Legislation Aims to Boost Battered Travel Industry

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WASHINGTON ( -- A Florida congressman is planning to introduce legislation that would provide $100 million federal matching money for local and state tourist advertising campaigns in the hopes of reviving travel following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., has scheduled a news conference tomorrow to announce the legislation that sources say would have the Department of Commerce provide matching funds for ads to be used in a nine-month period.

State and cities who advertised this year would either get a complete match or, if too much money is sought, get proportional grants.

Rep. Foley represents Palm Beach, Fla., one city hit by the tourism woes.

While the legislation will be introduced as a separate bill, sponsors are expected to push for it to be included in the economic stimulus program Congress is considering.

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