by Jessica Zuckerman
The Heritage Foundation
October 11, 2012
The United States’ share of international travel is declining. In 2010, the U.S. share of the global overseas travel market was 11.6 percent, down more than 5 percent from 2000. From an economic perspective alone, boosting international travel should be a top priority. Inbound travel to the U.S. already supports almost 2 million American jobs, and the value of tourism and travel’s contribution to the global economy is expected to double over the next 10 years to over $2 trillion in GDP. One clear way to help ease the burden of international travel would be to encourage U.S. friends and allies—particularly Visa Waiver Program (VWP) member nations—to adopt programs that are reciprocal with the U.S. Global Entry Program. Through Global Entry, pre-vetted U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and select other foreign nationals may receive streamlined entry to the U.S. at electronic kiosks. By encouraging more nations to adopt similar, reciprocal programs, the U.S. and its allies could create a trusted travel superhighway, facilitating international travel both to and from the U.S.

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