Lack of tourism and cumbersome visa processes that discourage travel to the United States not only hurt the economy, but damages the best cure for anti-Americanism.

Total international arrivals into the United States declined 10 percent between 2000 and 2004. One survey shows that business travel into the United States has declined by 10 percent in the last two years, at a time when places like London, Singapore and Dubai are showing strong increases. Once No. 1, the United States has dropped to third as a travel destination, behind France and Spain. Over the last 14 years, global tourism has been thriving, having increased by 52 percent. But America’s share has been declining, down 36 percent in that same time frame. The Discover America group points out that travel and tourism is the third largest industry in the United States, employing 17 million people and generating $105 billion in tax revenues.

Mark Twain said it best,

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.

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