by Sarah J.F. Braley | March 03, 2010

Legislation creating a multimillion-dollar, public-private partnership to promote the United States as a premier travel destination and to help explain travel security policies to foreign travelers passed the Senate last week by a vote of 78 to 18. The legislation, which passed the House in November, is expected to be signed into law by President Obama soon. The Travel Promotion Act creates the Corporation for Travel Promotion, which will be funded through a matching program featuring up to $100 million in private-sector contributions and a $10 fee on foreign travelers who do not pay $131 for a visa to enter the country.