Susan Sandberg

Some of Sandberg’s responsibilities include budget management, registration and appointment scheduling, and is the liaison with the Host City/State. Prior to joining the U.S. Travel family, she worked for the American Wholesale Marketers Association in Washington, DC for nearly 15 years as the Registration and Exhibit Sales Manager.Outside the meeting…

Greg Staley

Prior to joining U.S. Travel in this capacity, Staley led marketing and communications at Destination DC, the official convention and tourism corporation for Washington, D.C. During his tenure at Destination DC, Staley developed communications, advertising and digital marketing programs that promoted the nation’s capital as a premier destination for…

Sarah Shields

Shields oversees day-to-day tactical execution, which includes digital communications and U.S. Travel event support. She also manages the programming of National Travel and Tourism Week, America’s annual salute to the travel industry.Prior to the director role, Shields served as U.S. Travel’s manager of industry communications, leading video production…

Laura Holmberg

Additionally, Holmberg is responsible for the strategic and daily management of key association programs, including Daily Getaways, an annual industry program that funds critical advocacy initiatives for the industry, in-house production of IPW Daily, the trade show publication for U.S. Travel’s signature event, IPW, and annual industry celebrations…

Jamie Faulkner Mageau

Prior to joining U.S. Travel in April 2012, Faulkner Mageau was a program analyst at the U.S. Census Bureau, where she developed an outreach campaign targeting five million U.S. businesses to increase awareness and communicate the importance of the Economic Census.Faulkner Mageau also has experience as an account manager and analyst for private sector…

Malcolm Smith

Smith joined the U.S. Travel Association in July 2009, bringing with him more than 15 years of travel industry experience, including leadership positions in destination marketing, hospitality sales, and international sales and marketing.Before joining U.S. Travel, Smith spent four years with Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants in the position of area director…

Chris Kennedy

After covering state and federal politics for the local paper while attending Washington College in Chestertown, Md., Kennedy quickly determined that he lacked the requisite objectivity for journalism and joined the nearest Republican congressional campaign.Since moving to D.C. a short time later, Kennedy’s career has included stints on Capitol Hill…

Cathy Reynolds

She has been with U.S. Travel for more than two decades, holding positions in their market research, communications and tourism awareness departments.Reynolds has extensive media experience and has appeared live on CBS This Morning and ABC’s World News Tonight, as well as many local network and national cable news programs. Born and raised in the…

Contina Djaouga

In addition to assisting in the coordination and management of the Association’s annual audit and budget, she oversees the payroll and benefits accounting. She also provides advice to department managers to ensure compliance with the Association’s financial and administrative policies to maintain fiduciary responsibility.  She supervises…

A tourist was left clinging on…

‘He’s like an upside down iceberg’: historian Jon on… Guardian US – David Smith in Washington • 8hHe has been described as Joe Biden’s “historical muse”, an occasional informal adviser to the US president and contributor to some of his major speeches including the inaugural address. In March, Jon put…

Hindustan Times World’s most…

Why the world’s most vaccinated country is seeing unprecedented… The Washington Post – By Adam Taylor • 1dAs the Seychelles began to offer free coronavirus vaccinations early this year, President Wavel Ramkalawan told reporters that the country was planning to reach herd immunity within weeks. It was an ambitious…

How To Stay Safe When You Travel After The Pandemic

This is a BETA experience. You may opt-out by clicking hereI’m a consumer advocate. I write about customer service.Christopher Elliott is the founder of Elliott Advocacy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers consumers to solve their problems and helps those who can’t. He’sChristopher Elliott is the founder of Elliott Advocacy,…

Get talking: U.S.-Japan brewers’ ‘Sake Dialogue’ forges taste for collaboration

Washington – A “Sake Dialogue” featuring long-established Japanese breweries and those emerging in the United States recently brought about discussions on cross-border information-sharing, cooperation and innovation to spread the word of Japan’s most famous alcoholic export.The nearly 90-minute talk, whose participants included three sake brewers…

Following a trail of frescoes in the mountains of North Carolina

In the 1970s, Statesville native and artist Ben Long painted frescoes in two small Episcopal churches in Ashe County: St. Mary’s in West Jefferson, pictured, and Holy Trinity in Glendale Springs.The last thing I expected to find at the Haywood Street mission in Asheville, N.C., when my husband, David, and I visited last year was a Renaissance-style…

Still on track at 50: Amtrak celebrates a half-century of operation

Amtrak’s Empire Builder crosses the Two Medicine River near East Glacier Park, Mont. The mountains of Glacier National Park loom in the distance.There are faster ways for me to get to Portland, Ore., or Seattle from my home in Montana’s Flathead Valley, not far from Glacier National Park. Alaska Airlines offers multiple flights a day to either…

If your childhood included plenty…

Blood is in the water with Cheney’s likely ouster…. Business Insider – Tom LoBianco • 3hLost in the Liz Cheney leadership brawl that’s consumed House Republicans this week is an even bigger battle that politicos from Washington to Mar-a-Lago are already gaming out: What happens to Kevin The…

Despite Bill Gates Prediction Of A 50% Drop In Business Travel, Road Warriors Are Returning

UNSPECIFIED – JUNE 24: In this screengrab, Bill Gates speaks during All In WA: A Concert For … [+] COVID-19 Relief on June 24, 2020 in Washington. In November 2020, Gates predicted that business travel would drop more than50% after the pandemic.(Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images for All In WA) Getty Images for All In WABill Gates predicted last…

Higher prices and hard-to-find reservations: What to know about outdoor adventures this summer

In Glacier National Park, visitors can purchase a seven-day pass for $35, and if they wish to drive the uber-popular “Going to the Sun Road,” pictured, it will require an additional reservation for a nominal $2 fee. Seeking an outdoor-oriented vacation this summer that allowed for social distancing, Irene Goodman and a friend started making plans…

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