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MAYOR HANNEMANN BACKS VISA WAIVER AGREEMENT WITH
Mayor Mufi Hannemann today applauded a new Visa Waiver Program agreement between the
“Travel and tourism is vital to our economy and helps enhance
The agreement, called a Memorandum of Understanding, could designate
“This is a significant milestone,” said Mayor Hannemann. “
Mayor Hannemann traveled to
As chairman of the Tourism, Arts, Parks, Entertainment and Sports Committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Mayor Hannemann has strongly advocated for expansion of the Visa Waiver Program.
“Since 9/11, international tourism has increased in other parts of the world by some 20 percent, yet decreased in our country by some 17 percent,” Mayor Hannemann said. “Foreign visitors increasingly consider the
The U.S. Conference of Mayors has adopted resolutions supporting visa reforms, entry improvements, travel promotion, the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, and expanding leisure travel from
“I have worked with the nation’s mayors, in partnership with the travel industry, on efforts to advance travel and tourism policies on a national level – which will bring significant benefits to
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff signed today the Visa Waiver Program Memorandum of Understanding with Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Yu Myung-hwan.
The U.S. Congress authorized the Department of Homeland Security in August 2007 to reform the Visa Waiver Program and strengthen the security arrangements required of existing participant countries, as well as to expand the conditions from aspiring countries to join the program.
Among the security enhancements required, DHS will establish an electronic system of travel authorization for air passengers. VWP travelers will be asked to provide some basic information online, which will generate an authorization number for travel. DHS will announce complete details on how the authorization systems will work, and when they will begin, later this year. VWP partners also must ensure reporting of lost and stolen passports to avoid fraudulent use and enhance security measures for airports that originate flights to the
The VWP has been authorized by
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|Friday, April 18, 2008|