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FOR HEAD OF NEW YORK TOURISM, 55 MILLION VISITORS ISN’T ENOUGH

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Fred Dixon is not replacing Neil Patrick Harris in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” on Broadway, but he still has one of the hardest acts to follow in New York City.

After the city attracted a record number of visitors for the fourth straight year in 2013, Mr. Dixon was promoted to run NYC & Company, the city’s tourism marketing agency.

TOURISM GROUP PUSHES TO EASE TRAVEL-VISA RESTRICTIONS

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Monday, July 7, 2014

If you listen to Oren Lotringer, Central Florida could become a hotbed for Israeli tourism.

It has theme parks, shopping, outdoor adventures and plenty of hotels for Israeli families looking for a taste of the U.S. — all the ingredients his countrymen are looking for, he said, with one exception.

“It’s very difficult to get a visa,” said Lotringer, president of the Central Florida-based Live

HOW DOES BRAZIL'S TRAVEL BOOM AFFECT FLORIDA?

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

All eyes are on Brazil right now as the country hosts the World Cup and a throng of soccer fans from the U.S., Mexico, and other countries. Brazil returns the foreign-travel favor, and then some. The country is one of the fastest-growing markets for travel to the U.S., as its theme-park aficionados and brand-savvy bargain hunters come to the U.S. in growing numbers.

NEVADA COMMISSION ON TOURISM CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF OPENING THE FIRST U.S. TOURISM OFFICE IN CHINA

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Today the Nevada Commission on Tourism (NCOT) celebrates the 10th anniversary of its license to open a Foreign Official Tourism Department Residential Representative Office in China. Nevada was the first state to be granted such a license by the National Tourism Administration of the People's Republic of China, underscoring the state's vision for the potential of the Chinese tourism market.

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‘ENHANCED SECURITY MEASURES’ ORDERED FOR SOME FOREIGN AIRPORTS

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Secretary of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Wednesday that he had directed the Transportation Security Administration to “implement enhanced security measures in the coming days at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the United States.”

Johnson’s statement didn’t explain what specific threat may have prompted him to order the more stringent security measures nor

CAPITAL READIES FOR WORLD CUP, WORK OR NO

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Washington is expected to grind to a halt at about 4 p.m. Tuesday when the U.S. Men's Soccer Team takes the field in Brazil to play Belgium.

It’s a safe bet that TVs across the city will be tuned in, as the Washington region has been watching more of the World Cup than any other market in the country, according to ESPN.
Much of the federal government is likely to sneak away from work early.

HOMELAND SECURITY FACILITY IS TESTING A FUN NEW BIOMETRIC PROGRAM FOR AIRPORTS

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The government plans to use facial recognition and iris scanning to foreigners’ visa status as they’re leaving the United States, according to Nextgov. At a new biometric testing center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, government officials will spend the next eight to 12 months working on the technology and its application for its premiere in 10 major airports by 2015.

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IS IT WORTH $100 TO SKIP AIRPORT SECURITY LINES?

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Benet Wilson is one of the 2.5 million Americans who have paid a yearly fee to skip security lines at airports and thinks it's worth every penny she paid for a five-year membership in the Global Entry program offered by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection department.

"It's a beautiful thing," says the 50-year-old frequent flier, who writes the AviationQueen.com blog.

Earlier in June, Wilson

IMMIGRATION REFORM EFFECTIVELY DEAD UNTIL AFTER OBAMA LEAVES OFFICE, BOTH SIDES SAY

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

The two-year attempt to push immigration reform through Congress is effectively dead and unlikely to be revived until after President Obama leaves office, numerous lawmakers and advocates on both sides of the issue said this week.

The slow collapse of new border legislation — which has unraveled in recent months amid persistent opposition from House Republicans — marks the end of an effort that

PANAMA, US TO START GLOBAL ENTRY, GLOBAL PASS PROGRAMS ON JULY 15

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Panama and the United States announced a bilateral agreement Thursday that will speed up the entrance process for visitors from one country to the other. The agreement goes into effect on July 15.

“With the agreement between both nations, [travelers] will be admitted into the country without filling out forms, and this will speed up the process,” Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli said

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