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Date:Thu, 24 Feb 2000 09:54:28 -0500 (EST)
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Subject: TInews: $4.5 million for a Cultural Heritage Community Development Export Initiative

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U.S. International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

2/24/2000

$4.5 million for a Cultural Heritage Community Development Export Initiative

Contact: Tourism Industries office
E-mail: otti@trade.gov
Web: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov
Phone: (202) 482-0140, Fax: (202) 482-2887

Working to help U.S. businesses and destinations stay at the forefront of a competitive global tourism marketplace, the Clinton Administration has requested a budget increase of $4.5 million for a Cultural Heritage Community Development Export Initiative.

This U.S. Department of Commerce effort will be led by the Tourism Industries office, in the International Trade Administration, and will be supported by the U.S. Commercial Service and the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

The effort has two key programmatic elements. One part is designed to further economic development in needed rural and urban communities. This segment of funding will support a comprehensive, inter-related program that will identify, develop, and promote the cultural heritage product of up to ten pilot communities throughout the country.

The other part of the Initiative is designed to improve the core research programs of Tourism Industries which will assist the pilot communities, along with other segments of the industry, in their export efforts. For example, the respondent base for the Survey of International Air Travelers (In-Flight Survey) would double, allowing, for the first time, data and analysis at a local level. In addition, the Initiative will develop a permanent set of Travel and Tourism Satellite Accounts (TTSAs).

To get more details on this Initiative please visit Tourism Industries web site http://tinet.ita.doc.gov - then click into the American Pathways and Cultural Heritage Community Development Export Initiative icon.

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Tourism Industries, International Trade Administration U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 2703 Washington, D.C. 20230 (202) 482-0140, fax: (202) 482-2887 e-mail: otti@trade.gov

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