LV Chamber Supports President's Plan to Increase International Travel to the United States

LAS VEGAS – Kristin McMillan, president & CEO of Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement of his executive order to streamline the visa process and increase travel to the United States:

“The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce applauds President Obama’s executive order and new initiatives to ease visa restrictions for non-immigrant travel to the United States, accelerate the visa approval process and to make travel and tourism an economic priority.

“These steps forward are positive for Las Vegas’ core tourism industry and have the potential to positively impact our overall economy by making it easier for international travelers to come to Las Vegas to do business, attend conventions and experience our unique city. These initiatives are particularly important as we focus on diversification on our economy to successfully compete in a global marketplace.”

“The Chamber has strongly advocated for these changes during a recently business leaders trip to Capitol Hill.  We appreciate President Obama recognizing the importance of international travel and tourism on our economy.  We also thank Congressman Joe Heck, who introduced similar legislation in Congress last year, and the leadership Senator Harry Reid and the entire Nevada Congressional delegation in moving this issue forward.”

The key provisions in the executive order that will be particularly impactful in Las Vegas are:

  • Increasing of non-immigrant visa processing capacity in China and Brazil by 40 percent in 2012.
  • Ensuring that 80 percent of non-immigrant visa applicants are interviewed within three weeks of receipt of application.
  • Nomination of Taiwan to Visa Waiver Program.