The American Travel Industry After 9/11

The American Travel Industry After 9/11

Roger Dow

4.9.2007

Roger Dow

Roger Dow is president and CEO of TIA, a national organization that represents all segments of the $600 billion U.S. travel and tourism industry. Prior to joining TIA, Dow spent 34 years in the hotel business with Marriott International. Most recently he was Senior Vice President, Global and Field Sales for Marriott International, leading Marriott's 10,000-person worldwide sales organization.

Roger Dow, president and CEO of the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA), discusses the affects of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the American travel and tourism industry in a public address at the Clinton School. Dow calls for a greater awareness of the impact of the travel and tourism industry on the American economy. He warns of a declining view of America abroad in the wake of the Iraq War and the War on Terror, saying that foreigners are less inclined to travel to America today because of that view and increased challenges in obtaining international visas to visit America. While Dow says increased security in America is necessary, he argues that tourism and security are not mutually exclusive.