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Bipartisan support of US Senate EU ETS bill commended

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today commended Sen.

US House passes Rota National Park study bill

SAIPAN, MP – The US House of Representatives today passed a bill authorizing the Interior Department to study Rota as a potential site for a National Park.

Hawaii Governor vetoes Civil Union bill

Hawaii Governor Lingle issued the following statement after her veto to stop the Civil Union Bill from becoming law in the Aloha State.

Bill to cut cruise ship head tax signed by Alaska governor

JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has signed a bill lowering the state's tax on cruise ship passengers, a move intended to attract more ships and settle an industry lawsuit over the fee.

Arizona’s immigration flap could be Florida’s tourism opportunity

Memo to Florida's convention and visitors' bureaus, meeting planners, travel agents and anyone else with any real heft in our tourism industry: Arizona's giving us another opportunity.

US Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill unanimously passes Senate

The Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill passed in the US Senate on Monday night by a unanimous vote.

Bill to improve safety puts airline industry and Congress at odds

The airline industry and Congressional leaders are at odds over funding for plans to speed modernization of the U.S. air traffic control system and improve aviation safety.

Hawaii legislators kill Waikiki gambling proposal

HONOLULU — Lawmakers in Hawaii have decided not to allow gambling on the isles.

East African tourism and wildlife management bill passed

The East African Legislative Assembly, while conducting its third session held in Kampala, Uganda, last week, passed the long-awaited tourism and wildlife bill, which also facilitates the setting up o

Political support required for joint East Africa tourism plan

The move by the regional Assembly to pass a Bill seeking to have East African countries jointly manage their tourism and wildlife sectors is laudable and could not have come at a better time.

Joint tourism body bill passed by EA House

The regional Assembly has passed a Bill that could see East African countries jointly manage their high potential tourism and wildlife sectors.

Bed-and-breakfast bill killed by Honolulu City Council

A controversial measure that would have allowed new bed-and-breakfast units on Oahu was killed Wednesday by the Honolulu City Council.

Travel Promotion Act promotes visa fee to visit US

On November 9, the US House of Representatives passed the Travel Promotion Act, a bill that would create a national nonprofit tourism promotion corporation for the United States "to communicate United

ASTA endorses small business lending bill

Last week, the House Small Business Committee passed a long-awaited package of reforms to federally-backed small business lending practices.

Bills to open US-Cuba travel increasingly drawing support

WASHINGTON - A powerful campaign to allow all Americans to travel to Cuba is rumbling through Congress, with both backers and opponents predicting eventual victory and a Cuban-American Senator holding

Travel Promotion Act passed by Congress

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Senate passed the Travel Promotion Act (S. 1023) on Wednesday, sending this hard-fought bill to the House of Representatives for action.

Senate one step closer to bill to promote US as tourism...

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate Tuesday approved a procedural motion on legislation that would create an entity to promote the U.S. as a tourism destination abroad.

France to charge tourists for rescue

French tourists that are thinking about heading off to some of the more risky foreign destinations may be asked to pay the bill if the French government has to come to their rescue.

Cruise lines to be required report crime

MIAMI — Vacationers shopping for a cruise might soon have more things to consider than price and itineraries.

Bill to end travel “blacklist” introduced by Reid

LAS VEGAS — US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has introduced a bill to prevent federal agencies from ruling out tourist destinations as places to hold official meetings.

Limits on foreign capital in Brazilian airlines may be raised

BRASILIA, Brazil - Foreign capital limits in Brazilian airline companies could rise to 49 percent from a present cap of 20 percent, according to a draft bill that the Civil Aviation Advisory Council s

Cruise industry gets reprieve on strict wastewater standards

In the last days of this session, lawmakers gave cruise lines another five years to comply with strict wastewater standards.

Cruiser disputes $28,000 bill for wireless session on ship

Be careful when using your cell phone or wireless card on a cruise ship - even if the ship is docked in a U.S. port.

Hawaii House of Representatives passes Civil Unions Bill

WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights group, today praised Hawaii’s House of Representatives for passing a civi

Bill would limit antitrust immunity for airlines

WASHINGTON — The chairman of a House committee overseeing airlines says it should be harder for carriers to work together on setting prices and schedules.

ASTA encouraged by draft stimulus bill

ALEXANDRIA, VA - ASTA is encouraged by a newly-released draft of the forthcoming economic stimulus bill.

Car rental company relents on bill after tourists crushed by glacier

WELLINGTON — A car hire company reversed course Wednesday after angering New Zealand's prime minister for charging a tourist family for not returning their car after their sons were crushed by glaci

ASTA congratulates Congress on passage of financial markets rescue bill

ALEXANDRIA, VA - In response to the House of Representatives’ vote to pass the Senate-passed version of H.R.

ASTA praises Senate passage of financial markets rescue bill

ALEXANDRIA, VA - In response to the Senate’s vote to pass H.R. 1424, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, ASTA released the following statement: