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Monday, February 06, 2023
US Travel Association (USTA)

US Travel Association (USTA) National Chair Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, recently announced nine industry leaders, drawn from the association’s board of directors, to serve on a committee to identify the incoming president and chief executive officer to lead the association following the July 2022 retirement of Roger Dow.

USTA USTA National Chair Christine Duffy

According to Duffy, the committee is representative of core segments of the travel industry, including two from destination marketing organizations, the largest segment of association membership. Those serving on the committee include:

  • Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line and chair of the Search Committee (cruise lines)
  • Julie Coker, president and CEO of San Diego Tourism Authority (destination marketing organizations)
  • Debbie Johnson, executive director of Arizona Office of Tourism (state tourism offices)
  • Elie Maalouf, CEO, Americas of IHG Hotels & Resorts (hotels)
  • Monya Mandich, global vice president of Marketing of Expedia Group (representing segments including technology and travel vendors)
  • Tim Mapes, senior vice president and chief marketing and communications officer of Delta Air Lines (airlines)
  • Michael Massari, chief sales officer of Caesars Entertainment (gaming)
  • DT Minich, president and CEO of Experience Kissimmee (destination marketing organizations)
  • Jonathan Tisch, chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels & Co. and treasurer of New York Giants (sports and attractions)

“Determining the next top leader of the US Travel Association is the single most critical function the board will undertake next year, especially as we rebuild this industry with our eyes on the future growth and evolution of travel,” said Duffy. “I appreciate the time each of my colleagues has agreed to dedicate to this important process to appoint a leader who will advance the vision, values and goals of the association and the broader travel industry.”

The committee will convene in 2022 to select an executive search firm to assist them in the process.

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