Titus Cosponsors Legislation to Keep Southern Nevada’s Tourism Economy Humming

Apr 10, 2014
Press Release
Reauthorizes the Travel Promotion Act

April 10, 2014 

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Dina Titus of Nevada’s First District joined with other members of the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus to introduce the Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act of 2014, which would reauthorize the Travel Promotion Act for five years. The current authorization for the Travel Promotion Act is set to expire this year. The Ryan Republican Budget, introduced last week, would terminate Brand USA, the public-private partnership designed to increase international tourism to the United States.
 
“The proposal to end the Brand USA program is a glaring, short sighted example of how the Ryan Budget undermines our long-term economic stability and undercuts commonsense public-private partnerships,” said Titus. “The Travel Promotion Act has already yielded significant benefits to Southern Nevada and our nation’s economy by fostering tourism through increased investment, economic development, and job creation.  By extending the authorization for the Travel Promotion Act, we can continue this strong trajectory and expand our role as one of the most popular international destinations for work and pleasure. I was proud to be an original cosponsor of the Travel Promotion Act in 2009 and would like to see Brand USA made permanent. Meantime, I will work with my colleagues on this critical extension.”
 
Originally introduced in 2009, the Travel Promotion Act established the first nationally-coordinated marketing effort to bring more international travelers to the United States. In FY 2013, Brand USA’s marketing efforts attracted 1 million additional travelers to the United States, who spent $3.4 billion on purchases and U.S. carriers travel/fare receipts, resulting in $7.4 billion in total sales, which supported over 53,000 new jobs across the country. In July of last year, Rep. Titus introduced H.R. 2626 to amend the Travel Promotion Act of 2009 to permanently extend the Travel Promotion Act and Brand USA.