by Sarah J.F. Braley | July 24, 2014
Long-time travel-industry advocates Sam Gilliland, chairman emeritus for Sabre Corp., and Rossi Ralenkotter, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, are the 2014 inductees into the U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders. "Sam and Rossi have consistently stepped up beyond their leadership for their organizations to engage at the national, state and local levels on behalf of the industry's interests," said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. "They have volunteered their time regularly to engage with policymakers and other industry leaders to ensure travel is recognized as vital to our economy and well-being." In recent years, Gilliland has been advocating the improvement of the visa and entry processes, building support for Brand USA, promoting risk-based security and fighting human trafficking. He currently is chairman of the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. Ralenkotter, who has been with the LVCVA for more than 40 years, was a member of the original White House Conference on Tourism in 1995, has served as chairman of the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, and is a former chairman of the U.S. Travel Association. Both will be honored at a dinner held during the U.S. Travel winter board meeting on Nov. 19 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce building in Washington, D.C. Ninety travel-industry professionals have been inducted into the U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders since it was created in 1969; the 2013 honorees were longtime Disney travel executive Randy Garfield and CityPASS co-founder Mike Gallagher.