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Florida Congressional Rep Wants Commerce Secretary to Help Travel and Tourism Industries

Last week, U.S. Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Fla., showcased the “Travel and Tourism Act” that he brought out earlier in the month.

The bill “would require the Secretary of Commerce to identify the resources, regulatory changes, and private sector engagement needed to achieve annual tourism goals.

“Florida relies on tourism. In 2020, we saw tourism take a nosedive as COVID-19 spread nationwide. Now, skyrocketing gas prices and burdensome inflation threaten the industry. My district and my state cannot afford this decline,” said Dunn.

“Thanks to Governor DeSantis’ leadership, Florida’s tourism industry successfully responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and should serve as a blueprint for disaster readiness. I’m proud to introduce the Travel and Tourism Act with two of my colleagues from the Florida delegation, who recognize the need for solutions that protect the tourism and travel industry,” Dunn added.

U.S. Reps. Maria Elvira Salazar, R-Fla., and Darren Soto, D-Fla., are co-sponsoring the bill which would have the Commerce Secretary “establish a travel and tourism recovery strategy for pandemics and other disasters” and “would authorize the creation of an advisory board under the Department of Commerce composed of leaders in the travel and tourism industry.”

The bill was sent to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. So far, there is no companion measure over in the U.S. Senate.

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  • Kevin Derby

    Originally from Jacksonville, Kevin Derby is a contributing writer for Florida Daily and covers politics across Florida.

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