WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Jackie Rosen (D-NV), chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Tourism, Trade, and Export Promotion, held a hearing to consider the 2022 National Travel and Tourism Strategy released by the Department of Commerce to strengthen of the global competitiveness of our nation’s travel and tourism industry and based on a provision in Senator Rosen’s bipartisan policy General Law on Travel and Tourism. She also discussed ways to strengthen the travel and tourism industry, including by creating a high-level Senate-confirmed assistant secretary position in the Commerce Department to oversee tourism and push for one-stop security checks for certain international passengers.
Heart rate while traveling: The Senate held a hearing analyzing the 2022 National Travel and Tourism Strategy
By Donald Wood
- Led by Nevada Senator Jackie Rosen, Chair of the Commerce Subcommittee on Tourism, Trade and Export Promotion, the meeting aimed to analyze the strategy’s attempt to strengthen the global competitiveness of the US 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 his colleagues to push for the program to be overhauled 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 of welcoming 90 million international visitors by 2027 and achieving an estimated $279 billion in annual spending.
Bloomberg Government: Senators say the US tourism sector needs its own high-level post
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. Jackie Rosen (D-Nev.), the tourism chairman , the Subcommittee on Trade and Export Promotion and its ranking member, Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), expressed support for the position appointment during the hearing.
- “We really need someone who wakes up every day and thinks about a national strategy because tourism is a major economic driver,” Rosen said.
- Rosen and Scott said after the hearing that they hoped to speed up a vote on the floor. Rosen said she discussed with Scott taking the matter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.).
POLITICAL For: Senators are pushing for one-stop security checks for some international travelers
By Alex Doherty and Oriana Paulik
- During a hearing of the Senate Commerce Tourism and Trade and Export Promotion Subcommittee, Sen. Jackie Rosen (D-Nev.) said eliminating a second security screening for international travelers connecting to a U.S. flight is important a step to make air travel “as efficient and accessible as possible” as airports around the world deal with staff shortages and increased flight delays.
- “Currently, international air travelers, when they arrive in the United States and have onward transfer flights, generally must be rescreened at an airport security checkpoint before boarding the transfer flight,” Rosen said. “My omnibus law of travel and tourism [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 airport of final departure has screening comparable to ours in the United States, and we know those airports do exist.