IOWA, Iowa (AP) It’s the Iowa travel industry’s latest casualty, and its a reminder that the state’s tourist economy is struggling.
Iowans travel more than a third of the nation’s population, but tourism has fallen by more than $100 million since 2008.
Travel companies and travel agencies have lost millions of dollars, and the state has lost billions.
That’s why a proposed bill passed by the state House would take away state funds for tourism and make it more difficult for people to book vacation time.
State Rep. Brad Anderson, D-Cedar Rapids, who sponsored the bill, says the money goes to tourism but it’s not enough.
He says the bill is a solution in search of a problem.
Travelers will still be able to book a trip to Iowa, but their travel plans will be limited, according to Anderson, who is also a member of the House Tourism and Entertainment Committee.
He expects to introduce another bill to do the same.
The Iowa Chamber of Commerce is supporting the bill.
The group is a lobbyist for the state.
Its president, Jim Miller, says a tourism bill is necessary to help the tourism industry grow.