U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue and U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow testified before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security on the importance of bringing more international travelers to the United States. Dow and Donohue urged lawmakers to better promote the United States and “put a welcome mat back out for visitors,” in order to create jobs.
Donohue highlighted, “the importance of efficient travel policies to conducting international business” and that certain barriers have prevented additional travelers to the US. “With more than 20 million Americans unemployed, the Chamber’s top priority is helping the private sector grow the economy and create jobs,” stated Donohue in his testimony.
Dow knows that the travel industry is ready “to lead our economic recovery” but improving the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and our visa processing system is essential. Dow and Donohue also highlighted the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act, which makes a number of reforms to streamline and expedite the inbound travel process and grow international travel.