Senate Passes New Bipartisan Travel Promotion Act
In an effort to create a national campaign to tap into these massive dollars, our Washington representatives have put forth the Travel Promotion Act for President Obama to sign.
From the US Travel Association:
“The Travel Promotion Act creates the Corporation for Travel Promotion, modeled after successful programs in U.S. states and other developed nations, with the mission of attracting more visitors to the United States. The initiative is funded through a matching program featuring up to $100 million in private sector contributions and a $10 fee on foreign travelers who do not pay $131 for a visa to enter the United States. The fee will be collected once every two years in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security’s Electronic System for Travel Authorization. No money is provided by U.S. taxpayers.”
From Steve Moore, President & CEO, Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau:
“The Travel Promotion Act is a significant step in the right direction for our national and local economies. This new program will bring critical international tourist dollars to our hotels, attractions, restaurants and transportation providers… and all of the 160,000 men and women whose jobs depend on travel in the Phoenix area.”
It will be interesting to see how this pans out. What are your thoughts about this new government agency?