U.S. Travel Applauds Addition of Taiwan to U.S. Visa Waiver Program

The U.S. Travel Association commended the addition of Taiwan to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program on Oct. 2.

According to projections by U.S. Travel, the number of Taiwanese travelers to the U.S. could reach a total of 346,000 in 2013 due to the Visa Waiver Program and could boost spending by $1.3 million and support 22,500 American jobs. Compared to 2011, that would be an additional 55,500 visitors, $213 million spending and 2,800 U.S. jobs.

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced the news at the Travel and Tourism Conference, as part of the State Department's Global Business Conference Series.

“There's a strong possibility that adding Taiwan to the Visa Waiver Program will double the growth rate in arrivals in less than one year,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. “Expansion of the Visa Waiver Program spurs increased international visitation, which has a direct economic impact on the U.S. economy. I applaud Secretary Napolitano for this announcement, and encourage Congress to work with the Administration to pass legislation that will allow additional countries that could bring additional spending to the U.S. — such as Poland and Brazil — to be added in the near future.”

Comment On This Story

Name:  
Email:  
Comment: (Max. 10000 characters)  
Please leave blank:
* Please note that every comment is moderated.

 
 

Newsletter: Sign up to receive latest news, articles, and much more.

Read the latest

Auto Focus Blog: A blog covering fleets, auto rental and the business of cars

A Shared Mobility Model Takes Shape for Fleets

Technology that allows cab drivers flexible access to a shared fleet is leveling the playing field for an 89-year-old taxi company.

Safety Tech: Crash Avoidance or Sensory Overload?

As advanced safety technologies become even more pervasive on mainstream vehicles, are we creating “stupid drivers?"

Own the Fleet, Own the Future

In the dialogue surrounding new transportation paradigms, fleets have been off the public radar until recently. Here’s what’s going on, and a way for you to participate in the conversation.

Job Finder: Access Top Talent. Fill Key Positions.

>