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U.S. Travel Association Applauds Customs and Border Protection Plan To Increase Trusted Travelers

The U.S. Travel Association today applauded Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Alan Bersin for his public comments calling for increased participation in trusted traveler programs as a way to thwart terror threats. In comments to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Bersin said that CBP wants to increase enrollment in trusted traveler programs to 3.5 million people in two to three years. Such an increase, said Bersin, would allow CBP inspectors “to spend time on those travelers about whom we do not have a level of confidence” and hasten movement through the line for other travelers.
“Commissioner Bersin’s comments acknowledge that risk-based approaches to security are the most efficient and effective way to facilitate …

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Obama Administration Takes Step Toward Launching Travel Promotion Program

Travel Industry Applauds Rapid Progress, Commitment to Building Successful, Sustainable Program
The U.S. Travel Association applauded a move by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Thursday that will enable U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to collect a fee from select international visitors beginning September 8 for the purpose of funding America’s first-ever travel promotion program to attract more visitors to the United States. CBP will collect a $10 fee every two years from travelers from Visa Waiver Program countries via its Electronic System for Travel Authorization. The fee, which will fund up to 50 percent of America’s promotion activities, is a result of the Travel Promotion Act signed into law by President Obama in …

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