American tourism is on the decline, while other countries are doing better, which prompted U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., to hold a Senate hearing on the subject.
Thursday’s hearing featured Explore Minnesota Director John Edman highlighting the importance of tourism in Minnesota’s economy.
The hearing followed Klobuchar’s introduction of the International Tourism Facilitation Act, designed to short shorten the time foreign tourists wait to receive U.S. visas.
“Tourism is about so much more than just hospitality,” Klobuchar said. “It’s a powerful engine for job creation in Minnesota and across the country, creating better opportunities for American businesses – from hotels and restaurants to local retail shops to recreation sites.”
Tourism is Minnesota’s fifth largest industry, providing $11 billion a year.
Klobuchar leads a Senate committee that oversees the tourism industry.