If the VWP is extended to candidates such as Brazil, Poland, Israel and Croatia through the JOLT Act, the U.S. will take an important step forward in reaching the goal of recapturing its share of international travelers. Expansion of the program to these and other select countries will add nearly $10 billion to the economy and create more than 60,000 additional American jobs.
As countries compete in the World Cup final this weekend, I encourage our leaders in Washington to compete for global travel. Passing the JOLT Act will infuse cash into cities across the country, create jobs and leave visitors with a better impression of the U.S. and a desire to return — scoring an important goal for the U.S. economy.
Christopher J. Nassetta is president and chief executive officer for Hilton Worldwide.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.