Colorado senators back tourism promotion bill

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) - Colorado's Senators are among co-sponsors of a bill aimed at boosting visits from international travelers to the U.S.

The Travel Promotion Act would establish an independent nonprofit corporation for travel promotion, plus an Office of Travel Promotion within the Department of Commerce.

One of the corporation's duties would be to counter misperceptions about U.S. entry policies.

The bill also would create a Travel Promotion Fund, financed in part by a $10 fee for foreign travelers.

Sen. Mark Udall says travel from overseas never fully recovered from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Sen. Michael Bennet, a fellow Colorado Democrat, says tourism accounts for tens of thousands of Colorado jobs.

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