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The U.S. Travel Association (USTA) this week welcomed the announcement by the White House to reopen the land border between the U.S. and Canada and the U.S. and Mexico for vaccinated individuals starting in November.

“U.S. Travel has long urged a reopening of the U.S. land borders, and we applaud the Biden administration’s plan to ease entry restrictions for vaccinated visitors,” said Roger Dow, USTA president and CEO. “Declines in international visitation since the start of the pandemic have resulted in more than $250 billion in lost export income and more than a million U.S. jobs.”

Dow noted the closed Canadian and Mexican land borders alone costs the U.S. economy nearly $700 million per month, adding, “The full reopening of international travel to the United States to fully vaccinated individuals is overdue and will provide a jolt to the U.S. economy, travel businesses large and small, and to destinations across America.”