U.S. Senate subcommittee all prepared to boost Nevada tourism

Published on : Friday, April 16, 2021

A U.S. Senate subcommittee aimed on travel industry has arranged a meeting for the first time to talk about the various ways to boost up the industry from the coronavirus pandemic.

On Tuesday, the Subcommittee on Tourism, Trade and Export Promotion met, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

To quote Democratic U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen, the committee’s chair, “Travel and tourism-related industries drive job creation and economic growth in states across America, especially in Nevada. These industries and the workers they employ are absolutely essential to our state’s prosperity.”

Rosen explained that the committee will build up bipartisan solutions to take the industry back to the levels where it was before the pandemic hit the world. The committee is divided between Democrats and Republicans in an even manner. The pandemic closed casinos in Nevada for over two months in 2020 and they are yet to recover completely, the Sun reported. The unemployment rate of the state has reached a high of about 30%, and the loss of gaming and other tax revenue left the state in a $1.2 billion budget deficit.

“It brought our travel and tourism economy screeching to a halt and decimated the jobs that these industries support,” Rosen said.

It will take another five years for the industry to recover completely, said Tori Emerson Barnes, executive vice president of public affairs and policy for the U.S. Travel Association.

Now, the association is geared toward reopening the international travel, put into practice the federal guidance for state and local governments in restarting conventions and pass the Hospitality and Commerce Jobs Recovery Act. This would create incentives and boost travel.

“Our tourism economy will need our full support as our nation recovers,” said Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, who introduced the act with Republican Sen. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota.

Rosen stated that the subcommittee will aim on ecotourism as well, along with outdoor recreation and international travel. At present, the goal is to bring tourists back to Nevada, from the “excitement and energy of the Las Vegas Strip” to “the vast and pristine public lands throughout our state,” she said.

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