The late Gary Sain, who tirelessly promoted travel during more than three decades in the industry, has been selected as a 2012 inductee into the U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders. Sain will be honored during a dinner of more than one hundred travel industry leaders during the U.S. Travel winter board meeting on November 29, at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas.
Special recognition also will be given during the dinner to Tom Nides, deputy secretary of the U.S. State Department for management and resources, and consular officers around the world for dramatically improving the visa experience for travelers from other countries wishing to visit the United States.
Distinguished individuals are named to the Hall of Leaders maintained by the U.S. Travel Association for "sustained, noteworthy contributions that have positively impacted the travel industry, stimulated greater achievement, and raised industry-wide standards."
"This is a well-deserved recognition, and I look forward to joining the rest of the travel community in honoring [Sain]." said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. "At the same time, Tom Nides and the consular officers deserve our thanks and recognition for addressing a longstanding challenge, which has resulted in dramatic improvements in the visa experiences for millions of travelers around the world. It has resulted in billions of dollars in new business for the American economy and helped create thousands of new travel-related jobs."