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by Michael J. Shapiro | March 30, 2011

Massachusetts Rep. Edward Markey has introduced legislation designed to protect U.S. travelers overseas. The bill, H.R. 1120, or the International Travelers Bill of Rights Act of 2011, would require “travel services” websites that market trips to international destinations to provide consumers with information about health and safety concerns in the destinations they promote. Specifically, such information should include the hours during which trained medical professionals are available at the resort(s), whether CPR-trained staff will be on duty, whether lifeguards are employed and whether resorts have automated external defibrillators. Travel websites would also be required to post any State Department travel warnings or alerts, and to note if and when specific safety information isn’t available. No word yet on if and when the bill will be approved.