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S. 1023, The Travel Promotion Act of 2009 (11 comments ↓ | 16 wiki edits: view article ↓)

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S. 1023 would establish a non-profit corporation to communicate United States entry policies and otherwise promote leisure, business, and scholarly travel to the United States.

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Sue

(logged-in user) June 16, 2009, 3:22pm (report abuse)

Hmmmm....Travel...$22.27 = currently 1/2 a tank of gas for MY travel. I'm not clear on who would be taxed-sounds like US travel agents...

Greg033

September 3, 2009, 11:11pm (report abuse)

Why not instead have a bit of oversight over the Immigrations personell at the airport?

Aside from serious immigration decisions made knee-jerk(e.g. enter as tourist with future student visa in passport, they may cross the visa out, no expl., no recourse, and you must now start the student visa process over from the beginning, incl. fees.), there's the verbal abuse backed with threats directed at tourists, that one may observe e.g. in Boston.

(Eg: Sign in full waiting-line room says "no cellular phone use". "cellular" is not easily understood from any other language. Suited non-uniformed agent yells across room at non-Anglophone tourist: "turn off your phone, can't you read?" Tourist doesn't realize he is addressed. Suit marches over and yells about being deaf and understanding English, but no mention of phone) Tourist begins to understand and apologize, during which Suit (still yelling) threatens him with confiscating the phone. Stuff wannabe-cop security guards only dream of.

expat

September 7, 2009, 9:03pm (report abuse)

I don't think the people who are no longer coming to the States because they don't want to be treated like criminals and fingerprinted are going to come just so they can pay $10. Talk about adding injury to insult!. Advertising is not going to help when the poison knee-jerk policies that caused the decline are still in place and still getting worse. The tourists who do come go back home and tell their horror stories to their friends. As every advertising pro knows, word-of-mouth is the most effective advertising there is.

Yvonne Crumpler

September 9, 2009, 10:48pm (report abuse)

I have not observed fewer tourists. If they feel like they are treated as criminals to bad. I get that treatment every time I travel within the U.S. We, of course, are not fingerprinted but I have done a lot of traveling recently, past two years, and have not seen one foreigner stopped at any airport for any reason. If people no longer visit it is because the economy is BAD worldwide. They do not have money to travel. Hello..... what part of having no money is hard to understand.

HansMyHedgehog

September 10, 2009, 4:01pm (report abuse)

This is land of the free & home of the brave, and everybody already knows it. What do we need an entity to promote people coming to our country for?

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September 12, 2009, 2:51pm (report abuse)

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Diviney

September 15, 2009, 5:27pm (report abuse)

We need this like another Fanny Mae. Who came up with the brain fart idea that the Government needed to promote tourism? And why do all of these people that hate Americans want to come here anyway? And are our private tourism organizations incapapble of helping tourists come into this country?

JK from Pa

September 21, 2009, 3:41pm (report abuse)

I'm visiting my buddy in Germany for the weekend and he tells me he just heard on the news that tourists now have to pay $10 / day to visit the USA... to which my immediate response was "BULLSH*T", the US wouldn't do something so stupid to discourage tourism and the chance to make $$ therefrom. So I did some surfing and low and behold, what do I find... some cockamayme bill passed by the Senate, maybe the whole Congress by now, doing just that... and its a "Bi-partisan Bill !!! I guess its tooo much to expect the Congress to deal with the REAL problems facing the US, but that they can demonstrate bi-partisanship on a BULLSH*T idea like this....plus another govermnment agency to hinder economic growth! TERM LIMITS !!!!

CindyB

September 26, 2009, 3:54pm (report abuse)

So now they want to charge an entrance fee. Sounds like East Germany in the days of the communists.

TheTruth

October 7, 2009, 1:26pm (report abuse)

Hey morons - every other country in the world charges Americans! and then they spend millions to convince people not to travel to America. If we want these people spending their money here, perhaps we should fight for them. $10 will stop someone from coming? BS. Bought an airline ticket recently?

Hans

January 5, 2010, 11:07am (report abuse)

Hi,

as a German I enjoid visiting the USA more or less every year with my familiy. It is a fabulous country and after having waited for an hour for crossing the - usually friendly - immigration staff I was not checked anymore while in the US. But the cost to enter the country already increased dramatically over the past years. When I entered the first time with my family, the children could use their children passports. The next year this was not accepted anymore (50$ per child for a new passport). The year after only machine readable passports were accepted ($70 per person). Two year later the passport requires a chip ($70 per person). And now a $ 10 fee should be imposed to promote tourissm to the USA? - Sorry but this is nothing else than a visa fee implemented through the back door and I will spent my vacation - while such fee is imposed rather in Canada in future. I hope to see America again - but not as long as such kind of fee is imposed.

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