U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement Tuesday applauding Peru’s inclusion in U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Global Entry program, making it the first South American country to participate in the program:

“As the newest partner in Global Entry, Peru joins the growing number of U.S. allied nations that see the clear advantages of a better travel experience to the United States.

"Pre-approved, low-risk visitors from Peru will soon enjoy secure, hassle-free travel to America. In 2013, 217,000 Peruvians visited the United States, and history teaches that the number will increase sharply and more Peruvians will be likely to return as a result of having access to Global Entry. More overseas visitors means more visitor spending and increased economic opportunities in communities all across the country.

“The Department of Homeland Security, especially the CBP, earns the travel industry’s praise for extending this program into South America. Let’s build on this achievement and further expand the program to America’s other close partners around the world.”

For more about the Global Entry program, please click here.

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