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GBTA 2014 Message to Congress Invest in the Economy Support International Travel. Increasing International Travel. World travel has grown by more than 90 million travelers during the past decade the U.S. remains far below the 17 percent share of global travel it achieved in 2000.

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    1. GBTA 2014 Message to CongressInvest in the EconomySupport International Travel

    2. Increasing International Travel • World travel has grown by more than 90 million travelers during the past decade • the U.S. remains far below the 17 percent share of global travel it achieved in 2000. • Recapturing would create up to 1.4 million American jobs and produce $511 billion in economic output by 2020. Face-to-Face Business Meetings are Key to Your Company’s Expansion and Jobs Growth

    3. Expand Visa Waiver ProgramIncrease Economic Growth Generated by Foreign Commerce Allows Travelers from Nearly 40 Countries to Come to U.S. for up to 90 Days Without a Visa Expansion of VWP to Brazil, Poland, Israel and Croatia will add nearly $10 billion to the economy and create nearly 60,000 additional American jobs Since South Korea was admitted into the program in 2008, spending by South Korean visitors has increased by 52 percent

    4. JOLT Act Increase International Business Travel Shorter Lines, Less Paperwork, More Visitors • Expand the Visa Waiver Program • Expand Global Entry Program   • Reduce Visa Wait Times • Impact on US Industry • Each Overseas Traveler Spends Approximately $4,455 • Stay on Average More than 18 Nights

    5. INVITE Act Increase International Business Travel • Pairing Global Entry sign-up with applying for a visa or a passport • Applying metrics to the entry process

    6. The “Ask”: JOLT/INVITE Acts Business Travel is Global Need Global Travel Network Expand Visa Waiver Program • House – Co-sponsor H.R. 1354, the JOLT Act • Senate – Co-sponsor S. 2315, the INVITE Act

    7. Questions?