The U.S. Travel Association Hall of Leaders has gained two new members: Bob Moore, former Hilton executive, and Nancy Novogrod, the longtime editor-in-chief of Travel + Leisure.
Moore and Novogrod mark the 99th and 100th inductees into the U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders, which was created in 1969. Last year's honorees were Todd Davidson, president and CEO of Travel Oregon, and Spurgeon Richardson, former president of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. In order to be considered, travel industry leaders must demonstrate "sustained, noteworthy contributions that have positively impacted the travel industry and raised industry-wide standards," according to the association.
Moore spent more than 20 years serving the then-Hilton Hotels Corporation, including 12 years on the executive management team. During his tenure, he became the company's key sales executive and made changes to the training, compensation and structure of the sales organization. For his efforts, Moore received the prestigious Hilton Sales Person of the Year award.
Following his time at Hilton, Moore worked for the then-Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide (which has since been acquired by Marriott International) and the brand experience company Freeman. He also served as national chair of the U.S. Travel Association and led Meeting Professionals International.
Novogrod served as editor-in-chief of Travel + Leisure magazine for 21 years, helping to bring the publication into the digital age. She worked to elevate travel in the United States and headed the magazine's annual "America's Favorite Places" survey. After leaving Travel + Leisure in 2014, Novogrod launched Culturati Travel Design, which curates intimate travel trips for groups, individuals and families.
“Bob was an innovator throughout his career, working to evolve business and leisure travel to meet the demands of a changing industry,” said U.S. Travel Association president and CEO Roger Dow in a statement. “Nancy has been a leading voice in travel for decades, using her position at the helm of one of the industry’s most influential titles to drive travel to the U.S. The travel community owes both Nancy and Bob a tremendous debt for the unique ways in which they each contributed to the growth of travel to and within the United States.”