Las Vegas, NV (AP) - The White House is reassuring travel industry
leaders that the United States cares about tourism as the country
recovers from a recession that left many unable to spend as much on
vacations and business trips.
President Barack Obama's senior adviser, Valerie Jarrett, told
the Global Travel & Tourism Summit in Las Vegas the U.S. wants to
make travel easy and safe, attract international visitors and spur
Jarrett said Wednesday the U.S. is working to expand its ability
to process tourist visas for international travelers.
Travel executives say the U.S. doesn't hold the tourism industry
in the same regard as other business sectors.
The head of the World Travel & Tourism Council says tourism is 9
percent of global domestic product, while autos contribute 8
percent and banking 11 percent.
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