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Growing U.S. Tourism & the Travel Hall of Leaders
Passport, Visa & Customs / Travel News / USA

Growing U.S. Tourism & the Travel Hall of Leaders

Recently the Obama administration released a travel and tourism policy and a position paper that went a long way towards satisfying a lot of the issues that have been facing… Read More…

Travel Contest: What YOU Need on the Road, Week 3 Challenge
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Travel Contest: What YOU Need on the Road, Week 3 Challenge

It’s the last week of the What YOU Need on the Road contest. We’ve covered flying etiquette, driving trips and this week we’re going abroad. Answer our travel process question… Read More…

WTTC Spotlight: Reviving U.S. Tourism post 9/11
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WTTC Spotlight: Reviving U.S. Tourism post 9/11

Did you know that in the last 10 years, the U.S. lost a third of its international long haul travel? This past week Peter Greenberg Worldwide broadcast from the World… Read More…

The Travel Detective: Why U.S. Customs and Border Protection Needs to Change
Passport, Visa & Customs / The Travel Detective® Blog / Travel News

The Travel Detective: Why U.S. Customs and Border Protection Needs to Change

The Obama administration is relaxing visa restrictions in an effort to attract more foreign visitors and boost the U.S. economy, but that is not enough. The Travel Detective lays out… Read More…

How Americans Can Travel to Cuba: A CBS Early Show Report
Caribbean / CBS News / Passport, Visa & Customs / Videos

How Americans Can Travel to Cuba: A CBS Early Show Report

For years Cuba has been a forbidden country for Americans, only assessable to travelers willing to risk losing their passport in the process. But this year, thanks to changes in… Read More…

Icarus & Daedalus Mural in Chicago - photo via Flickr user swanksalot
Australia & New Zealand / Icarus Award / Passport, Visa & Customs / Travel News

Icarus Award: X Marks the Gender, Dogs on the Runway & a Seat Belt Straitjacket

It doesn’t pay to mistreat a flight attendant, though you may win an Icarus award for doing so. Last week’s flight attendant biting incident beat out Green Day’s Billy Joe… Read More…

Preclearance Program Good For Governments, Passengers, Airlines: Why Not Expand It?
Luggage & Packing / Passport, Visa & Customs / The Travel Detective® Blog / Travel News / Travel Safety / USA

Preclearance Program Good For Governments, Passengers, Airlines: Why Not Expand It?

Have you ever landed after a long trip abroad only to get stuck in a long line at customs? Turns out the delay might not be necessary. The Travel Detective… Read More…

Destination USA: Four Ways To Improve America’s Tattered Welcome Mat For Foreign Travelers
Business Travel / Passport, Visa & Customs / Travel News / USA

Destination USA: Four Ways To Improve America’s Tattered Welcome Mat For Foreign Travelers

Is America a welcoming travel destination for foreigners? Not so much, say some experts. Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, sits down with Peter to discuss how… Read More…

U.S. Travel Association Releases New Aviation Security Blueprint: Will Government Listen?
Airlines & Airports / Health & Fitness / Passport, Visa & Customs / Terrorism / Travel News / Travel Safety

U.S. Travel Association Releases New Aviation Security Blueprint: Will Government Listen?

The U.S. Travel Association (USTA) recently released a report entitled, “A Better Way: Building a World-Class System for Aviation Security,” which outlined some key elements for improving and streamlining air… Read More…

Birthing Tourism: Foreign Moms Using Travel To Gain American Citizenship For Newborns
California / China / Family/Kids Travel / Passport, Visa & Customs / Travel News / USA

Birthing Tourism: Foreign Moms Using Travel To Gain American Citizenship For Newborns

Southern California lawmakers called for immigration law improvements on Thursday after a business catering to “birthing tourism” was shut down earlier this month. On March 8, officials closed down three… Read More…

America’s New Entry Fee Riles Canadians, Could Hurt Travel And Trade
Canada / Passport, Visa & Customs / Travel News / USA

America’s New Entry Fee Riles Canadians, Could Hurt Travel And Trade

Canadians flying or sailing into the United States may soon have to pay an entry fee, a move that has created political and financial tensions between the neighboring countries. The… Read More…

New Fees From Foreign Travelers To Fund USA Travel Promotions
Passport, Visa & Customs / Travel News / USA

New Fees From Foreign Travelers To Fund USA Travel Promotions

Starting Wednesday, visitors from 36 countries can expect to pay a new travel fee when they visit the United States. The majority of the proceeds for the new fee will support… Read More…

Passport, Visa & Customs / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Increased Passport Fees

Did you hear the news that passport fees went up recently? It’s not great news for travelers, but that certainly shouldn’t stop you from getting a passport. According to the… Read More…

Passport Fees Rising for Americans
Passport, Visa & Customs / USA

Passport Fees Rising for Americans

American globetrotters will need to shell out 35 percent more for passport fees starting July 13, the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs announced recently. The cost of getting… Read More…