This story in CNN is important to tourism in the USA and by extension is important to timesharing. I’ll leave an excerpt here, and then you should read the entire article and contemplate its possible impacts.
(CNN) — President Obama signed legislation into law Thursday to create the United States’ first national travel promotion program.
“By signing the Travel Promotion Act, President Obama has acted to support the power of travel to serve as an economic stimulant, job generator and diplomatic tool,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association.
The act will create a nonprofit Corporation for Travel Promotion that will promote the United States as a travel destination and explain travel and security policies to international visitors.
The bill received final passage in the Senate last week.
A $10 fee charged to visitors from countries included in the Visa Waiver Program will partially fund the public-private organization. These visitors will pay the fee every two years when they register online using the Department of Homeland Security’s Electronic System for Travel Authorization.
Read the entire article at http://www.cnn.com/2010/TRAVEL/03/04/travel.promotion.act/index.html
So our Congress CAN get some things done when they want to; the question is whether it will be good, bad or indifferent for tourism in the long run.