U.S. travel industry recognizes world’s top travel buyers


The U.S. Travel Association and Brand USA named 57 of the world’s highest-volume tour operators and buyers of U.S. travel as recipients of the annual Chairman’s Circle Honors awards

The awards are typically bestowed at a ceremony—co-hosted by Brand USA—during U.S. Travel’s annual IPW trade show; however, this year’s awards will be delivered by virtual commendation from U.S. Travel President and CEO Roger Dow and Brand USA President and CEO Christopher L. Thompson. IPW 2020, which was scheduled to commence in Las Vegas on May 30, was cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Honorees are recognized for their significant inbound travel contributions to the U.S. from their respective markets. Nominations are based on a combination of factors such as customer volume, revenues and unique marketing campaigns promoting America to travelers around the globe. U.S. Travel’s Chairman’s Circle-level members, including top U.S. travel businesses and destinations, nominated the honorees. “Our honorees’ efforts to bring the world to America have never been more valuable,” said Dow. “When the time is right, these organizations will be critical to bringing back the visitors who will help fuel America’s economic recovery efforts. I am deeply grateful for all they have done to make the U.S. the greatest travel destination in the world, and all of the good work that I know is yet to come.” “While we can’t be together, it’s important we take time to recognize our honorees for their invaluable, individual contributions to our collective successes,” said Thompson. “This year’s honorees help Brand USA showcase the hidden gems of U.S. destinations and experiences from cultural heritage and culinary, art and music to outdoor festivals, as well as unique aspects of our cities and states.” The 57 organizations recognized in the 2020 Chairman’s Circle Honors awards hail from 19 countries. Please click here to view the 2020 Chairman’s Circle honorees.