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New US security measures driving away foreign tourists, industry warns

Foreign visitors have steered clear of the United States since September 11, 2001, and now tourism industry professionals fear new security measures will turn the country into an inhospitable fortress. The Travel Industry Association of America (TIA) laid its case before President George W. Bush last week, asking him to reconsider the recent tightening of regulations governing who may enter the United States and how. “Well-intentioned procedures are being introduced by the Departments of State and Homeland Security that we believe will have a serious impact on an industry that comprises six percent of the nation’s workforce but has suffered 25 percent of all jobs lost since September 11, 2001,” said William Norman, president and CEO of the group, in a letter to Bush. The US travel industry was already ailing, Norman warned. “Lucrative inbound international travel volume is at its lowest level in more than a decade and US share of world tourism has shrunk by 37 percent since 1992,” he said. Full Story

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