WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled a plan to boost domestic and international tourism, including steps to increase annual visits by foreigners by more than 50% over the next nine years.
“Tens of millions of tourists from all over the world come and visit America every year. They stay in our hotels, they eat at our restaurants, they visit our attractions, and they help create jobs," President Obama said.
"At a time when too many Americans are still looking for work," he continued, "we need to make it easier for more people to visit this country and keep our economy growing.”
The administration has a central goal of luring 100 million foreign tourists a year by 2021 by expanding the number of people who can visit without obtaining visas, expediting visa processing and improving entry procedures at U.S. airports.