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World Travel & Tourism Council Opposes US Passport Legislation
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S Coward

 
By S Coward
Published on 15-Oct-06
 

London, 14 Oct. 2006---(Prensa Latina), In a statement released here, the World Travel Tourism Council (WTTC) strongly opposes the decision of the United States Congress to maintain the January 8, 2007 deadline for implementation of the WHTI regarding air passengers, while extending the date for land and sea cruise visitors.


According to study, only 27 percent of Americans have passports
London, 14 Oct. 2006----(Prensa Latina) US passport legislation will cause the Caribbean region to lose an estimated $2.6 billion dollars in visitor exports and more than 188,300 Travel and Tourism jobs as a result of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI).

In a statement released here, the World Travel Tourism Council (WTTC) strongly opposes the decision of the United States Congress to maintain the January 8, 2007 deadline for implementation of the WHTI regarding air passengers, while extending the date for land and sea cruise visitors.

With looming implementation of WHTI for Caribbean air passengers, the United States Congress has effectively laid off 188,300 Caribbean workers, said a Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA) press release.

Last year WTTC worked closely with the Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA) to measure the impact implementation of the WHTI would have on the countries within the region, whose economies largely depend on Travel Tourism.

The same study found that some 80 per cent of US visitors to Jamaica do not use a passport, while in St. Vincent, The Bahamas and Antigua, the figures are 50 per cent, 30 per cent and 25 per cent respectively. Only around 27 per cent of Americans have current, valid passports.

WTTC President Jean-Claude Baumgarten said “These forecasts are extremely alarming and it is discriminative that airlines do not share a similar level of support to that given to cruise and land-based tourism. The economic contribution of Travel Tourism to Caribbean economies is significant and the airlines are pivotal to this area of the economy.”

WTTC will continue to support CHA in its mission to address this urgent matter in Washington DC.