Advocacy News



Appalachian Regional Commission, Delta Regional Authority, Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Heritage Areas Programs.  Read Full Statements Here

5.2.17 Southeast Tourism Society announces 2017 Public Policy Goals

One of the pillars of the Southeast Tourism Society is to serve as a unified voice on matters of legislation, public policy and the future of the tourism sector.  Through the leadership of the Board of Directors’ Advocacy Pillar Committee, the aim of STS’s public policy agenda is to advance travel and tourism as a driving force for economic growth and job creation, preserving the culture and history of the Southeast, and showcasing the exceptional travel experiences of our region.
To ensure the tourism sector remains an engine of growth, STS advances these policy priorities in the 115th Congress:  Read Them Here

President Obama signs NATIVE Act

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama signed S. 1579, the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act.  The Act requires the Departments of Commerce, the Interior, and other Federal agencies with recreational travel or tourism functions to update their management plans and tourism initiatives to include Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and Native Hawaiian organizations.  Full Story:

“Team STS was the first  major tourism group to express support for the goals of the NATIVE Act and it is with great appreciation that I share this news with you. Thanks for everything!”   Lenna M. Aoki, General Counsel, Senator Brian Schatz

Tourism Means Economic Development


In a struggling economy, tourism continues to be one of the few economic bright spots, generating $813 billion in spending annually, creating $124 billion in tax receipts and supporting 7.5 million jobs nationally. Tourism is proving to be essential to the economic vitality of communities throughout the country, however, as with every economic sector, tourism’s situation is precarious. A dip in the economy, a natural disaster or bad summer season is all it would take to create serious financial loss. It is a loss that would have a ripple effect throughout the Southeast and the nation. 



See how travel work for your state: SPENDING, JOBS, PAYROLL by Congressional District for your state (select below)

The Centennial Find your Park Flag

A specially designed Centennial flag (2’ x 3’) available for purchase to the tourism community. The flags can be flown from a standard flag pole, mounted to a wall or framed and hung. Flying the Centennial flag will allow hotels, tourism offices, welcome centers, restaurants, museums, stores, and other tourism-related businesses to show their support for the National Parks and demonstrate the importance of the parks to local economies.

Celebrate and display theCentennial Find your Park flag - Purchase Yours HERE

“Celebrating the Special Places of the Southeast”

A video slide show of the national park sites in the Southeast and their park rangers. Showcasing the special places of the Southeast and the exceptional park staff who make visiting an amazing experience, this presentation builds on Ken Burns’ National Parks documentary to build media and public awareness of the celebration of the Southeast’s special places.