This is the problem I was talking about... with our dollar down so much one upsode should be that tourism goes wild. Well, it isn't. This is excepted from "travelmole.com"
28 July, 2008
Tight visas discouraging foreign conventioneers to US
The expected growth of overseas visitors coming to the US for conventions and trade shows is not as robust as it should be. Travel observers blame two factors: tight visa regulations and a crackdown on illegal immigration.
“The Department of Homeland Security wants to keep out anyone perceived to be a threat, so you must have legitimate business to come in. However, even that is a struggle,” Stephen hacker, president and CEO of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, told Meetings Midamerica.
Visitors from the 27 Visa Waiver countries, which primarily include Western Europe, do not have the problem. But it is particularly acute in emerging nations such as India and China.
Other roadblocks are in place as well. In Brazil, for example, there’s a three-month waiting list to obtain a visa to the US.
World figures from the US Tourism Industry Association report that international travel to the US has fallen by 17% since 2001.
“With our dollar down, there should be a tidal wave of tourism here,” said Mr Hacker.
Report by David Wilkening