Roger Dow at IPW last week… ‘we need to get the airport queues shorter’ Roger Dow at IPW last week… ‘we need to get the airport queues shorter’

US sector: shorter queues

The United States travel industry wants agents’ clients to get into America quicker and easier – that was the message from industry leaders at IPW, the USA’s travel and tourism showcase, last week.

 

Roger Dow, president and CEO of the US Travel Association, says the organisation is communicating to the administration that travel growth can be achieved without compromising security. He says the cost of excessively long queues in airports is a concern and one that has been made loud and clear by international travel operators and media. ‘I hear you,’ he says. ‘We are expressing that to government and getting numbers on how long the wait times are. Travel goes where it is easy to go, and long queues put people off.’ Dow and other spokespeople at IPW say it is important to extend the visa waiver programme, and rename it the secure travel partnership so that the title describes what the scheme actually does. ‘We’d also like to see more preclearance at airports.’

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