The U.S. Travel Association has announced that travel industry leaders Bob Moore, former Hilton executive, and Nancy Novogrod, the editor-in-chief of Travel + Leisure, will be honored as the 2019 inductees into the U.S. Travel Association Hall of Leaders.
According to the U.S. Travel Association, individuals are named to U.S. Travel's Hall of Leaders for "sustained, noteworthy contributions that have positively impacted the travel industry and raised industry-wide standards."
Moore began his career in the travel industry, dedicating more than 20 years to the then-Hilton Hotels Corporation. Moore spent 12 years on Hilton's executive management team, becoming the company's key sales executive and earning the Hilton Sales Person of the Year Award.
Moore's innovation of Hilton's sales department included changes to training, compensation and the sales organization structure. He departed Hilton after 22 years, taking his expertise first to the then-Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau, followed by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide—where he notably unified the Westin, Sheraton, Luxury Collection, W and Four Points sales teams under one global organization—and finally to Freeman, from which he retired as chief sales officer in 2012.
He served as national chair of the U.S. Travel Association (then the Travel Industry Association of America) in 1995 and led Meeting Professionals International.
Novogrod served as editor-in-chief of Travel + Leisure magazine from 1993-2014. She evolved the brand over her 21-year career at the publication, bringing the title into the digital age while maintaining editorial standards.
Novogrod and her team of editors, writers and photographers covered what was new, interesting and unique in travel, and did a great deal to elevate travel in the U.S. She focused content on news-making U.S. travel destinations, hotels, dining establishments, cultural sights and attractions, and led the annual "America's Favorite Places" survey, encouraging Americans to share what makes their favorite domestic cities special, as well as introducing Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards. Additionally, she has been a supporter of U.S. Travel through her coverage of industry initiatives and research.
Since departing Travel + Leisure in 2014, Novogrod has launched Culturati Travel Design, an enterprise that curates intimate group-travel experiences, as well as individual and family trips in affiliation with Valerie Wilson Travel.
With these two inductions, 100 travel industry professionals have been inducted into the U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders since it was created in 1969. The 2018 inductees were Todd Davidson, president and CEO of Travel Oregon, and Spurgeon Richardson, the former longtime president of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Moore and Novogrod will be honored at a dinner attended by more than 100 travel industry leaders on November 20 during the U.S. Travel fall board of directors meeting in Washington, D.C.
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