At the end of August, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., first introduced the “Protecting Tourism in the United States Act” with U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., as the cosponsor.
“This comprehensive study will help us get the data we need for near-term action. In the long run, it will help us understand the impact the pandemic has wreaked on travel and tourism for future planning."
U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, introduced the proposal in the U.S. Senate while Salazar will be the sponsor in the U.S. House.
U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla., wrote GSA on the matter this week. The two congressmen called on GSA to use those per diem rates through at least FY 2022, insisting doing so would help Florida’s tourism industry, though they would prefer GSA to use those rates until FY2026. 
The funds are coming from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Gulf Coast Restoration for the Snorkel and Dive Reef construction project. The $1,233,566.00 Direct Component grant comes from funds included in the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act (RESTORE Act) which was passed in 2012.
With Tuesday being World Autism Awareness Day, SeaWorld Orlando announced it has named a certified autism center by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). 
The revised report tackles challenges to tourism growth, including a new section on the pandemic response, as well as misconceptions about tourism promotion. Comprehensive information about the roles local tourism promotion organizations, Visit Florida and the private sector play within the industry are included. New graphics also detail how competitive the tourism industry is both domestically and internationally.