WHILE INDUSTRY OFFICIALS EXPECT a healthy increase in international business travel to the United States this year (see Meeting Professionals International's member survey, FutureWatch 2004), there is anecdotal evidence that the U.S. State Department's restrictive visa policy is having a negative effect on meeting attendance here. The problem can be traced to changes made to visa approval procedures in response to the events of 9/11. These new policies require personal interviews for ...

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