A homeland security appropriations bill has been passed through the U.S Congress, a move which was highly praised by the National Business Travel Association (NBTA), the voice of the business travel industry.
The bill, which is expected to be signed by the President today, will help facilitate the global business travel market while enhancing U.S border security.
This will be achieved through the funding of government security initiatives that NBTA and its members have actively supported, including Global Entry and US-VISIT.
Global Entry is designed to provide frequent low-risk business travellers with a mechanism to speed their immigration checkpoint processing upon reentry to the United States.
NBTA has advocated rapid expansion of the program from the pilot state to national rollout. NBTA urges U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to also deploy enrollment opportunities beyond current airport locations.
For several years NBTA has supported the creation of a comprehensive exit system, which is a pre-requisite for the expansion of the Visa Waiver Program in 2009, and believes it is an inherently governmental responsibility.“NBTA congratulates Congress for passing this vital funding measure,” said NBTA Executive Director and COO Bill Connors. “The strengthening and expansion of these critical security programs is a high priority for NBTA and the business travel community. By providing business travelers with quick, convenient and secure exit and entry identity processes, these initiatives will help to promote the flow of international commerce.”
The funding measure also provides $8.75 million for 173 new CBP positions at U.S. airports to improve and hasten the current security screening process for travelers.
Thursday, 2 October 2008
The Business Travel Industry Praises New Homeland Security Bill
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F