On Wednesday, President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced their intent to take the necessary steps to enable Brazil to participate in the Global Entry program.

With 1.9 million Brazilians traveling to the U.S. in 2017, the country is the sixth-largest overseas inbound market to the U.S.—jumping from ninth place just 16 years ago. Brazilian visitors to the U.S. spent $7.1 billion in 2017, with each visitor spending an average of $5,713 per trip. These high-spending visitors are already traveling to the U.S. in significant numbers, and Brazil’s addition to Global Entry will only help realize the full potential of this valuable market.

Global Entry is a good deal for both nations: visitors enjoy a secure, efficient entry process, and the information-sharing and enhanced screening measures required by the program will improve security and relations between the two countries.

U.S. Travel applauds both presidents for realizing the security and economic benefits of Global Entry, and hopes to see this valuable program expand even further. 

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Tori Emerson Barnes is Executive Vice President, Public Affairs and Policy, at the U.S. Travel Association, the leading voice for all segments of the U.S. travel and tourism industry. Barnes directs the association's public affairs and external... View Profile ›

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