Sullivan wants feds to formally get behind tourism industry
U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan knows all eyes will be on the impeachment trial when the Senate reconvenes next month. But he still has some unfinished business of his own.
Sullivan says he wants to introduce a tourism bill, hopefully not long after his return.
At a fall Alaska Travel Industry Association convention, Sullivan first shared the news to a packed house in Juneau’s Centennial Hall.
He spoke of plans to introduce the Visit America Act, a bill he says will carry strong bipartisan support. He said he’s hoping to get support from Congressional leaders in Hawaii.
“I think it’s just a great opportunity to not only help promote tourism in our state but throughout the country,” he said in a wide-ranging interview with KTVA.
One of its features will be to create an assistant secretary for travel and tourism position, one that will require Senate confirmation.
“A lot of countries have their own tourism minister cabinet level official,” he said. “We don’t even have a Senate-confirmed official who advocates for tourism. And I think we need that.”
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