Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy has been elected as the new chair of the US Travel Association, representing a range of inbound and domestic brands.

Duffy replaces Elliott Ferguson, president and chief executive of marketing organisation Destination DC, whose term has concluded.

She is joined by vice-chairs Julie Coker, chief executive, San Diego Tourism Authority; Fred Dixon, chief executive, NYC & Company; and Sharon Siskie, senior vice-president, commercial strategy, Disney Signature Experiences.

Roger Dow, US Travel chief executive, said: “We’re very pleased to welcome Christine as national chair of US Travel, not only for her deep experience operating successful travel businesses, but also for the talent and savvy she will bring to helping restore one of America’s largest industry sectors following steep losses associated with the global pandemic.

“The board appreciates Christine’s guidance at this crucial time as we advance policies and programmes to revive travel to and within the US”

Duffy added: “There has never been a more critical time for the travel industry to come together to effect change and drive a financial recovery. If nothing else, the past year has demonstrated the economic power of the travel sector, as well as the affinity Americans have for the social, intellectual, relaxation and joyful benefits of travel.

“I look forward to working with the great leaders of the travel and tourism industry to chart a path to a new level of success.”

Duffy joined Carnival Cruise Line in 2015 after serving as president and chief executive of Clia.