The U.S. Travel Association today commended the announcement by Ambassador Gary Locke of increased visa processing, reduced wait times and a new pilot program that waives interviews for some nonimmigrant applicants in the People’s Republic of China.
The U.S. Travel Association has announced its endorsement of new legislation to help expand the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The Visa Waiver Program Enhanced Security and Reform Act, introduced by Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), and Reps. Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), enhances security measures while extending the VWP framework to welcome additional countries.
In a first for the U.S., President Barack Obama announced a national strategy on travel and tourism to boost travel in the United States. The U.S. travel industry is a cornerstone of the U.S. economy, representing 1.8 trillion in economic output and supporting 14 million American jobs.
Support continues to build nationwide among policy makers to reform the U.S. visa system in order to welcome more international visitors, create millions of American jobs and add billions to the U.S. economy.
The US Travel Association has appointed former special assistant to the US president Blain Rethmeier to lead lobbying, communications, grass roots and research activities for the body. Rethmeier previously worked at the White House as special assistant to president George Bush.
New Visa reform legislation to create American Jobs U.S. Travel supports bill to increase efficiency of U.S. visa process.
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Tapping into the potential of the BRIC economies was one of the key discussion points of Summit Day One of the WTTC Global Travel & Tourism Summit in Las Vegas. China, India and Brazil are fuelling an explosion in international tourism, delivering rich rewards for countries that are prepared, but trouble for those that aren’t.
Travel leaders have begun the WTTC 11th Global Travel & Tourism Summit in Las Vegas by calling upon US policy-makers to undertake a review visa regulations in a bid to boost tourism, and in particular visitors from the BRIC economies.
Officials at the US Travel Association have outlined plans to reform “antiquated” visa application processes they blamed for driving international travellers to other countries. It is hoped the proposals will create 1.3 million jobs in the United States and add $859 billion to the US economy by 2020.