Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Travel, Tourism, McCain

This week, I met with Senator John McCain to speak with him about the importance of the travel and tourism industry to American cities, and Miami in particular. Overnight visitors to greater Miami generate $17.1 billion in direct expenditures - and Miami leads the nation in both hotel occupancy and rates. Yet, foreign visitors are finding it more difficult to enter the US, usually due to a very burdensome visa process and cumbersome procedures once arrived at US airports. We want to make sure that Senator McCain and all running for US President understand the positive impact of tourism to our cities, and to seek a balance between streamlining the Commerce and Homeland Security Department to promote travel and tourism while maintaining our national security.