McCaul offers bipartisan bill to jumpstart bilateral tourism in U.S., Mexico

To help revitalize tourism in both the United States and Mexico, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) on Jan. 11 introduced a bipartisan bill designed to spur governmental cooperation between the two countries.  

“Tourism is a vital industry in both the U.S. and Mexico,” said Rep. McCaul, chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee. “It is essential that we work closely with our southern neighbor to promote this industry in a way that is mutually beneficial.”

The United States-Mexico Tourism Improvement Act, H.R. 284, which Rep. McCaul cosponsored alongside bill sponsor U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), would promote bilateral tourism in the countries following disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am proud to introduce this important legislation with my colleague Congressman Cuellar to reinvigorate the tourism industry in both the U.S. and Mexico,” Rep. McCaul said.

Rep. Cuellar pointed out that the U.S. is the primary destination for Mexican travelers, and tourism between the two countries is a critical economic driver for his home state’s economy. 

“The United States-Mexico Tourism Improvement Act will build a more resilient tourism economy post COVID-19 by bolstering tourism between our two countries and strengthening our relationship with our southern neighbor,” he said. “I thank my colleague, Congressman McCaul, for working with me across the aisle to revamp our nation’s tourism industry.”

H.R. 284 has been referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee for consideration.