1996—Pub. L. 104–288 amended 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. 93–623 added par. (6).
United States Travel and Tourism Promotion
Pub. L. 108–7, div. B, title II, § 210, Feb. 20, 2003, 117 Stat. 78, provided that:
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.
The United States
Travel and Tourism Promotion Advisory Board (hereinafter ‘Board’) is established to recommend the appropriate coordinated activities to the Secretary
shall appoint the Board within 30 days of enactment [Feb. 20, 2003
] and shall include tourism-related entities he deems appropriate.
shall consult with the Board and State and regional tourism officials on the disbursement of funds.
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—
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
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 of Pub. L. 102–372 and 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.