USTA Commends Department of Homeland Security's Streamlined Entry Process for Frequent International Visitors
Travel Industry Encourages Expansion of 'Global Entry' Program to Other Countries as Win-Win for Security, Economy and Public Diplomacy
The U.S. Travel Association has long been a champion of the need for an international registered traveler program and was instrumental in gaining support from Congress and the executive branch. U.S. Travel is advocating for several critical enhancements to the Global Entry program, including:
- Expansion of the program to include prominent travel partners such as Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Australia; and
- Availability of the program at all of America's Top 20 international airports (currently only available at seven);
- Increasing participation by making program enrollment more convenient and accessible; and allowing for cross-enrollment in all other Homeland Security Department regulated domestic trusted traveler programs.
The U.S. Government, namely the Departments of Homeland Security and State, has made strides in recent years in improving the U.S. visa and entry experience. In addition to these operational improvements, it is critical that America better explain its security policies and send a more welcoming message to international travelers. U.S. Travel strongly supports passage of the soon-to-be-reintroduced Travel Promotion Act to highlight our nation's improved entry process and enable the United States to welcome millions of additional visitors.
Previously the Travel Industry Association, the U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the $740 billion travel industry. U.S. Travel’s mission is to promote and facilitate increased travel to and within the United States. U.S. Travel is proud to be a partner in travel with American Express. For more information, visit .
Cathy Keefe Reynolds
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