State Department Official Explains How Improved Visa Process Means More Meeting Attendees

"I don’t think it’s too much of an exaggeration to say that people coming here for business conferences or to visit our tourist attractions have helped pull the U.S. out of the recession." - Don Heflin, managing director, Visa Office, U.S. Department of State

If you’ve seen an uptick in international attendees and exhibitors at your meetings, it’s no coincidence. Thanks to improvements to the visa entry process, the number of visas issued last year jumped 19 percent. This is a welcome change for meeting organizers who have bemoaned the long wait times and other hassles that have hurt international attendance at U.S. eve

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