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Obama signs Travel Promotion Act

By Michael A. Fletcher
President Obama Thursday enacted legislation to promote international travel to the United States by establishing a national tourism board that would coordinate advertising and other efforts to encourage foreigners to visit the United States.

As a bipartisan group of lawmakers looked on as Obama signed the bill in the Oval Office. The measure is aimed at reversing a decline in foreign visitors to the United States of nearly 10 percent over the past decade.

The board created by the new law would develop advertising and educational campaigns to help potential travelers navigate United States visa requirements and security procedures.

The effort is to be paid for by private sector contributions matched by a $10 fee on foreign visitors from countries who do not need a visa to enter the United States.

Advocates of the law say it would help attract 1.6 million new international visitors, $4 billion in new spending and more than $300 million in tax revenue each year.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.), who faces a tough re-election battle this year, was a strong backer of the bill in hopes it might aid the ailing economy of his tourism-reliant state.

By Web Politics Editor  |  March 4, 2010; 1:10 PM ET
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Exactly *which* bill did President Obama sign? The Senate bill (S. 1023) differs from the House bill (HR 2395). How can I get a copy of the text to the signed "Travel Promotion Act"?

Also, how can this be anyway. If you check these bills out on Thomas, the last action in the Senate took place last Sept 2009, and in the House in July 2009. Both records state that the bill is still there!

Posted by: NewYorker22 | March 8, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

They just walk over the border in Mexico illegally now.

We have more visitors than ever now....Obama is just looney toony and madd and a hatter to not notice it.

Posted by: dottydo | March 4, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

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