The U.S. Travel Association installed Destination DC president
and CEO Elliot Ferguson as its new national chair, succeeding Wyndham Hotels
and Resorts CEO Geoff Ballotti.
Ferguson has served on the U.S. Travel board for seven
years. He was appointed CEO of Destination DC in 2009.
"Travel is a powerful engine for economic and jobs
growth, but it also connects people across backgrounds and cultures,"
Ferguson said in a statement. "I'm eager to work with the board to
advocate for policies that will support U.S. Travel's mission and position, and
I'm honored to have the opportunity to connect further with this industry and
to tell travel's story to elected officials in my home base of Washington, D.C."
U.S. Travel also installed its other officer positions:
first vice chair Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line; second
vice chair Michael Dominguez, senior vice president and chief sales officer of
MGM Resorts International; treasurer Joseph Lopano, CEO of Tampa International
Airport; and secretary Casandra Matej, CEO of Visit San Antonio.