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article imageTourism to America Still Down Six Years After 9/11

By William Suphan     Nov 2, 2007 in World
After the attacks on September 11, 2001 took place, tourism understandably took a considerable drop. Unfortunately for America, the numbers still aren't rising as people don't feel welcome.
Any time there is political violence in a country, tourism understandably drops. For many locations, however, tourism numbers rise again as time passes and people feel safer.
As Breitbart reports, tourism to the U.S. after 9/11 dropped 17 per cent, which was a loss of $94 billion in tourist dollars, 200,000 jobs, an $16 billion in tax revenue.
The Discover America advocacy campaign executive director Geoff Freeman said that people simply don't feel welcome in America.
Freeman, who is trying to get the government to make visas more efficient to obtain, create a more traveler-friendly entry process, and to improve communication, told Briebart:
"Travelers around the world feel the US entry experience is among the world's worst. We have put in place many reasonable security barriers but we have not communicated these barriers and we have not told travelers that we want their business."
According to Freeman, the Department of Commerce only projects a 1 per cent increase in tourism for the next 10 years.
"If I ran a business that had one percent growth in 10 years, I'd be fired," Freeman said.
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