WASHINGTON, DC – This week, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV)’s bipartisan Omnibus Travel and Tourism Act was included in the government funding package that passed the Senate and House of Representatives, and will soon be signed into law. This legislation, part of which was introduced in the House by Rep. Dina Titus (NV-01), will strengthen the U.S. travel and tourism industry by creating the new position of an Assistant Secretary of Commerce of Travel and Tourism to coordinate tourism strategy across the federal government. There currently isn’t anyone in the federal government solely responsible for developing and coordinating this national strategy, which this bill will require for the first time ever.
Politico Pro: Omnibus creates new travel and tourism post at Commerce
By Oriana Pawlyk
- The fiscal 2023 omnibus released early Tuesday creates three new assistant secretary positions under the Commerce Department, including an assistant secretary of Commerce for travel and tourism position long sought by the travel industry.
- Similar language is contained in legislation, S. 3375, by Sens. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) that would lay the groundwork for a new tourism strategy across the federal government, among other initiatives.
- The travel sector has looked for ways to boost tourism across the U.S. in light of the pandemic’s effect on the industry. But lately there haven’t been signs of a major slowdown, according to the U.S. Travel Association, which backed Rosen’s bill.
The Nevada Independent: Rosen and Titus’ proposal for new federal tourism strategist passes
By Gabby Birenbaum
- Congress has created a new position focused on developing a federal strategy to increase tourism in the U.S. and study the effects of the pandemic on the industry in its annual spending bill.
- Rosen’s bill will create a position in the Department of Commerce to coordinate industry strategy and authorize studies and the collection of new data. Introduced on a bipartisan basis with Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), leaders in the embattled tourism sector cheered the bill’s inclusion in the must-pass omnibus spending bill.
- “What we realized we need to do going forward is really have someone who wakes up every single day and focuses on a national strategy for tourism,” Rosen said.
Las Vegas Review-Journal: Nevada to get $167M in year-end funding bill
By Jessica Hill
- The package includes legislation pushed by Rosen — chair of the Senate subcommittee on Tourism, Trade and Export Promotion — that aims to strengthen U.S. travel. It will create a position in the Department of Commerce for a new assistant secretary of commerce for travel and tourism to focus on coordinating tourism strategy across the country and to look at how different issues such as infrastructure, health care and workforces impact tourism.
- “We’re going to have someone who is going to take a lot of things into consideration and see what we need to do today and what we need to do to prepare for tomorrow,” Rosen said in an interview.
Reportero: Pronto dejará de ser un proyecto para convertirse en una realidad. Y es que la ley Ómnibus de Viajes y Turismo finalmente fue incluida en el paquete de financiamiento del gobierno, que se espera apruebe la Cámara de Representantes para convertirse en ley. Con esta legislación se espera fortalecer la industria de viajes y turismo en todo el país.
KSNV Las Vegas: Rosen Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Travel and Tourism
Anchor: Senator Jacky Rosen is working on new legislation to promote travel in Las Vegas and across the country. Rosen says there is currently no one in the federal government responsible for developing a national strategy for travel. The Omnibus Travel and Tourism Act will create a new position called the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Travel and Tourism.
KLAS Las Vegas: Senator Rosen Creates New Federal Position Overseeing Tourism
Anchor: Nevada U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen is leading the charge to create a federal position overseeing tourism in the U.S.
Anchor: Yeah, the bill has support of both Democrats and Republicans. The U.S. Travel and Tourism Board would help develop a national strategy every 10 years.
Anchor: Rosen says the bill will strengthen the U.S. travel and tourism industry by creating the position of a new Assistant Secretary of Commerce of Travel and Tourism. Now, the person would coordinate tourism strategy across the federal government. Currently, there is no one in the federal government in charge of developing that national strategy.
Anchor: Senator Jacky has announced her Travel and Tourism Act is included in the government funding package and is expected to pass the House and Senate to be signed into law.
Anchor: This legislation creates the Assistant Secretary of Commerce of Travel and Tourism position. This person’s goal will be to help in the coordination of tourism strategy across the federal government. There currently is not anyone in the federal government responsible for developing and coordinating this national strategy.