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.
Up to 400,000 travel industry jobs could be lost as a result of the BP oil disaster, according to the U.S. Travel Association. The organisation has also put the cost of the spill at $22.7 billion and and taking three years to recover, based on the aftermath of 25 recent natural and man-made disasters.
Representatives of SouthCoast USA and U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow have hosted a tourism summit at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front Hotel to urge travellers to visit the region.
Stephen P. Joyce, President and Chief Executive Officer of Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) has been named National Chairman of the U.S. Travel Association, the 1,500-member national organisation representing every segment of the travel community