U.S. Travel Association Names 2013-2014 National Chair

Jim Abrahamson, CEO of hotel management company Interstate Hotels & Resorts, has been named national chair of the U.S. Travel Association, the group announced last week. Abrahamson, who previously was first vice chair, succeeds Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority President and CEO Rossi Ralenkotter. He will serve in the role through December 2014.

“It is with great excitement that we welcome Jim as our new national chair,” U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow said in a statement. “With the travel industry operating as one of the most vigorous sectors of the U.S. economy and ranking as America’s No. 1 services export, Jim takes the reins at an opportune time to drive greater growth and promote policies that will keep travel operating on all cylinders. Jim’s travel expertise and proven experience engaging a diverse set of stakeholders — from policymakers to consumers — make him an excellent individual to serve as national chair, and we look forward to his leadership.”

During his tenure, Abrahamson said he intends to focus on: driving revenues across the U.S. travel industry; expanding growth in new and existing markets; championing travel’s importance to the U.S. economy; lowering barriers to travel; and encouraging investment in the industry.

“Given travel’s tremendous contributions to the U.S. economy, its newfound appreciation from Administration and Congressional leaders, and growing roster of champions, it truly is a new day in Washington for this industry,” said Abrahamson, whose company manages nearly 360 hotels with more than 69,000 rooms spanning 10 countries. “In this ‘new day,’ U.S. Travel can be even more effective in shaping policies that will make travel safer and more welcoming for everyone, which will in turn help drive increased U.S. growth and job creation. The opportunities are boundless, and I am honored to serve in this leadership capacity at this momentous time.”

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