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112TH CO~GRESS 1ST SESSION
To direct the Secretary of Commerce to establish a competitive grant program to promote domestic regional tourism.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED SrrA1'ES
(for himself, Ms. KLOBUCHAR, Mr. SCHUiVIER, Mrs. GII;!JlBRAND, and Mr. PRYOR) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on ----------------
To direct the Secretary of Commerce to establish a competitive grant program to promote domestic regional tourism. 1
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-
2 tives of the United States of America in Congressassembled,
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1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the "Travel Regional Invest-
5 merit Partnership Act".
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SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
Congress finds the following: (1) The importance of travel and tourism cannot be overstated. Travel and tourism employs
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domestic jobs de-
pend on the travel and tourism industry. (3) The travel and tourism for 2.8 percent of the Nation's uet, (4) The travel and tourism $1,300,000,000,000 (5) The travel industry generates industry accounts
gross domestic prod-
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in total expenditures, and tourism industry lost
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392,000 jobs in 20.09,
(6) In 2009, tourism output declined by
$100,000,000,000. (7) Total direct tourism employment by 0.5 percent in 2010. (8) Public-private derutilized partnerships have been undecreased
in the promotion
of' travel and tourism new domestic regional
and are a dynamic tourism markets
tool in creating
SEC. 3. DONIESTIC REGIONAL TOURISM GRANT PROGRAM.
shall establish by the
21 a competitive grant program,
to be administered
22 Office of Travel and Tourism Industries,
to promote do-
23 mestic regional tourism growth and new domestic tourism 24 market creation.
3 1 (b) RAl'fGE OF GRA.,TTMONETARYA1VIOUNTS.-The
2 amount of each grant awarded under this section shall be 3 not less than $100,000 4
and not more than $1,000,000.
(c) GRA.~TEEELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS.(1)
awarded under this section to(A) State tourism offices;
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(B) local destination tions, and (C) partnerships
between a State or local
government and local tourism entities. (2) REGIONAL DIVERSITY.-In awarding grants
under this section, the Secretary may consider(A) giving priority to regions 'with low contributions to tourism marketing; regional diversity of grant
(B) maintaining recipients; and
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marketed destinations. (3) USE OF FUNDS.-Grants this section may be used to(A) promote domestic regional tourism awarded under
grmvth; and (B) create new domestic tourism markets. (4) APPLICATIO:-< PROCESS.-
2 (A) SUBMISSION.-An eligible entity seek-
ing a grant under this section shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such form, and "Withsuch information and assurances as the Secretary may require.
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mitted under subparagraph
(i) a description
(A) shall includeof the tourist pro-
motion activities to be funded by the grant; and (ii) in the case of a partnership tween a State or local government beand
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local tourism entities(I) a list of the specific tourist entities partnered that such government has
with to promote
within the relevant domestic region; (II) the details of the partnership agreement; (III) specific information explaining how such partnership "Willncrease i regional tourism; and (IV) the anticipated positive Impact of the partnership on job ere-
5 1 2 3 4 ation and employment in the relevant domestic region. (d) MATCHING REQUIREMENT.(1) ~ON-FEDERAL FL'"XDS.-As a condition for
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receiving a grant under this section, the grant recipient shall provide, either directly or through tions from public or private entities, dona-
matching funds, in cash or in-kind, in an amount equal to the amount of the grant. (2) SPECIAL RUI~EFOR I~-KrND DOXATIONS.Of the amount of non-Federal quired under paragraph matching funds re-
(I), not more than 25 per-
cent may be provided through in-kind contributions. (e) REPORTS.-Not later than 6 months after the last
15 day of each fiscal year in which grants are awarded by 16 the Secretary under this section, the Secretary shall sub17 mit a report to Congress that details18 19 20 21 22 23 24
expendi tures; tax. receipts; and employment,
(2) travel-generated (3) travel-generated
(f) DEFI:-"'ITIoNs.-In this section: (1) LOCAL TOL'"RIST ENTITy.-The
means any public or private sector activities.
business engag·ed in tourism-related
(2) SECRETARY.-The term "Secretary' the Secretary of Commerce.
(g) AUTHORIZATIOX OF APPROPRIATIO?\S.-There
4 authorized to be appropriated, for each of the first 5 fiscal 5 years beginning after the date of the enactment 6 Act, $10,000,000, of this
which shall be used for grants under
7 this section and shall remain available until expended.