Roger Dow will retire as CEO of the U.S. Travel Association in July 2022, extending his tenure from a previously announced departure date. The executive has held the position since January 2005 and, according to an announcement, has led the association and the broader industry through periods of remarkable growth  — marked by 10 consecutive years of expansion from 2009 to 2019. He has also helped it successfully navigate tremendous challenges — most recently, bringing the travel industry together during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dow is credited, according to the announcement, with leading the legislation that created Brand USA, the nation’s destination marketing organization, and developing policies and programs that enabled domestic and international inbound travel to thrive by ensuring an understanding of travel and tourism as a linchpin of the American economy. Dow said he is deeply committed to working with the board and U.S. Travel’s team “to continue leading our recovery and ensure that U.S. Travel is on a firm trajectory for its next CEO.”