ORLANDO, Fla. - President Barack Obama wrapped up a 12-minute speech today the most magical place on Earth today. He introduced a plan to lure international tourism dollars into Uncle Sam’s pockets, according to an Orlando Sentinel report. During the speech at Disney World's Magic Kingdom, the president said his plan was all about making it easier for people to visit this country -- while maintaining national security.
These strategies include accelerating the process of visa applications, which can take weeks at a time, allowing “low risk” foreign visitors to get through airline checkpoints more quickly and focusing on booming economies like China, Brazil and India.
A White House official explained the rationale for the initiatives, saying, "The more people come to the country, the more money they are spending … and obviously this has a stimulative effect on the economy."
The administration isn’t too forthcoming with figures regarding the amount of jobs that the new policies would generate. However, Roger Dow, the president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, said that every 35 international visitors would create one American job that can’t be outsourced.
In addition to promoting the tourism initiatives, Obama's speech is seen as a way to appear active as election day approaches, the article says.
This is significant for his campaign, as Florida’s I-4 corridor is considered a swing region of America's biggest swing state.
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