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PRESIDENT OBAMA GOES TO EUROPE: TOP FIVE POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

President Obama’s visit to Europe this week will be an important opportunity for the U.S. President to restate America’s commitment to the transatlantic partnership, strengthen the NATO alliance, and shore up European opposition to Russian aggression against Ukraine.

Across the Atlantic, President Obama should also take note of the mounting disillusionment with the European Union, expressed in

PASS JOLT ACT TO STRENGTHEN POLAND TIES

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on President Obama's visit to Poland:

"The president has signaled that he would like the U.S. to cement economic and security ties to Poland, and there is a quick and easy avenue available for achieving that: admitting Poland to the Visa Waiver Program.

"Visa Waiver is a highly successful

BRAZILIAN AIRLINE AZUL REQUESTS PERMISSION FOR U.S. LAUNCH

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, the Brazilian airline established by JetBlue and WestJet co-founder David Neeleman, has applied with the U.S. Department of Transportation to launch U.S. service as soon as this year.

The airline in its June 2 request indicated plans to launch daily service from Sao Paulo to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando in December, followed by daily New York-Sao Paulo service

TRAVEL INDUSTRY PUSHES FOR POLAND TO JOIN VISA WAIVER PROGRAM

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The U.S. travel industry used President Obama's European trip to make another push for passage of legislation that would let Poland into the Visa Waiver Program.

The measure, the JOLT Act, has a mix of Republican and Democratic support with nearly 160 House co-sponsors, and would more broadly help smooth travel in and out of the United States, especially for international travelers.

"The

US VISA WAIVER FOR PERUVIANS COULD TAKE UP TO SIX YEARS

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Monday, June 2, 2014

The United States’ decision to allow Peru’s inclusion into its visa waiver program (WMP) for short-term visits up to 90 days is expected to take between three years to six years, the National Chamber of Tourism’s (Canatur) has reported.

Canatur’s President, Jorge Jochamowitz, noted the Peruvian government is currently working in obtaining biometric passports to improve migration controls for

MEXICO'S FIRST-QUARTER SCORE

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Monday, June 2, 2014

I first met Claudia Ruiz Massieu, Mexico's secretary of tourism, 11 months ago, when she had been on the job for about seven months. We discussed a surprisingly detailed list of initiatives she was proposing:

  • Extending tourism from Cancun and the Riviera Maya to the Mayan and colonial sites in Yucatan, Chiapas, Campeche and Tabasco, beginning with new rail service from the Riviera Maya to

TIME TO REWARD POLAND FOR ITS FRIENDSHIP: LET THEM JOIN THE VISA WAIVER PROGRAM

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

President Barack Obama’s visit to Poland tomorrow is expected to demonstrate U.S. support for this strategically important and historical ally, in the wake of Russia’s aggressive actions against neighboring Ukraine. While Poles will certainly welcome the president’s visit, they will do so with some trepidation.

Obama has upset many Poles by, among other things, unilaterally canceling a

ON THE AGENDA

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Monday, June 2, 2014

The travel industry owes another tip of the hat to President Obama and his administration for paying attention to tourism.

Over the course of four or eight years, most recent presidents have managed to say at least one nice thing about every sector of the economy, from agriculture to zoos.

MEXICO'S FIRST-QUARTER SCORE

Publish Date: 
Thursday, August 20, 2015

I first met Claudia Ruiz Massieu, Mexico's secretary of tourism, 11 months ago, when she had been on the job for about seven months. We discussed a surprisingly detailed list of initiatives she was proposing:

• Extending tourism from Cancun and the Riviera Maya to the Mayan and colonial sites in Yucatan, Chiapas, Campeche and Tabasco, beginning with new rail service from the Riviera Maya to

US SEEKS TO EASE VISIT VISA PROCEDURES

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

The US plans to make the visa application and approval process more efficient, said a high-ranking at the US Travel Association (USTA).

“For travelers from nations where visa requirements remain in place, including Saudi Arabia, the goal is to make the application and approval process more efficient,” said Patricia Rojas-Ungar, vice president of government relations at the USTA, during a recent

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