The U.S. Travel Association reports that the Travel Promotion Act (S.1023) is gaining support in the Senate, including the support of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). The association cites reports by CQ Online, based in Washington, D.C., that Reed wants a Senate floor vote before the August recess.
“This is yet another positive step towards the creation of a national public/private partnership to promote the U.S. – at no cost to the American taxpayer," U.S. Travel said. "A companion bill is expected to be introduced soon by the House of Representatives.”
The bill creates a new Corporation for Travel Promotion, a nonprofit unit who would be empowered to reverse the decline in international tourist arrivals in the U.S.
In 2008, the bill passed the House of Representatives with strong, bipartisan support from 243 co-sponsors and also garnered the support of 52 U.S. senators.