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Travel: Tourist visits to U.S. up 10 percent this summer

Efforts to speed visa-processing paying off; tourism industry touts job-growth potential

Western outdoor destinations play an important role in the national tourism equation.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — International tourism to the U.S. surged during the summer travel season, with the number of visitors increasing 10 percent from the previous year and revenues also climbing.

In a new report issued this week, the White House is at least partly crediting the administration’s travel and tourism policy, which set very specific goals for visa processing and other measures to help boost travel to the U.S.

As a result of the policies, visa wait times in Brazil and China have been cut dramatically, from 140 days down to an average of two days in Brazil, according to the report. Continue reading

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