The big idea: Setting a national goal to recapture 17% share of world-wide overseas travel

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In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, Roger J. Dow argues that if we provide more travel visas, foreign visitors will come, spend billions of dollars and create hundreds of thousands of jobs.”

“Our research shows that between 2000 and 2010 America’s share as a destination of the long-haul travel market slipped to 12% from 17%. That adds up to a lost decade for American travel with 467,000 lost jobs, $606 billion in lost spending by visitors, and $37 billion in lost tax revenue. … The supply of visas for travel to the U.S. has not kept pace with skyrocketing demand in key emerging markets. Applicants are sometimes kept waiting more than 100 days for an interview. …

“Our government must set a national goal

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