Next week lawmakers vote on the Travel Promotion Act. A $10 fee will be charged to visitors from 35 countries that do not require visas to enter the United States. The bill has passed the House of Representatives.
Marketing campaigns are focusing on America as a destination. Surveys have shown that many foreigners view the U.S. as a desirable place to vacation.
Roger Dow of the US Travel Association said: "Overseas travel to the United States is down 9% since 2000," and that "if more people come to the United States, more Americans work."