Global Entry Aids Frequent U.S. Travelers and New Visa Initiatives Will Promote Increased Numbers of Tourists from China and BrazilFORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines today applauded the Obama Administration's initiatives to increase travel and tourism to the United States and within our nation's borders.
"The initiatives set forth and outlined today by the Obama Administration will definitely benefit all who work in the nation's travel and tourism industry, which can only add jobs and strengthen the economy," said Tom Horton, American's Chairman and CEO. "President Obama is to be commended for his leadership in this effort.
"We have long advocated for enhancements to the distribution of non-immigrant visas in such important emerging markets as Brazil and China and have told the Administration that improving the process will not only allow more tourists to visit but create travel and tourism jobs in the United States. Increasing non-immigrant visa capacity in China and Brazil by 40 percent and ensuring that 80 percent of those applicants interviewed receive their visas within three weeks is a laudable goal," said Horton.
"Additionally, the new pilot program that was announced to simplify and expedite the non-immigrant visa process for certain applicants and the opportunity for low-risk applicants to have visa interviews waived is exciting news.
"We also applaud the Administration for its initiative to expand the Visa Waiver Program to include more participants and assist more travelers through an expansion of trusted traveler programs such as the Global Entry program, which truly enhances the customer experience when passengers are able to expedite customs and immigration processing," Horton added.
"Creating a task force to recommend ways to promote domestic and international travel opportunities for U.S. citizens and promoting visits to our nation's parks, wildlife refuges, cultural and historic sites also will have a positive effect on the transportation industry," said Horton.
American operates a daily flight to Beijing and Shanghai from its cornerstone hub in Chicago and a daily flight to Shanghai from Los Angeles. American also operates flights from Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami and New York JFK each day to Brazil. American serves Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Salvador Bahia, Recife and Belo Horizonte in Brazil.
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