Travel insurance: US visa process 'putting off visitors'

Saturday, 18 April 2009

The process for obtaining a visitor visa in order to enter the US is putting British tourists off going there, in news that may be relevant to travel insurance customers.

Kristy Chandler is director of communications at the US Travel Association and discussed the recent volumes of people from the UK holidaying in North America.

Although arrivals are up from last year, numbers are still below what they were in 2000, before 9/11.

She said this is evidence the US has not captured any new visitors.

"Our research shows that this decline is due to perceptions abroad about the hassle factor of getting a visitor visa and the process of entering the United States," Ms Chandler added.

According to the US department of commerce, 2000 saw 4,703,008 Brits enter the country, while last year there were 4,564,895 arrivals.

This compares to 2001 after 9/11, when 4,097,258 Brits ventured to North America.

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