Vice President of Political Affairs, U.S. Travel

Nicole Porter

Nicole Porter joined the U.S. Travel Association in 2021. As Vice President of Political Affairs, she leads and develops all grassroots and political programs—leading and developing engagement activities to bolster U.S. Travel’s advocacy efforts.

Nicole oversees TravelPAC and Travel Action Network—which are key components in building relationships and educating federal policymakers about the economic, social and diplomatic importance of travel.

She also leads the association’s efforts around key initiatives such as Travel Works, U.S. Travel’s national advocacy tour designed to highlight the $2.6 trillion economic impact and far-reaching contributions created by travel and Destination Capitol Hill, the travel industry’s premier legislative fly-in.

Prior to joining U.S. Travel, Nicole spent nearly seven years at the National Retail Federation (NRF) where she was senior director, political affairs & advocacy. In this role she served as a key political strategist, responsible for leading and developing advocacy and grassroots programs supporting NRF’s public policy goals, also overseeing NRF’s fundraising for political programs.

Prior to NRF, Nicole was a campaign fundraiser working for over a decade with an extensive list of clients ranging from national candidates and PACs to federal and state campaigns.

Nicole was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada and now resides with her daughter in Washington, D.C.

On The Agenda
General Session

Navigating the Current Travel Landscape: Trends, Advocacy and the Industry’s Future

Wednesday, June 12th (Day 2)
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Woodward AB
During this fireside chat, we’ll dive into the latest developments and strategies shaping the travel industry. With major sporting events like the 2026 World Cup and 2028 Olympics on the horizon, we'll discuss how U.S. Travel is actively working to streamline travel processes and enhance the experience for attendees.This session isn't just information—it's also about action. Learn how you can actively engage and contribute to these efforts, making a tangible impact within your own spheres of influence. Join us as we navigate the complexities of the global travel landscape and chart a course towards a more enjoyable travel experience for all.