US Travel Promotion Act

In a nutshell, the Travel Promotion Act is: “A bill to establish a non-profit corporation to communicate United States entry policies and otherwise promote leisure, business, and scholarly travel to the United States.”

International travelers are an important customer in the US travel industry.  Visits to the US are below 2000 levels, and this has a great impact on the North American economy – especially the micro-economy of the travel industry.

Some B&B owners and innkeepers have do not support this bill because it would involve a new $10 fee on travelers from visa-waiver countries. Compared to what Americans pay in similar fees when visiting European countries (most fees are hidden in taxes and fees in your airline ticket) this is very minor.  The question is whether $10 fee that is good for two years would prohibit people from traveling to the US.

PAII.org, the Professional Association of Innkeepers International, supports the bill.  For more information on what the bill might mean to your bed and breakfast business, please see their blog at:

http://www.innkeepingblog.com/2009/09/action-alert-to-innkeeping-industry-help-pass-travel-promotion-act-now/

To understand more about the powers of the bill and how it would be funded, click here.

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