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DAP applauds Senate decision to facilitate travel to US

The Discover America Partnership applauded the Senate Commerce Committee for passing S. 1661, the Travel Promotion Act of 2007, to address America`s travel crisis by establishing a travel promotion program…

The Discover America Partnership applauded the Senate Commerce Committee for passing S. 1661, the Travel Promotion Act of 2007, to address America`s travel crisis by establishing a travel promotion program consistent with the proposals outlined in the Discover America Partnership`s Blueprint. The bill, introduced by Senators Dorgan, Inouye and Stevens passed out of the committee by voice vote.



The Senate Commerce Committee has taken an important first step to reversing the 17 percent decline in overseas travel to the United States, which has cost our country nearly $100 billion in visitor spending and nearly 200,000 jobs since 9/11, said Stevan Porter, Chairman of the Discover America Partnership and President the Americas of InterContinental Hotels Group. We applaud Senators Dorgan, Stevens and Inouye for their leadership on this issue and are grateful to their colleagues on the committee for their support.

The Act would establish an independent, non-profit corporation, the Corporation for Travel Promotion, to manage a nationally coordinated, public-private partnership to better explain America`s travel policies and to promote the United States as a premier international travel destination.



The Travel Promotion Act of 2007 creates a program that is consistent with the mission of the U.S. Department of Commerce and activities undertaken by nearly every developed nation in the world and all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The importance of international travel is reflected in countless studies showing that those who have visited America have more favorable opinions of the country and are more likely to support U.S. policies.



A newly released study by Governor Tom Ridge and Oxford Economics shows that a nationally coordinated travel promotion campaign, combined with visa and entry reforms that have already passed the Senate, would attract 1.6 million new visitors per year, yielding $8 billion per year in new visitor spending and $850 million per year in new federal tax revenues. The Oxford Economics study does not factor in the effect of contributions by the travel industry. Yields from enactment of S. 1661, which requires significant industry contributions, would be significantly higher.

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