22 U.S. Code § 2122 - Powers and duties of Secretary of Commerce

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In order to carry out the national tourism policy established in section 2121 (b) of this title and by the United States National Tourism Organization Act of 1996, the Secretary of Commerce (hereafter in this chapter referred to as the “Secretary”) shall develop and implement a comprehensive plan to perform critical tourism functions which, in the determination of the Secretary, are not being carried out by the United States National Tourism Organization or other private sector entities or State governments. Such plan may include programs to—
(1) collect and publish comprehensive international travel and tourism statistics and other marketing information;
(2) design, implement, and publish international travel and tourism forecasting models;
(3) facilitate the reduction or elimination of barriers to international travel and tourism; and
(4) work with the United States National Tourism Organization, the Tourism Policy Council, State tourism agencies, and Federal agencies in—
(A) coordinating the Federal implementation of a national travel and tourism policy;
(B) representing the United States’ international travel and tourism interests to foreign governments; and
(C) maintaining United States participation in international travel and tourism trade shows and fairs until such activities can be transferred to such Organization and other private sector entities.

Source

(Pub. L. 87–63, title II, § 201, formerly § 2,June 29, 1961, 75 Stat. 129; Pub. L. 93–623, § 6,Jan. 3, 1975, 88 Stat. 2105; renumbered and amended Pub. L. 97–63, § 3(b), (e)(1),Oct. 16, 1981, 95 Stat. 1012, 1013; Pub. L. 102–372, § 6(a),Sept. 30, 1992, 106 Stat. 1175; Pub. L. 104–288, § 10,Oct. 11, 1996, 110 Stat. 3407.)
References in Text

The United States National Tourism Organization Act of 1996, referred to in text, is Pub. L. 104–288, Oct. 11, 1996, 110 Stat. 3407, as amended. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title of 1996 Amendment note set out under section 2121 of this title and Tables.
Amendments

1996—Pub. L. 104–288amended section generally to narrow tourism-related duties of Secretary of Commerce, in view of creation of United States National Tourism Organization, with Secretary to focus on critical promotion functions which, in determination of Secretary, are not being carried out by new Organization or other private sector or State entities.
1992—Par. (2). Pub. L. 102–372, § 6(3), added par. (2). Former par. (2) redesignated (3).
Par. (3). Pub. L. 102–372, § 6(a)(1), (2), redesignated former par. (2) as (3) and substituted “receptive, linguistic, informational, currency exchange, meal, and package tour services required by the international market” for “tourist facilities, low cost unit tours, and other arrangements within the United States for meeting the requirements of foreign visitors”. Former par. (3) redesignated (4).
Pars. (4) to (6). Pub. L. 102–372, § 6(a)(1), redesignated former pars. (3) to (5) as (4) to (6), respectively. Former par. (6) redesignated (7).
Par. (7). Pub. L. 102–372, § 6(1), (4), redesignated former par. (6) as (7) and substituted “and the use of other United States providers of travel products and services; and” for period at end.
Par. (8). Pub. L. 102–372, § 6(5), added par. (8).
1981—Pub. L. 97–63, § 3(b), substituted “In order to carry out the national tourism policy established by section 2121 (b) of this title” for “In order to carry out the purpose of this chapter”.
1975—Par. (6). Pub. L. 93–623added par. (6).
Effective Date of 1981 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 97–63effective Oct. 1, 1981, see section 6 ofPub. L. 97–63, set out as a note under section 2121 of this title.
United States Travel and Tourism Promotion

Pub. L. 108–7, div. B, title II, § 210,Feb. 20, 2003, 117 Stat. 78, provided that:
“(a) The Secretary of Commerce is authorized to award grants and make direct lump sum payments in support of an international advertising and promotional campaign developed in consultation with the private sector to encourage individuals to travel to the United States consisting of radio, television, and print advertising and marketing programs.
“(b) The United States Travel and Tourism Promotion Advisory Board (hereinafter ‘Board’) is established to recommend the appropriate coordinated activities to the Secretary for funding.
“(c) The Secretary shall appoint the Board within 30 days of enactment [Feb. 20, 2003] and shall include tourism-related entities he deems appropriate.
“(d) The Secretary shall consult with the Board and State and regional tourism officials on the disbursement of funds.
“(e) There is authorized to be appropriated $50,000,000, to remain available until expended, and $50,000,000 is appropriated to implement this section.”
Survey of International Air Travelers

Pub. L. 102–372, § 3,Sept. 30, 1992, 106 Stat. 1171, provided that: “The Secretary of Commerce, to the extent available resources permit, shall improve the survey of international air travelers conducted to provide the data needed to estimate the Nation’s balance of payments in international travel by—
“(1) expanding the survey to cover travel to and from the Middle East, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean and enhancing coverage for Mexico, Oceania, the Far East, and Europe; and
“(2) improving the methodology for conducting on-board surveys by (A) enhancing communications, training, and liaison activities in cooperation with participating air carriers, (B) providing for the continuation of needed data bases, and (C) utilizing improved sampling procedures.
The Secretary of Commerce shall seek to increase the reporting frequency of the data provided by Statistics Canada and the Bank of Mexico on international travel trade between the United States and both Canada and Mexico. The Secretary shall improve the quarterly statistical report on United States international travel receipts and payments published in the Bureau of Economic Analysis document known as ‘The Survey of Current Services’ and heighten its visibility.”
Report on Tourism and Travel Activities

Pub. L. 102–372, § 18,Sept. 30, 1992, 106 Stat. 1182, directed Secretary of Commerce, within 18 months after Sept. 30, 1992, to report to Congress on (1) status of actions required by section 3 ofPub. L. 102–372and desirability and feasibility of publishing international travel receipts and payments on a monthly basis, (2) Secretary’s actions under 22 U.S.C. 2122 (8) regarding the inbound and outbound tourism trade between United States and emerging democracies of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, (3) activities of Department of Commerce and other Federal agencies to increase tourism opportunities for, and encourage travel by, disabled persons, and (4) efforts undertaken under 22 U.S.C. 2123c to improve visitor facilitation and effect on United States travel and tourism as a result of those improvements.

 

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