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.
James Jones, communications director for DC Vote, tapes a "DC Constituents Service Day" sign on the wall as he stands with other DC residents outside of Rep. Andy Harris's office on Capitol Hill to protest Harris' actions against D.C.'s marijuana laws on Thursday, July 24, 2014. DC Vote encouraged DC residents to bring their complaints about city services to the Maryland congressman.