Keynote

 All Work & No Play: How It’s Hampering Our Economy

As a nation, we’ve created a stockpile of 658 million unused days—forfeiting 222 million days in 2015 alone. Our country is at a critical crossroad: Either change our behavior or continue down an unsustainable path accumulating unused days leading to unintended consequences.

In 2014, Dow launched Project: Time Off, a multifaceted, research-driven initiative aimed at shifting American culture so time off is understood as essential to personal well-being, professional success, business performance and economic expansion. This venture builds upon Dow’s success in promoting and defending the value of face-to-face business meetings and travel for our economy.

In his keynote presentation, Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, will shed light on:

  • Disruptive habits and behaviors that have lead us to become a no vacation nation;
  • Benefits of time off to individuals, families, businesses and the U.S.; and
  • Opportunities to reverse this unsettling trend.

“I am honored to keynote this year’s Holiday Showcase, a phenomenal gathering of leaders who recognize the true value of face-to-face meetings for our lives, our businesses and our economy,” said Dow. “Association Forum provides unparalleled opportunities for our sector to unify and exchange ideas, and I very much look forward to playing a role in this dynamic event.”

Roger Dow is president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, the Washington, D.C.-based national umbrella organization representing all segments of travel in America—an industry responsible for the generation of $2.1 trillion in annual economic output. On several occasions, Dow has met with President Obama, administration officials and congressional leaders to discuss important travel issues, and his efforts have resulted in major legislative victories for travelers. Dow and U.S. Travel are both leaders of the Meetings Mean Business Coalition, which provides resources to promote and defend the value of face-to-face business meetings and travel for our economy. Prior to joining U.S. Travel, Dow advanced through the ranks at Marriott International in a tenure spanning 34 years, where he rose to senior vice president of global and field sales. 


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Roger Dow, President and CEO, U.S. Travel Association