U.S. Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) this week joined an effort in the U.S. Senate to prohibit any federal agencies listing top tourist destinations such as Orlando, Miami and Las Vegas as "blacklisted destinations" because they are also desirable places to take a vacation. If passed, this effort will ensure future federal conferences or events take place at destinations because they are more cost effective to the taxpayer.
"Travel discrimination against cities designated as a resort city' is completely uncalled for," Martinez said. "Any agency or department prohibiting events in a city not based on the value to the taxpayer should immediately end this practice. This measure will see to it that this discrimination is halted immediately."
The effort Martinez is supporting in the Senate was introduced by Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and is known as the Protecting Resort Cities from Discrimination act of 2009. Last week, Senator Martinez sent a letter to President Barack Obama encouraging the President to issue new guidance to correct the situation and prohibit the creation or use of a list of prohibited destination cities.