Increasing travel to the United States is the most effective form of economic stimulus – supporting communities, injecting billions into the U.S. economy and creating millions of good, new American jobs. With a new nationally coordinated program, called Brand USA, in place to market the U.S. as a global destination, we now have the means for attracting more overseas visitors. However, those would-be visitors must navigate a cumbersome and often expensive visa process in order to visit our shores. Then, what greets them when they arrive at our gateway airports? Too often, long lines and frustrating wait times to enter the U.S.
To take advantage of the growing global travel market and the spending international visitors would contribute to our economy, the U.S. must become better at welcoming international visitors.
Many barriers exist that inhibit the free flow of both domestic and international travelers within America. Whether a family of four about to embark on their summer vacation or a business traveler flying to the annual sales conference, our nation’s outmoded transportation infrastructure and inconsistent airline passenger screening process make it more difficult for these travelers to get from place to place.
To encourage the free flow of travel within the country, the U.S. must improve our aviation security process and invest in improvements to our transportation infrastructure.
When conducted responsibly, government conferences, meetings and travel deliver important services to businesses and individual taxpayers – including safety inspections, disaster relief assistance, corporate training on taxes and government regulations, services for the military and more. Government meetings, conferences and events also support economic growth and job creation. In 2011, government travel alone supported more than 290,000 American jobs.
Cutting government travel only undercuts American economic recovery, growth and job creation