US is most unfriendly country to visitors - survey
Updated: 2006-11-21 10:08
WASHINGTON - Rude immigration officials and visa delays keep millions of
foreign visitors away from the United States, hurt the country's already
battered image, and cost the US billions of dollars in lost revenue, according
to an advocacy group formed to push for a better system.
To drive home the point, the
Discover America Partnership released the result of a global survey on Monday
which showed that international travelers see the United States as the world's
worst country in terms of getting a visa and, once you have it, making your way
past rude immigration officials.
Passengers line up at a security
checkpoint at JFK International Airport in New York August 10, 2006. Rude
immigration officials and long delays in processing visas have turned the
United States into the world's most unfriendly country for international
travelers, according to a global survey released on Monday.
The survey, of 2,011 international travelers in 16
countries, was conducted by RT Strategies, a Virginia-based polling firm, for
the Discover America Partnership, a group launched in September with
multimillion-dollar backing from a range of companies that include the
InterContinental Hotels Group, Anheuser Busch and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
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