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White House seeking to boost post-recession travel

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The White House is reassuring travel industry leaders that the United States cares about tourism as the country recovers from a recession that left many unable to spend as much on vacations and business trips.

President Barack Obama's senior adviser, Valerie Jarrett, told the Global Travel & Tourism Summit in Las Vegas the U.S. wants to make travel easy and safe, attract international visitors and spur business.  Jarrett says U.S. is working to expand its ability to process tourist visas for international travelers.

Travel executives have expressed concern that the US doesn't hold the tourism industry in the same regard as other business sectors.  But the head of the World Travel & Tourism Council says tourism is 9 percent of global domestic product, while autos contribute 8 percent and banking 11 percent.

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