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house Bill H.R. 951

Should the Secretary of State Develop a Strategy to Bolster Tourism Between the U.S. & Mexico?

Argument in favor

Declining Mexican tourism to the U.S. is costing the tourism industry billions of dollars. For the sake of this industry and maintaining U.S.-Mexico dialogue, the U.S. should seek to encourage Mexican tourism to America and vice versa.

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06/09/2019
A new POTUS would be the simplest and best way to increase tourism in the US.
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Daeron's Opinion
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06/10/2019
Perhaps not building a big stupid wall could be a start?
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Hiro9's Opinion
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06/09/2019
Yes. But the chance of Pompeo doing it in Trump/Stephen Miller’s anti-brown people, racist administration is ZERO. Trump just shut down tourism with Cuba. The trade war is stifling tourism from China. So, though well meaning, expecting the Latino-phobic Trump admin to lift a finger for Mexican tourists is beyond ridiculous.
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Argument opposed

There are a lot of reasons that Mexican tourism to the U.S. has declined and while a strategy to boost tourism may help, there’s no guarantee there will be a noticeable uplift in tourism because the Secretary of State alone can’t do much.

Kodiwodi's Opinion
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06/09/2019
Were I from Mexico, I sure as heck would not spend one peso of my tourism money in the US. I would head to somewhere I was obviously less threatened and more appreciated. The Caribbean, The EU, Cuba maybe. Tourism in the US? Good luck with that. Oh and it’s not just Mexico he would have to work on. Since trump took office tourism to the US has dropped 24.9% while everywhere else except Turkey has gone up. For those saying it’s not the State Department’s job, let me quote from their duty list: It also provides an array of important services to U.S. citizens and to foreigners seeking to VISIT or immigrate to the United States. And for those saying Mexico is too dangerous to visit, let me assure many countries have travel advisories against the USA due to extreme violence, racial unrest, lgbtq bigotry, the excessive handgun ownership in the country, mass shootings, threats of terrorism and excessive homelessness. These countries include the UK, Germany, Russia, China, Canada and the Bahamas but amazingly Mexico is not yet among the list.
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Peggy's Opinion
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06/09/2019
Sounds like a boondoggle & waste of money. We have far more pressing issues.
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Gopin2020's Opinion
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06/09/2019
There’s already enough tourism with Mexico it’s called illegal aliens. The Secretary of State has real problems too deal with not more stupidity from the Democrats. #MAGA
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, and Trade
    IntroducedFebruary 4th, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 951?

This bill — the United States-Mexico Tourism Improvement Act of 2019 — would direct the Secretary of State to create a strategy to deepen bilateral tourism with Mexico, improve third-party tourism to both countries via joint promotional efforts, and expand the tourism industries in both the U.S. and Mexico through the High Level Economic Dialogue platform.

Impact

Tourism; U.S. tourism to Mexico; Mexican tourism to the U.S.; High Level Economic Dialogue platform; and the Secretary of State.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 951

$1.00 Million
The CBO estimates that implementing this bill would cost less than $500,000 each year, totalling $1 million over the 2019-2024 period.

More Information

In-DepthThis bill was introduced by Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) to boost tourism from Mexico to the U.S.

In a letter to Rep. Cuellar, the American Dental Association (ADA) expressed concerns about this bill’s potential to increase dental tourism from the U.S. to Mexico:

“[This bill] would expand the tourism industries in the United States and Mexico by emphasizing exchanges in various sectors, including dental care. The Secretary of State would develop a strategy to develop this type of tourism, including fostering partnerships between dental institutions in the United States and Mexico. The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) serves the oral health needs of the public through the development and administration of standards that foster continuous quality improvement of dental and dental-related educational programs. Accreditation ensures academic quality and public accountability… Currently, no Mexican dental schools are accredited through CODA… We believe that, until Mexican programs have received CODA accreditation, U.S. dental institutions should not build relationships with Mexican institutions for the purpose of having patients visit Mexican facilities for treatment. The patient sense of security mentioned in [this bill] cannot be guaranteed without CODA accreditation. We urge you to include this in your legislation. Additionally, when assessing the feasibility of building partnerships among dental institutions between the United States and Mexico, we urge the United States to consider other factors critical to patient safety, such as licensure of dentists and facilities following accepted asepsis, infection control and biohazard control protocols. These safeguards are critical components to dental care that patients in the United States take for granted. Lack of attention to these details may lead to a false sense of security for patients seeking care outside of the United States.”

This bill passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee with the support of four bipartisan cosponsors, including three Democrats and one Republican.


Of NoteMexican tourism to the U.S. peaked in 2016, with Mexican tourists accounting for 24.9% (19 million) of all visitors to the U.S. that year and spending $20.3 billion. Since 2016, Mexican tourism to the U.S. has declined each year, even as overall international tourism to the U.S. has increased. In 2017, there was a 6.1% decline in Mexican visitors to the U.S., costing the U.S. $1.24 billion in revenue.

Mexico has slashed funding intended to promote inbound tourism. It’s also expected to close all of the Mexico Tourism Board’s international tourism offices in favor of building a Yucatan rail line connecting tourist destinations in the country.

The High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED) between the U.S. and Mexico was established in 2013 by U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Peña Nieto to serve as a flexible platform for advancing strategic and commercial priorities central to promoting mutual economic growth, job creation and global competitiveness. The HLED has three strategic priority areas: 1) promoting competitiveness and connectivity; 2) fostering economic growth, productivity and innovation; and 3) partnering for regional and global leadership.


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / Orbon Alija)

AKA

United States-Mexico Tourism Improvement Act of 2019

Official Title

To promote bilateral tourism through cooperation between the United States and Mexico.

    A new POTUS would be the simplest and best way to increase tourism in the US.
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    Were I from Mexico, I sure as heck would not spend one peso of my tourism money in the US. I would head to somewhere I was obviously less threatened and more appreciated. The Caribbean, The EU, Cuba maybe. Tourism in the US? Good luck with that. Oh and it’s not just Mexico he would have to work on. Since trump took office tourism to the US has dropped 24.9% while everywhere else except Turkey has gone up. For those saying it’s not the State Department’s job, let me quote from their duty list: It also provides an array of important services to U.S. citizens and to foreigners seeking to VISIT or immigrate to the United States. And for those saying Mexico is too dangerous to visit, let me assure many countries have travel advisories against the USA due to extreme violence, racial unrest, lgbtq bigotry, the excessive handgun ownership in the country, mass shootings, threats of terrorism and excessive homelessness. These countries include the UK, Germany, Russia, China, Canada and the Bahamas but amazingly Mexico is not yet among the list.
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    Perhaps not building a big stupid wall could be a start?
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    Yes. But the chance of Pompeo doing it in Trump/Stephen Miller’s anti-brown people, racist administration is ZERO. Trump just shut down tourism with Cuba. The trade war is stifling tourism from China. So, though well meaning, expecting the Latino-phobic Trump admin to lift a finger for Mexican tourists is beyond ridiculous.
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    Sounds like a boondoggle & waste of money. We have far more pressing issues.
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    There’s already enough tourism with Mexico it’s called illegal aliens. The Secretary of State has real problems too deal with not more stupidity from the Democrats. #MAGA
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    Not scumbag Traitor Trump’s piece-of-shit Secretary of State. No one from this incompetent administration should be permitted to initiate any outreach other than to apologize. Otherwise, quit while you’re behind, assholes. They’ve done enough damage already. NO.
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    If Mexico would do something about drug cartels decapitating people on a daily basis, that might improve things. I used to vacation in Mexico regularly. Haven’t been there in several years now due to the dangers of simply traveling in that country.
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    Oh, yeah. This is such a timely bill. Did you happen to notice the humanitarian and medical crises at the Mexican border? That should be your prior activity before this bill comes to the fore.
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    A federal fix for TOURISM?!? Please tell me you're kidding with this bill...
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    Let’s get a person in the OO other than the hateful bigoted xenophobic racist we currently have. Tourism will go right back up to pre-T level once THAT is over.
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    No, he needs to negotiate favorable immigration into Mexico from the US. This will be sorely needed if Trump gets a second term.
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    What the hell? Once again do we have nothing better for the State Dept to do? In addition, isn’t Mexico rather dangerous? Between the drug cartels, kidnappings and crime maybe we would help with criminal issues instead of hotel arrangements in Cancun? This is a joke question right?
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    Why would any Mexican national want to visit the United States at this point? We have have threatened them, belittled them, been abusive of and murdered their people, ... . Most recently we have, with no grounds, threatened to impose tariffs that would damage their economy. Our government has created an environment here where not only are they not welcome but are scorned and at risk of harm. Why would any Mexican national want to visit the United States?
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    No, because it sounds like individuals from Mexico can visit if they want to and have a passport to do so already. Of course it is important that info regarding the length and timeline of their visit is notated to prevent someone trying to sneak in illegally. Let’s not give the country away
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    Bill sponsored by a democrat...lol. Figures he'd want to get illegals over here one way or another. I won't go back until the cartels are andele out of there.
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    The reason why tourism has declined is because of Donald “Mexico is not sending us their best” Trump. If we want to bolster tourism from Mexico, we need a President and a government that actually values Mexico as an ally and treats Mexicans as human beings.
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    Here's an idea: save the million dollars and just get rid of restrictions on travel.
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    If they want our money they will do their own thing. I don’t think they need help from the Secretary of State. They already got some of our auto factories, battery factories, and much more. Now all they need to do is Unionize. Then all manufacturers will go to China 🇨🇳.
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    Geez how much stupid stuff Democrats come up with. Seriously if Democrats would actually stop trying to destroy President Trump and America they might just understand that Mexicans living in America send 85% of all the money they make back to Mexico. So please explain why we Americans have foot the bills of all the world. What is wrong with you Liberals and Leftists? Please explain WHY.
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