Friday, April 13, 2012
Crowley concerned about Queens tourism
From the Daily News:
Travel procedures to the United States would be streamlined from three South American countries to boost tourism in Queens under a proposal by a local lawmaker.
Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) unveiled a proposal Tuesday to expand the Department of Homeland Security’s Visa Waiver Program, which allows visitors from select countries to visit for 90 days without a visa.
Crowley hopes to convince the government to add Brazil, Argentina and Chile to the list.
“It is simple,” Crowley said at a news conference at the Queens Chamber of Commerce in Jackson Heights. “The easier it is for foreigners to enter the United States, the more likely they’ll come here.”
Tourists spent over $6 billion in the outer boroughs in 2010, Crowley said, including 70% on shopping and dining combined.
“We have to keep that number growing,” he added.