The US Travel Association (USTA) has elected Hilton President & CEO Chris Nassetta as the association’s national chair, according to an announcement on its website, and may serve up to two consecutive one-year terms. He succeeds former Chair Christine Duffy of Carnival Cruise Lines, whose term recently expired.
In his new role, Nassetta will work with the association’s executive team as well as its executive board as advocates for the US-based travel industry. The association reportedly represents more than 1,000 industry organizations in the travel and hospitality space.
“The US Travel Association has long been an incredible advocate for the travel industry and its significant contributions to our national and global economies,” Nassetta said in the press release. “I’m honored to represent our industry in this capacity and collaborate across sectors to advance the many opportunities ahead of us to create seamless, secure, and efficient end-to-end travel experiences.”
The association has been tirelessly pursuing the interests of North American travel partners and destinations on the national and grassroots levels, an initiative that became critical during the recent pandemic and subsequent travel restrictions. Leisure and hospitality has come roaring back—but still sits below its 2019 employment high.
“Chris leads one of the most respected global hospitality companies with a tremendous presence across the United States, and we deeply appreciate the perspective he will bring to our collective work on behalf of the travel industry,” said USTA President & CEO Geoff Freeman. “We look forward to working with Chris as our national chair and also extend sincere thanks to our outgoing chair Christine Duffy for her outstanding contributions and leadership.”
Visit ustravel.org for more information.