least 2018, according to the U.S. Travel Association, whose board of directors voted last week to give Dow a four-year extension on his contract.

Dow has been head of U.S. Travel since 2005, serving as the U.S. travel industry's chief advocate and spokesperson. During his tenure, he has more than doubled U.S. Travel's budget, orchestrated the creation of Brand USA, successfully lobbied for reduced visa wait times in key overseas tourism markets and encouraged a massive expansion of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) to include 38 participating countries.

"When I first took this job, I figured it would be five years before I was playing golf in Florida every day. But the truth is, it's much more fun to play in the sandbox that is advancing travel issues alongside my terrific team and our phenomenal board," Dow said in a statement. "This is the best job in the world, and I want to thank the board for allowing me to keep doing it for another four years."

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