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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.