Travel And Tourism Infrastructure Strategic Plan Is Required By Rosen’s TOURISM Act, Which Was Included In The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Chair of the Subcommittee on Tourism, Trade, and Export Promotion, and Ranking Member of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) led Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) in a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) pressing the department to provide a progress update on the National Travel and Tourism Infrastructure Strategic Plan, which has yet to be published.
Senator Rosen’s bipartisan TOURISM Act, which was included in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, required DOT to update the National Travel and Tourism Infrastructure Strategic Plan within 180 days of enactment of the law – a date that passed over four months ago.
“On November 15, 2021, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) into law. The new law includes our bipartisan TOURISM Act, requiring DOT to update the National Travel and Tourism Infrastructure Strategic Plan within 180 days of enactment of the law,” wrote the senators. “Unfortunately, while it has now been well over 300 days since the IIJA was signed into law, and more than 100 days since the Department of Commerce released its National Travel and Tourism Strategy, we have not yet seen an updated National Travel and Tourism Infrastructure Strategic Plan from DOT.”
“The travel and tourism industry is the cornerstone of many of our states’ economies, responsible for millions of good-paying jobs across a number of industries,” the senators continued. “It is imperative that DOT promptly update and release the National Travel and Tourism Infrastructure Strategic Plan in order to meet the needs of the travel and tourism industry and the requirements that Congress directed in enacted law.”
Senator Rosen has been a leader in fighting to ensure the travel and tourism industry is restored to its full potential. Tourism is one of Nevada’s key industries and employs nearly 350,000 Nevadans.