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Improve Tourism Visa System to Spur Economic Growth

May 16, 2012

Washington, D.C. —On Wednesday, the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing on “Where the Jobs Are: Promoting Tourism to America”. The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum.

“The U.S. cannot afford to get tourism wrong. Tourism is one of the largest growth industries in America, pumping nearly $1.8 trillion into the economy and supporting 14 million American jobs in 2010. That’s why it’s crucial to improve our tourism visa processing system to boost our economy while still upholding national security.

We hope that today’s hearing marks the first step by Washington leaders in recognizing that both a smart tourism visa system and a workable immigration system play a significant role in our economic growth.”

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