WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, US Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Tourism, Trade and Export Promotion, held a hearing to review the 2022 National Travel and Tourism Strategy, released by the Department of Commerce to enhance the global competitiveness of our nation’s travel and tourism industry and based on a provision in Senator Rosen’s bipartisan Omnibus Travel and Tourism Act. He also discussed ways to strengthen the travel and tourism industry, including creating a high-level, Senate-confirmed Assistant Secretary position at the Department of Commerce to oversee tourism and pushing for uniform security checks for certain international travelers.
Travel Pulse: Senate Holds Hearing Examining National Travel and Tourism Strategy 2022
By Donald Wood
- Led by Nevada Senator Jackie Rosen, Chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Tourism, Trade and Export Promotion, the meeting was designed to discuss the strategy’s effort to enhance the global competitiveness of the US travel and tourism industry.
- “By following the new National Travel and Tourism Strategy, the federal government can continue to support this growth and help travel and tourism businesses in Nevada and the nation fully recover,” Senator Rosen said during the hearing.
- The National Travel and Tourism Strategy was first developed in 2012, but Senator Rosen urged her colleagues to push for a renewal of the program due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- As a result, the Commerce Department announced in June a new strategy aimed at boosting the international tourism industry, with ambitious goals to welcome 90 million international visitors by 2027 and achieve annual spending of $279 billion.
Bloomberg Government: US Tourism needs its own high-level post, senators say
By Mia McCarthy
- The idea of an assistant secretary at the Commerce Department to oversee the tourism industry was first introduced in June 2021 as part of S. 1947. Sullivan, as well as Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), the chairman of Tourism, The subcommittee on Trade and Export Promotion and its ranking member, Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), all expressed support for the post’s appointment during the hearing.
- “We really need someone who wakes up every day and thinks about a national strategy because tourism is a top economic driver,” Rosen said.
- Rosen and Scott said after the hearing that they hope to expedite the floor vote. Rosen said she discussed with Scott about bringing the issue to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.).
POLICIES For: Senators are pushing for uniform security checks for some international travelers
By Alex Daugherty and Oriana Pawlyk
- During a Senate Commerce and Trade and Export Promotion subcommittee hearing, Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) said eliminating a second security check for international travelers connecting to a U.S. flight is an important step toward making air travel. as efficient and accessible as possible,” while airports around the world face staff shortages and increased flight delays.
- “Currently, international air passengers, when they arrive in the United States and have onward connecting flights, generally must be screened again at an airport security checkpoint before boarding the connecting flight,” Rosen said. “My Omnibus Travel and Tourism Act [S. 3375 (117)] includes a provision that would allow passengers and baggage arriving from certain foreign airports to bypass a second round of screening if the point of the last departure airport has screening comparable to ours in the United States and we know those airports exist.”