Anti-Terror Laws Hurt Tourism, Group Says

A travel industry trade group is campaigning against new federal rules aimed at preventing foreign terrorists from entering the country, warning that the measures, as planned, will hurt tourism and do little to enhance security.

The Travel Industry Association of America on Tuesday urged airline, hotel and cruise line representatives to write letters to members of Congress and officials within the Bush administration and described several directives from the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security as “ill-advised.” The rules, which go into effect over the next six months, will require machine-readable passports for tourists entering the country without a visa; fingerprinting of every international traveler; and interviews with applicants for a non-immigrant U.S. visa. Full Story

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