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Travel Promotion Act of 2009

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Travel Promotion Act of 2009
Great Seal of the United States
Enacted bythe 111th United States Congress
Public law111-145
Titles amended8 U.S.C.: Aliens and Nationality
22 U.S.C.: Foreign Relations and Intercourse
U.S.C. sections created22 U.S.C. § 2123, § 2123a, § 2131
U.S.C. sections amended8 U.S.C. § 1187(h)(3)(B)
Legislative history
  • Introduced in the House by Robert Brady on March 4, 2009
  • Committee consideration by House Administration
  • Passed the House on March 31, 2009 (416–1)
  • Passed the Senate on October 29, 2009 (unanimous consent) with amendment
  • House agreed to Senate amendment on November 6, 2009 (voice vote) with further amendment
  • Senate agreed to House amendment on February 25, 2010 (78–18)
  • Signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 4, 2010

The Travel Promotion Act of 2009 (Pub.L. 111–145, Sec. 9) is a law creating the Corporation for Travel Promotion, a public-private partnership tasked with promoting tourism in the United States. To fund the Corporation's activities, the Act provides for a fee of $10 for use of the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). Additionally, the Act authorizes a further charge to recover the costs of providing and administrating the ESTA.

The House passed the bill by a vote of 358–66 in October 2009, and the Senate followed on February 25, 2010 with a vote of 78–18. President Barack Obama signed the bill into law on March 4, 2010.[1]

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced they will level an additional $4 fee (bringing the total to $14) for visitors to the United States for the cost of administering the ESTA.[2]

The reactions of the European Union have been critical and suggestions of a similar fee have been raised on grounds of reciprocity.[3]

Brand USA

Brand USA (formerly Corporation for Travel Promotion) gets matching funds from the federal government equivalent to what it raises from the private sector, not to exceed a maximum of $100 million.[4]

Related legislation

On July 22, 2014, the House voted to pass the Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act of 2014 Act (H.R. 4450; 113th Congress), a bill that would extend the provisions of the Travel Promotion Act of 2009, which established the Corporation for Travel Promotion, through September 30, 2020, and impose new performance and procurement requirements on the corporation.[5][6]


  1. ^ The President Signs the Travel Promotion Bill Archived 2013-04-04 at the Wayback Machine White House Video
  2. ^ 75 FR 47701
  3. ^ "European Parliament criticizes ESTA fee to fund travel promotion". Visa Bureau. Retrieved April 28, 2011.
  4. ^ US Launches Corporation for Travel Promotion Archived 2012-02-05 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "CBO - H.R. 4450". Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  6. ^ "H.R. 4450". United States Congress. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  • EU Ambassador John Bruton: Statement On The Travel Promotion Act Of 2009 (internet archive), June 2009