November 7, 2019

NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality to Host 17th Annual Grossinger-Bergman Distinguished Lecturer Series in Travel and Tourism, Featuring Roger Dow, President and CEO of the US Travel Association

Dow Will Discuss the US Travel Industry, its Challenges and Opportunities During the November 12th Event

NEW YORK, November 7, 2019 The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality will present the 17th Annual Grossinger-Bergman Distinguished Lecturer Series in Travel and Tourism, featuring guest speaker Roger Dow, president and CEO of the US Travel Association (USTA), on Tuesday, November 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life, Rosenthal Pavilion,
10th Floor, 60 Washington Square South.

While people around the globe are traveling more than ever, the US share of inbound tourism has declined. In this enlightening lecture titled “The US Travel Industry: Challenges, Opportunities, and Your Role in It,” Dow will discuss the travel industry landscape, as well as the opportunities that hospitality professionals can leverage in this continually evolving sector. He also will reflect upon his own career path and will explore how aspiring travel and tourism professionals can make their mark in an industry that affords professional opportunities at all levels.

The US Travel Association is the national, nonprofit organization representing all components of the travel industry, which generates $2.5 trillion in economic output and supports 15.7 million American jobs. As the united voice of the industry, the USTA prioritizes high-impact issues that affect the sector, and advocates for policies that will advance and elevate travel on the national level. Recently, the USTA argued that policy changes such as the long-term reauthorization of the Brand USA destination marketing organization, expanding the Visa Waiver Program to include more qualified countries, and improving customs wait times, could help to reverse the decline in inbound tourism to the United States.

Roger Dow is the president and CEO of the US Travel Association, a Washington, DC-based organization, which advocates for policies that allow travel to thrive. Dow regularly meets with executive branch and congressional leaders to discuss industry priori­ties, and his efforts have resulted in major legislative victories. He was instrumental in establishing Brand USA, the highly effective national travel and tourism promotion program. Beyond US Travel’s role as chief travel industry ad­vocate in Washington, the Association under Dow’s leadership provides essential research, including analysis of travel’s significant economic impact and products such as the monthly Travel Trends Index.

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About the Grossinger-Bergman Distinguished Lecturer Series in Travel and Tourism
Established in 2003, the NYUSPS Tisch Center of Hospitality’s annual Grossinger-Bergman Distinguished Lecturer Series provides a forum for the discussion of significant issues and developments within the business of tourism. The speakers and panelists selected to participate epitomize the highest level of accomplishment for leadership in the hospitality and tourism industry. Among the luminaries who have headlined this event in years past are: Kurt Ekert, president and CEO, CWT; Frank Del Rio, President and CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings; Jonathan M. Tisch, Chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels & Co. and Co-Chairman of the Board of Loews Corporation; and Kelly Curtin, Executive Vice President, Membership & Destination Services, NYC & Company, among others.

About the NYUSPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality
The NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality, now celebrating 24 years of academic excellence, is a leading center for the study of hospitality, travel, and tourism. Founded in 1995, the Tisch Center was established in response to the growing need for hospitality and tourism undergraduate and graduate education. Its cutting-edge curricula attract bright, motivated students who seek to become leaders in their fields.

Through its undergraduate degree in hotel and tourism management, its graduate degrees in hospitality industry studies, tourism management, and event management; a plethora of Professional Pathways programs; and its world-renowned hospitality investment conference, students gain the knowledge and the skill sets that enable them to manage change, to communicate, to thrive in complex work environments, and to advance the businesses of hospitality, travel, and tourism. For more information about the NYUSPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality, visit

About the NYU School of Professional Studies
For 85 years, the NYU School of Professional Studies has been a deeply respected institution of higher education that is grounded in applied learning. From its early years, training returning World War II veterans to fulfill the nation’s urgent need for skilled technical workers, it has evolved into a professional education powerhouse that offers 20 graduate degrees, 14 bachelor’s degrees for traditional and post-traditional students, four associate’s degrees, and a plethora of non-degree courses and credentials.

NYUSPS is a thought leader, and serves as an incubator for new ideas in industries that are constantly changing, including real estate, real estate development, and construction management; hospitality, tourism, travel, and event management; global affairs and global security, conflict, and cybercrime; global sport and sports business; publishing; marketing; public relations; project management; executive coaching and organizational consulting, human resource management and development, and human capital analytics and technology; management and systems; translation; and professional writing. It is focused on building skills that open doors to opportunities in emerging fields and global markets. NYUSPS faculty members are leading experts in their areas of discipline, with a hands-on approach that encourages students to push beyond their limits and to break new ground.

Home to some of the largest and most prestigious industry conferences in the world, including the Schack Institute of Real Estate’s Capital Markets Conference, REIT Symposium, and National Symposium of Women in Real Estate; and the Jonathan M. Tisch Center’s International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, the School’s invaluable connections to industry leaders are a truly distinguishing factor in the education that it provides. Through career development services and resources provided by the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development at NYUSPS, guest lecturers, site visits, participation in numerous conferences and events, and Global Field Intensives, students benefit from an NYU education that will set them apart. In addition, they have the opportunity to learn from and network with more than 27,000 NYUSPS alumni who live, work, and contribute to innovation in industry around the world. To learn more, visit

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