Summary: H.R.2579 — 104th Congress (1995-1996)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed House amended (09/26/1996)

United States National Tourism Organization Act of 1996 - Establishes the United States National Tourism Organization as a private not-for-profit organization to represent and promote United States international travel and tourism. Prohibits the Organization from engaging in any activities to promote a political party or candidacy of a person seeking or holding political office.

Establishes the United States National Tourism Organization Board to govern and supervise the Organization's activities.

Directs the Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of State, the U.S. Trade Representative, the Director of the U.S. Information Agency, and the Trade and Development Agency to cooperate with the Organization and give priority consideration to its recommendations. Requires specified Federal officials to report biennially to specified congressional committees on any travel and tourism activities carried out in conjunction with the U.S. Government.

Terminates the Organization within two years after enactment of this Act if the Board has not developed and implemented a comprehensive plan for its long-term financing.

Amends the Export Enhancement Act of 1988 to require the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee's Federal trade promotion plan to reflect, among other things, Organization recommendations.

Amends the International Travel Act of 1961 to: (1) terminate the United States Travel and Tourism Administration; and (2) revise the international travel and tourism promotion duties of the Secretary of Commerce. Eliminates export promotion services from such duties. Limits the scope of the Secretary's currently mandated comprehensive performance plan to critical tourism functions not being carried out by the Organization or other private sector entities or State governments.

Revises the composition and administrative duties of the Tourism Policy Council.