Left to right: Todd Davidson, CEO of Travel Oregon and national chair of the U.S. Travel Association; Caroline Beteta, president and CEO of Visit California; Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association; and Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO of Hilton Worldwide
Two industry veterans were inducted into the U.S. Travel Association's Hall of Leaders Wednesday night at a dinner in Washington, D.C., marking the organization's 75th anniversary. The honors were bestowed on Caroline Beteta, president and CEO of Visit California, and Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO of Hilton Worldwide, both of whom join 92 other industry greats in the Hall of Leaders, which was established in 1969.
Beteta also is director of tourism in the California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development. When she was national chair of U.S. Travel in 2009, she guided the merger of the Travel Industry Association and the Travel Business Roundtable. Nassetta, who joined Hilton as president and CEO in 2007, also serves on the executive committee for the World Travel & Tourism Council, which promotes the value of the travel industry worldwide. He previously was chairman of U.S. Travel's CEO Roundtable, focusing on engaging policymakers in efforts to recognize the importance of the travel industry.
Ten past U.S. Travel presidents and national chairs were among those in attendance at the dinner.