Expansion of Global Entry Strengthens Security, Boosts Economy
U.S. Travel Applauds U.S. Customs and Border Protection for Allowing More International Travelers into the Trusted Traveler Program
August 12, 2013
Washington, D.C. - Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, today released the following statement on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) announcement of its intent to allow citizens of the United Kingdom, Germany, South Korea and Qatar to enroll in its highly successful trusted traveler program known as Global Entry.
"The trusted traveler program brings with it a wide array of security, economic and consumer benefits, and CBP is to be applauded for continuing to push for its expansion.
"Global Entry expedites screening for preapproved, low-risk international travelers, enabling CBP to focus its screening resources on potentially riskier unknown travelers. Expanding Global Entry to more travelers from key allied nations will strengthen United States aviation security while improving the efficiency of the U.S. entry process for all travelers.
"According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, international travelers added nearly $90 billion to the U.S. economy in the first six months of 2013. International travel to the U.S. is America's No. 1 services export, and America posted a travel trade surplus of $4.3 billion in June.
"By welcoming more international travelers, CBP's expansion of the Global Entry program will help provide more jobs, more economic opportunity and more revenue to communities all across the U.S.
"We are excited by the prospect of expanding this program in the very near future to qualified travelers from the UK, Germany, South Korea and Qatar."
Cathy Keefe (202) 408-2183
The U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $2.0 trillion in economic output and supports 14.6 million jobs. U.S. Travel's mission is to increase travel to and within the United States.