Nevada Senator Harry Reid today discussed the importance of the Travel Promotion Act, particularly to Nevada. Late Monday, Reid expressed frustration that the bipartisan bill was being blocked. This bill would use the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s model for Las Vegas, applying it to the whole country by creating a Corporation for Travel Promotion. That new entity would market the United States around the globe as a tourist destination.
Of course, as the number of tourists coming to the United States increases, so will the number of people who visit Nevada. More than 230,000 Nevada jobs depend on tourism and because our state has no state income tax, its budget relies heavily on revenues generated from the tourism industry.