ARVC Agenda: ‘Partisan Wrangling’ Delays Action on Travel Promotion Act
Expected passage of the Travel Promotion Act (S. 1023) in the Senate has been stalled because of partisan wrangling between Republicans and Democrats. Republicans have prevented a floor vote complaining that they were not allowed to attach non-germane amendments to the bill. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has vehemently denied blocking such amendments and accused the Republicans of partisan intransigence. Regardless of who is to blame, the consequence is that the bill will not be brought up for a vote in the Senate anytime soon.
In the meantime, Rep. William Delahunt, D-Mass., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., have introduced another bipartisan version of the bill H.R. 2935 — also called the Travel Promotion Act — in the House of Representatives. Although there are some marginal differences between the Senate and House bills, they are very similar and would establish a public-private corporation with an 11-member board of directors to increase international visitation to the U.S. Both bills would require this new corporation to “identify opportunities and strategies to promote tourism to rural and urban areas equally.”
Both would provide $100 million in annual federal funding from a new charge collected from visitors from visa waiver countries (countries with whom the U.S. has a reciprocal agreement not to require visas for tourism travel) that would have to be matched by private sector funding. Both would authorize a mandatory self-imposed assessment on travel and tourism businesses to generate the matching funds. In the 110th Congress, more than a majority of the House co-sponsored similar legislation, which actually passed the House but did not get a vote in the Senate.
The tourism industry will now focus on again getting the House bill passed with the objective of moving it to the Senate either as a stand-alone bill or attached to other legislation. ARVC will continue to support enactment of this legislation that would generate substantial economic benefits not only to RV parks and campgrounds and other segments of the tourism industry, but to the nation overall.
ARVC Seeking Stan Martin
Memorial Award Nominees
As the 2009 ARVC Convention in Orlando, Fla., draws near, ARVC is seeking nominations for the 17th Annual Stan Martin Memorial Award.
If you believe you know of a candidate, an individual or an organization that embodies the same values displayed by Mr. Martin during his career in the industry, we would like to hear from you. The ideal candidate should demonstrate a sense of partnership, a strong belief in industry unity, and a commitment to volunteerism.
To nominate a candidate, please submit their name and an explanation as to why they should be considered. Your nomination should be received no later than Friday, Sept. 18. Please e-mail your nominations to Rob Schutter Jr., president and COO, Leisure Systems Inc. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARVC Report to Publish Its
3rd Annual Technology Issue
Seeking the latest in technology from industry suppliers, ARVC is pleased to publish its 3rd annual Technology Issue. The September 2009 edition of the ARVC Report will feature a wide variety of technology columns from respected industry suppliers designed to share information on cutting edge tech topics.
Each month the ARVC Report, the monthly publication of the association, provides members with useful business tools and advice, supplier news, tried-and-true, eco-friendly operations’ ideas and interviews with the industry’s movers and shakers. For more information about ARVC, log on to www.arvc.org.
Evanne Schmarder is a free lance writer, owner of Roadabode Publications and writes the ARVC Report for the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.