H.R.2935 - Travel Promotion Act of 2009111th Congress (2009-2010)
Summary: H.R.2935 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)
Introduced in House (06/18/2009)
Travel Promotion Act of 2009 - Establishes the Corporation for Travel Promotion as a nonprofit corporation that is not an agency or establishment of the U.S. government. Makes the Corporation subject to the provisions of the District of Columbia Nonprofit Corporation Act. Expresses the sense of Congress that the Corporation should not engage in lobbying activities.
Requires the Corporation, among other things, to provide useful information to people interested in traveling to the United States, identify and address perceptions regarding U.S. entry policy, and promote U.S. travel.
Establishes in the Treasury the Travel Promotion Fund.
Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to require (under current law, authorize) the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish and collect a fee for the use of an electronic data sharing system concerning the admissibility of certain aliens into the United States that will ensure recovery of the full costs of providing and administering such system. Terminates such fee following FY2014.
Authorizes the Corporation to impose an annual assessment on U.S. members of the travel and tourism industry.
Amends the International Travel Act of 1961 to: (1) revise the membership of the Tourism Policy Council; and (2) require the Council to provide the Corporation with certain information concerning U.S. admission procedures and travel promotion strategies.
Directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a study to assess barriers to entry into the United States by foreign travelers.