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The Visa Waiver Program: Enhancing security, promoting prosperity
from The Heritage Foundation
The Visa Waiver Program is a valuable tool supporting U.S. tourism and trade, public diplomacy and national security.
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Partnering with private investors to rebuild America
from The White House Blog
Investing in transportation creates value, and that means it's a worthwhile investment—for public funds, yes, but also for the private sector.
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The grind of air travel: Where did it all go wrong?
from USA TODAY
Many Americans would agree that flying has become an experience to be endured rather than enjoyed. And if the flying experience has declined, some say civility among travelers has gone down right along with it.
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Fall tourism rising: Fewer crowds, nice weather
from The Washington Post
Fall used to be off-peak for tourism everywhere except New England and other fall foliage destinations. But autumn tourism is rising, with traditional summer hotspots increasingly busy September through November.
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    Keep your data yours while traveling (The New York Times)
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Brand USA eyes over 1 million Indian visitors to U.S. in 2015
from The Economic Times
Aiming to attract over a million visitors from India, the U.S. is undertaking various promotional initiatives to position itself as a premier travel destination.
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Let's celebrate global tourism's contributions on September 27—World Tourism Day
from Forbes
Later this month, on September 27, people around the world will mark World Tourism Day as they have every year since 1980.
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430 million days of unused paid vacation in a year
from Meredith Vieira Show
VideoBriefAccording to the U.S. Travel Association, there are 430 million days of unused paid vacation in a year. We would like to help lower that statistic.
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Travel among most potent U.S. exports, study finds
from Travel Pulse
Since exports involve the consumption of U.S. goods and services with foreign currency, international travel and tourism falls into the "export" category—and it greatly outperforms most other U.S. industries in that capacity.
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In the hot seat with Brand USA's Chris Thompson
Travel Weekly
As destination marketers, we're storytellers: We're basically trying to put our destination front and center and tell a compelling story about it. So we have developed lots of programs that speak to what we call "beyond the gateway."

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National Tourism Strategy aims to make visiting U.S. easier
The Washington Diplomat
"The fastest way to grow our international inbound travel is by increasing the Visa Waiver Program," said Patricia Rojas-Ungár, vice president of government relations at U.S. Travel.

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Keep your data yours while traveling
The New York Times
When it comes to security, Gary A. Oster, senior vice president, business development and marketing at U.S. Travel, relies on layers to protect himself from digital thieves.

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Would national parks be better off in the hands of the private sector?
from Wall St. Cheat Sheet
From the volcanic pools of Yellowstone in Wyoming, to the jagged coastline of Maine, to the Everglades in Florida, the United States is fortunate to be home to some of the most beautiful and intriguing landscapes on the planet.
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Report on USA Tourism: Obama's National Travel and Tourism Strategy
from eTurbo News
The recent Vouchercloud "USA Travel and Tourism Report" outlines President Obama's National Travel and Tourism Strategy to increase America's desirability to tourists, and make the U.S. more competitive in the global tourism market.
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97 percent. How's that for an approval rating?
from U.S. Travel Association
When we asked travel suppliers to rate the overall quality of the buyers they met and did business with at IPW, 97 percent gave IPW buyers a rating of good, very good or excellent. How's that for an approval rating? They called IPW "invaluable," and the "most important show of the year." Register now to join us on the show floor in Orlando, Fl, for IPW 2015, May 30-June 3.
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