SECTION 1. Chapter 93 of the Generals Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 114 the following new section:-
Section 115. (a) As used in this section, the following words shall, unless the context clearly requires otherwise, have the following meanings:-
“International travel service,” a service that a consumer can use to reserve lodging at an overseas vacation destination.
“Office,” the office of consumer affairs and business regulation
“Overseas vacation destination”, a resort, hotel, retreat, hostel, or any other similar lodging outside the United States.
“Business Operator,” an individual or entity that operates a business that provides access to international travel services including an overseas vacation destination or a third party that operates a business that offers international travel services.
(b) A business operator, in a manner in compliance with regulations issued by the office of consumer affairs and business regulations, shall provide information to consumers in a clear and conspicuous manner regarding the potential health and safety risks associated with overseas vacation destinations marketed by said business, if any, including the following:
(1) Information compiled by the Department of State, including Department of State country-specific travel warnings and alerts;
(2) Information regarding the onsite health and safety services that are available to consumers at each overseas vacation destination, including whether the destination:--
(i) employs or contracts with a physician or nurse on the premises to provide medical treatment for guests;
(ii) employs or contracts with personnel, other than a physician, nurse, or lifeguard, on the premises who are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation;
(iii) has an automated external defibrillator and employs or contracts with 1 or more individuals on the premises trained in its use; and
(iv) employs or contracts with 1 or more lifeguards on the premises trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, if the overseas vacation destination has swimming pools or other water-based activities on its premises, or in areas under its control for use by guests; or
(3) Information that services are not available 24 hours a day. If the onsite health and safety services at an overseas vacation destination are not available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the business operator shall provide the hours and days of availability in a clear and conspicuous manner.
(c) If the onsite health and safety services described in paragraph (2) are not available at an overseas vacation destination, or if the business operator does not possess information on the onsite health and safety services required to be provided, the business operator shall provide in a clear and conspicuous manner the following notification:-- “This destination does not provide certain health and safety services, or information regarding such services is not available. Travel to this destination may pose an increased risk to your health or safety”.
(d) A businessoperator shall establish a process under which an overseas vacation destination will be suspended from its offerings as a result of complaints from consumers to the business operator regarding poor medical care, unsafe or unsanitary facilities, or other health or safety-related issues with respect to such destination.
(f) A violation of any provision of this section shall be treated as a violation of a rule defining an unfair or deceptive act or practice prescribed under section 18(a)(1)(B) of the Federal Trade Commission Act (15 U.S.C. 57a(a)(1)(B)) set forth in section 2 of chapter 93A. The office of consumer affairs and business regulation shall enforce this act, by the same means, and with the same jurisdiction as though all applicable terms and provisions of the Federal Trade Commission Act were incorporated into and made a part of this act.
SECTION 2. The office of consumer affairs and business regulation shall issue regulations to carry out this act not later than six months after the effective date of this act.
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