Travel promotion bill heads to Obama for signature

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A travel promotion bill that will be partially funded by a $10 fee charged to foreign travellers from Visa Waiver Program countries awaits US President Barack Obama's signature.

The Senate has twice endorsed the bill - on 25 February and in September 2009 - due to a procedural issue. The legislation also passed the House in November 2009.

Tourism promotion group the US Travel Association expects Obama to sign the bill into law in the coming days. The Travel Promotion Act will create a nationally coordinated travel promotion campaign through a private-public partnership.

Bill sponsor Senator Byron Dorgan says in a statement that the Travel Promotion Act will increase international tourism to the USA, create jobs and boost the US economy.

Passage comes as the European Union's US ambassador John Bruton has lambasted the legislation.