Industry Update
Appointment25 February 2019

Elliott L. Ferguson II

Appointed Destination DC President and CEO
At U.S. Travel Association (USTA) in Washington - DC, USA

Elliott L. Ferguson II

The U.S. Travel Association on Thursday announced the election of Elliott L. Ferguson II, president and CEO of Destination DC, as its new national chair. Ferguson, who served on the board for seven years, succeeds Wyndham Hotels and Resorts' president and CEO Geoff Ballotti.

As national chair of U.S. Travel, Ferguson will guide the board and association's efforts to:

  • Make clear travel's vital benefits to our economy and our people;
  • Champion policies and pursue partnerships to expand domestic travel; and
  • Advance policy reforms that drive growth in international travel to the United States

Ferguson has led Destination DC's promotion of the District of Columbia beyond its storied monuments and museums, elevating awareness of the city's world-class dining, entertainment, history, arts and culture, and diverse neighborhoods. Under Ferguson's leadership, total visitor spending in D.C. has reached $7.5 billion, supporting more than 75,000 local jobs.

On Thursday, the U.S. Travel membership 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 W. Lopano, chief executive officer of Tampa International Airport; and secretary Casandra Matej, president and CEO of Visit San Antonio.

U.S. Travel Association (USTA)

The U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $2.1 trillion in economic output and supports 15 million jobs. U.
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