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The U.S. Travel Association (USTA) this week praised the Biden Administration’s announcement that it would form working groups to determine the path to reopening international travel with Canada, the European Union, Mexico and the United Kingdom:

“U.S. Travel and its membership believe a public-private task force can quickly develop a blueprint to reopen international inbound travel and jumpstart a sustained jobs and economic recovery,” said Roger Dow, USTA president and CEO. “With decreased infection rates in the U.S. combined with the administration’s goal of having a critical mass of Americans fully vaccinated by July 4th, there is a true near-term opportunity to safely begin to welcome back international visitors.”

Dow added that international travel can be safely restarted by applying a risk-based and science-driven approach, adding that he hoped the working groups will be able to put a reopening framework in place very quickly.

“The travel industry commends the Biden administration for taking this critical and necessary step on the international front, and we look forward to working with the federal government in every way possible to advance this process,” he said.