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Passed Senate amended (05/16/1990)

Tourism Policy and Export Promotion Act of 1990 - Declares it to be the national goal to increase U.S. export earnings from U.S. tourism and transportation services traded internationally and to maintain a travel and tourism export surplus to help eliminate the U.S. trade deficit.

Requires the Secretary of Commerce to improve the survey of international air travelers providing data to estimate the U.S. balance of payments in international travel, and report to the Congress on such efforts.

Requires the Secretary to: (1) identify acts, policies, or practices of foreign countries that constitute barriers to, or distortions of U.S. travel and tourism exports; (2) estimate the trade-distorting impact on U.S. commerce of any such act, policy, or practice; and (3) estimate the value of additional U.S. travel and tourism exports that would have been exported to such foreign countries if such acts, policies, and practices did not exist.

Requires the Secretary to take appropriate action to ensure that foreign tourists are not unnecessarily delayed when entering the United States.

Amends the International Travel Act of 1961 to require the Secretary to submit to the Congress annual tourism trade development plans to stimulate travel to the United States. Requires such a plan to focus on those countries in which tourism trade development has the greatest potential for increasing travel and tourism export revenues.

Requires at least one member of the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board to be a city representative knowledgeable of tourism promotion. Revises the length of service of members on the Board. Requires the Board to send its comments to the Congress with regard to a marketing plan to stimulate travel to the United States.

Declares that the Congress finds that increased efforts directed at the promotion of rural tourism will contribute to the economic development of rural America. Establishes the Rural Tourism Development Foundation. Authorizes the Secretary to assist the Foundation in the development and promotion of rural tourism.

Directs the Secretary to assemble information on economic activity associated with scenic and recreational travel, including case studies of existing scenic byways. Requires the Secretary to study and transmit to the Congress a report on such information.

Sets forth specified policy considerations with respect to national tourism.

Adds as members to the Tourism Policy Council the Secretary of Agriculture, the Chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Commanding General of the Corps of Engineers of the Army, and the Administrator of the Small Business Administration.

Authorizes appropriations for FY 1990 through 1992.