Post-9/11 travel rules could be hurting foreign tourism


WASHINGTON – The Travel Industry Association said the U.S. has lost $130 billion in tourist spending since the Sept. 11 attacks.

With the dollar weakening against many foreign currencies, many thought tourists would be flooding the theme parks and other tourist meccas across the U.S., but that has not happened.

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“What is happening is that the European Press is beating us like a drum, saying ‘America doesn’t want you.’ It’s a hassle to get here, so all those things are adding up to people not coming here,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the Travel Industry Association.

A State Department spokesperson said no matter what the laws are, some people will still be turned away, and feelings will be hurt.