WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Tourism, Trade, and Export Promotion, released a statement following a virtual roundtable discussion with travel and tourism industry CEOs. During the meeting, Senator Rosen discussed the current state of the travel and tourism industry in Nevada and nationally, and her legislative work to support the industry as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In Nevada, travel and tourism are the lifeblood of our economy, so it’s no surprise that COVID-19 hit Nevada’s economy particularly hard over the past year and a half,” said Senator Rosen. “We have made significant progress in addressing unemployment and boosting travel to the state, but the recovery is ongoing, and there is more work to be done. I was glad to meet with CEOs of travel and tourism related businesses to discuss the work I’m doing to help the industry recover and hear from them about how we can work together to strengthen the travel and tourism industry in Nevada and across the United States.”
BACKGROUND: In September, Rosen chaired a Senate subcommittee hearing to examining the Omnibus Travel and Tourism Act of 2021, forthcoming bipartisan legislation she and her colleagues are developing that would support the recovery of the travel and tourism economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In August, Senator Rosen voted to pass the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. As part of the bipartisan group that drafted the Senate-passed landmark legislation, Rosen played a leading role in writing the section on airports and ensuring support for travel and tourism. The bipartisan bill includes $25 billion in overall investment for airport infrastructure and also includes the text of Senator Rosen’s bipartisan Travel Optimization by Updating and Revitalizing Infrastructure to Support Mobilization (TOURISM) Act, which requires the Department of Transportation to update its National Travel and Tourism Infrastructure Strategic Plan to develop an immediate-term and long-term strategy for using infrastructure investments to revive the travel and tourism economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.