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corinneconley
post Mar 8 2010, 11:52 PM
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US Introduces Kiwi Entry Fee

Kiwis traveling to the US will be asked to pay a $US10 ($14) fee to help fund a program to boost tourism - as well as the ailing US economy.

The fee will apply to the US "visa waiver" program that is mostly used by tourists and short-stay business travelers from 34 countries, including Australia and New Zealand.

Details of the fee appeared in the Travel Promotion Act, which Barack Obama signed into law late last week. The new impost is expected to raise about half the funds for a $US200 million ($285m, NZ) global "Come to America" campaign.

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post Mar 10 2010, 03:52 PM
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So, this is a new fee, right, that didn't have to be paid before? And then the money is going to be used to promote tourism to the U.S.?

OK.

Maybe they should just use the money to work on making security at airports better/faster. I bet that would get more tourists to come here.


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post Mar 12 2010, 07:08 PM
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Do you really think the airports are really a reason for people not traveling to the US? Overall, I really don't think its any worse than other countries, and security is tightest here. As for speed, I've traveled around holidays and only waited for a few minutes in line in the US. Also, most international airports outside of big cities are often small and security involves someone poking through your bag with a stick.

I am just curious as to your claim that changing US airports would affect tourism.


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post Mar 12 2010, 08:12 PM
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Well, certainly a lot of people on this forum have said that that's a reason they don't want to travel here. [shrug]

Some U.S. airports are better than others, and some terminals within the same airport are better than others. I've been through some absolute nightmares coming back into the country.

Maybe it would help tourism to improve the system, maybe it wouldn't ...just saying it's a possibility based on comments I've seen here.


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