by Loren G. Edelstein | July 28, 2016

Longtime travel industry leaders Caroline Beteta (left) and Christopher J. Nassetta (right) are the 2016 inductees into the U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders, the U.S. Travel Association announced today. This is the single highest honor the association bestows on members of the travel community. Hall of Leaders inductees are honored for sustained, noteworthy contributions that have positively impacted the travel industry, stimulated greater achievement and raised industrywide standards.

The selection of Beteta, president and CEO of Visit California and a past national chair of U.S. Travel, and Nassetta, president and CEO of Hilton Worldwide and chairman of U.S. Travel's CEO Roundtable, was announced at U.S. Travel's summer board meeting today. Both will be officially inducted during a dinner commemorating U.S. Travel's 75th anniversary, to be attended by more than 100 travel industry leaders on Nov. 16 in Washington, D.C.

"Caroline and Chris have not only demonstrated exceptional leadership at the helm of two premier travel brands -- they've also used their authority to serve as passionate advocates for the travel industry," said U.S. Travel president and CEO Roger Dow. " hen Brand USA was first launched, Caroline stepped into multiple leadership roles within the nascent organizatio and worked tirelessly to prove that a public-private partnership to promote America to the world could succeed. Chris, meanwhile, has successfully transformed Hilton into one of the world's largest and fastest-growing hospitality companies, while also doing incredible work to promote travel and tourism as a whole. During his tenure as CEO Roundtable chairman, he has driven the industry's advocacy agenda through active engagement with policymakers on key issues."

Dow added: "The time and effort both Caroline and Chris have dedicated to advancing our community's goals has paid off multifold, and I heartily thank them for all they have done to show our nation's leaders that travel is serious business. This recognition is well-deserved, and as a longtime colleague and personal friend to both, I look forward to honoring them this November."

Beteta and Nassetta will join 92 previously inducted industry luminaries in the Hall of Leaders, which was established in 1969.