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Thursday, 08 March 2012 10:08

Obama Moves to Establish Visa and Foreign Processing Goals

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The U.S. Travel Association and industry partners offered input on national strategy for travel and tourism in answer to President Barack Obama's call for comments and recommendations. Key elements for national strategy are laid out in a document that detailed objectives and tactics to promote and expand international and domestic travel as laid out in Executive Order 13597–Establishing Visa and Foreign Visitor Processing Goals.

Recommendations highlighted in the document include:

  • Improving the visa process;
  • Expanding the Visa Waiver Program;
  • Supporting international travel promotion;
  • Improving the entry experience at our international airports;
  • Increasing student and youth travel to the U.S.;
  • Improving the air travel screening and security process;
  • Accelerating travel-related infrastructure projects;
  • Boosting visitation at national parks; and
  • Improving capabilities to assist economic recovery following disasters; and others.

“The travel industry appreciates the President’s willingness to work together in developing a national strategy for travel and tourism,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. “By embracing policies to better promote travel to and within our country, we can attract a greater share of the business and leisure travel market, which will mean billions of dollars more for our economy and hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs.”

The U.S. Travel Association is not alone in the industry's efforts to further travel and tourism endeavors in the United States. Other national trade associations include:

  • American Bus Association
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association
  • American Motorcyclist Association
  • American Recreation Coalition
  • American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA)
  • BEWI Productions, Inc.
  • Business Travel Coalition
  • CityPASS
  • Destination Marketing Association International
  • Interactive Travel Services Association
  • International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE)
  • International Franchise Association
  • International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association
  • Meetings Professionals International
  • National Association of Sports Commissions
  • National Park Hospitality Association
  • National Parks Promotion Council
  • National Tour Association
  • National Tourism and Heritage Association
  • Professional Association of Innkeepers International
  • Receptive Services Association of America
  • Site & Site International Foundation
  • Society of Independent Show Organizers
  • Student & Youth Travel Association
  • TradeFair Group
  • Travel Goods Association
  • United Motorcoach Association
  • United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA)
  • Western States Tourism Policy Council (WSTPC)

Click here to download a copy of the Travel Coalition Comments

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